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:
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.
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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