Kindle Programming Book Layouts

Thanks to Wrox author Barry Dorrans (Beginning ASP.NET Security) for inspiring this quick post. I’ve taken a few screen grabs here to show everyone who asks what our books look like on a Kindle. These were captured on a Kindle 3. The captures are from Bill Evjen, Scott Hanselman, and Devin Rader’s Professional ASP.NET 4.0.

Standard Portrait View on Kindle

This is the normal Kindle orientation, keyboard at the bottom. I keep my Kindle font set very small like this. As you can see, there’s un-intended code line wrapping, but you should also be able to understand what’s going on:

Kindle 3 programming code sample

Landscape View on Kindle

With Kindle 2’s and 3’s (as well as the DX I think) you can shift the Kindle to widescreen or landscape mode. Here’s the same section of the chapter in that view. In this example, it’s not a tremendous help as most of the wrapped lines are still long enough to wrap even with the wider screen.

Kindle programming code book screen sample

PDF Comparison

Finally, so you can see what this page originally looked like in print, here’s a screen grab of the PDF. This was shot on a PC, not the Kindle.

So, is it perfect? No. But a lot of our readers told us that the Kindle benefits (a whole searchable library on one lightweight go-anywhere device) make up for it. And that they’re just going to download the code samples anyway.

Of course, if you’ve got a Kindle, or read Kindle books on your iPad, or have read our books in iBooks, we’d love to hear your feedback on the formatting, usability, and anything else.

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4 responses to “Kindle Programming Book Layouts”

  1. Jon G says:

    Jim, I think what’s really awesome with Wrox going the Kindle route is that we, your readers, can now build our libraries in a rather inexpensive fashion and take those libraries anywhere with us (or read them via the PC Kindle app on our dev boxes). While I don’t know if there are plans in the works for it yet, I especially think it would be awesome to see Wrox Blox—one of the neatest offerings Wrox has made—distributed to the Kindle, as well. I was particularly happy with my first Wrox Blox purchase, Lee Dumond’s Robust ASP.NET Exception Handling, and hope you’re considering this as a great new outlet for that venue. Thanks and happy coding!

  2. Jon G says:

    Jim, I think what’s really awesome with Wrox going the Kindle route is that we, your readers, can now build our libraries in a rather inexpensive fashion and take those libraries anywhere with us (or read them via the PC Kindle app on our dev boxes). While I don’t know if there are plans in the works for it yet, I especially think it would be awesome to see Wrox Blox—one of the neatest offerings Wrox has made—distributed to the Kindle, as well. I was particularly happy with my first Wrox Blox purchase, Lee Dumond’s Robust ASP.NET Exception Handling, and hope you’re considering this as a great new outlet for that venue. Thanks and happy coding!

  3. Eddie's Blog says:

    Nicely done. Looks like it’ll run perfectly.

  4. Subhash says:

    Is there a list of kindle free books on programming from wrox?

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