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Syntax coloring == Digital Ink Fail

I just purchased "Programming Scala", 2nd Ed and once again I am bitterly disappointed in your eBook offering. On eBooks, syntax highlighting makes code listings unpleasant to read and impossible to study. On my kindle reader, colors are mapped to gray scale and much of the code is rendered in shades of light gray. Other implementations map colors to differing font effects, but rendering code in underlined, initialized, bold or medium also does not work well on the small eReader.

A must have for me is the non back lit, black and white eReader. I don't want to read on a back lit full color tablet. I find it hard to believe that your editors have looked at code listings for all eBook formats. This is in stark contrast to your absolutely wonderful efforts in your Atlas publishing site which incorporates easy to read code listings.

If there is no way to provide a B&W toggle switch for digital Ink eBook users, please consider publishing eBook-specific formats in Black and White?

Stephen Wright

PS: Just to get this off of my chest: Other publishers furnish code listings in JPEG, and this too does not work for eBook readers. Code furnished in image formats does not translate well to the small format of eBook readers. FWIW, I'm visiting the Manning web site next. PDF reader formatting is also in dire straits. Is it really impossible to make a reader that can reformat PDF so it can flow down the page at whatever font size the user desires?
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  • Hi Stephen,

    Apologies that our ebook version of Programming Scala did not meet your expectations. O'Reilly has a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee (http://shop.oreilly.com/category/cust...), so please let us know if you would like a refund, and our customer service team can assist.

    Regarding your feedback (which we greatly appreciate), we are currently researching and working on improvements to better optimize syntax highlighting for both color and monochrome displays across the ereader ecosystem, and will provide ebook file updates to existing customers as soon as they are available.

    Best,
    Sanders

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    Sanders Kleinfeld
    Director of Publishing Technology
    O'Reilly Media, Inc.
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  • Good, no, great, to hear. However, in my opinion, there is no other way of publishing listings on tiny little gray scale e-readers except in B&W and should have been SOP years ago.

    I consider syntax highlighting, except in very artful implementations, a distraction to the programmer. I wonder how many full time programmers actually use it.

    I pine for my old CRT based B&W Sony monitors that were supplied with Sun Microsystem's setups back in the old days (circa 1990). Standard format 1/1 ratio LCD monitors are slowly coming back into vogue, and I would not be surprised to find some enterprising start-up producing 21 inch B&W, perhaps even digital ink, monitors in the near future. They are just so much easier on the eyes.

    Cheers
    Stephen Wright
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