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13 February 2018 @ 05:45 pm
Something new to add to ebooks . . . sounds like a lot of work, and impossible to avoid spoilers.

(Anonymous) on February 14th, 2018 04:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not feeling it.
Michawl DolbearMichawl Dolbear on February 14th, 2018 08:35 pm (UTC)
But how embarrassing when some of your four-letter Oner names turn out not to be defined.

Amazon should provide a safe sandbox rather than require a live load.

There is a Calibre plugin "X-Ray Creator"

See the Calibre plugin subsub forum of mobileread

Edited at 2018-02-14 08:47 pm (UTC)
matapampamuphoff on February 14th, 2018 11:52 pm (UTC)
I suspect it wouldn't even recognize them as names. I'll have to try it once . . .
Michawl DolbearMichawl Dolbear on February 15th, 2018 12:05 am (UTC)
I tried a Modesitt (Imager) book from Tor and everything could be highlighted and looked up, sometimes with amusing results.

East Road, a harmless street, was looked up in Wiki and

The Great East Road (also known as the East Road, the East-West Road or the Great Road) was an ancient Dwarf route passing from western Beleriand, over the Ered Luin, across Eriador, and to the Misty Mountains. Travellers could cross the Misty Mountains by using the High Pass, and continue their journey through Rhovanion (Wilderland) to the distant Dwarf lands in the East by using the Old Forest Road. The Great East Road passed through lands that would become Arnor, the northern kingdom of Men, and later, the Shire of the Hobbits.
mbarkermbarker on February 15th, 2018 02:37 am (UTC)
The other trick to this, I would think, is realizing that even if you have carefully tagged all this stuff in your work, some readers (most?) are not likely to click on things. I mean, this is akin to the cast of characters in the back, the maps in the front, and other enhancements -- while some readers will play along, others (ME!) are unlikely to go hunting along the new byways and hidden features. So if something significant gets hidden in those X-Ray contents, guess what, some readers are not going to see it. Are you sure you want to splinter your audience, and have them jumping out of and back into the story this way?
(Anonymous) on February 15th, 2018 05:41 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not clicking that.

This'll break immersion. For those of us who read pages or half-pages of text at a time-kid timed me, 4 seconds between page flip-we won't use a feature like that.

Considering how much time and effort goes into not breaking reader suspension of disbelief, I think this is not a fiction-useful technology, but may be excellent for certain non-fic, particularly laymen's guides to specialties.

1stew1stew on February 16th, 2018 01:42 am (UTC)
Keeping track of a character, place, item
It was a nice tool when I was trying to track down something that got a one line teaser way back in chapter 3 err...or was it 5? When your reading chapter 20. It seems to be a unused feature mostly.

Say if I were looking for where in "The God of the Sun" where the spider virus get launched. I was going to look for that after reading comments from Dwarves and Witches story your recently posted.

2cents says: if it slows down your publishing schedule...I can then man up get a shovel (if I can remember where I left it) and dig out my own ponderings.

(Anonymous) on February 16th, 2018 02:53 am (UTC)
Wouldn't use it. Definitely wouldn't influence me buying the book.