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Is flash an appropriate technology for ebooks

flash solution for ebooks

     

scoopydbc

9:45 am on May 8, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hello - I wonder if anybody can enlighten me

I am looking at producing an ebook. The brief suggests a degree of animation which rules out a PDF solution.

Looking into the formats that ebooks are published in reveals that there are many.

I know flash can be shipped with a stand alone projector which means that it could be a possible solution especially as so many firms specialize in flash.

Can anybody think of a reason why flash shouldn't be used or suggest an alternative technology - I would appreciate any views on the issue

Dale

overtheblock

4:54 am on May 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

5+ Year Member



not really any reason not to publish an ebook in flash.

revenue magazine publishes ebooks. i actually get annoyed of flash because of slow load times and so many moving components.

Frida

11:23 am on May 10, 2007 (gmt 0)

5+ Year Member



Hello - I wonder if anybody can enlighten me

I am looking at producing an ebook. The brief suggests a degree of animation which rules out a PDF solution.

Looking into the formats that ebooks are published in reveals that there are many.

I know flash can be shipped with a stand alone projector which means that it could be a possible solution especially as so many firms specialize in flash.

Can anybody think of a reason why flash shouldn't be used or suggest an alternative technology - I would appreciate any views on the issue

Dale

To agree with the opinion above - I don't see any reason for you to avoid using Flash animation for an ebook - why not? Most of the advantages you've already pointed out. Most of the downsides are expressed in the opinion above. My personal opinion and practice show that Flash books, despite their "slowness" are warmly welcome by most e-readers. Whatsoever, you can work on two versions of your ebooks (let's say PDF and Flash) and see how both are perceived.

Good luck,
Frida

trooper27

11:25 am on May 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

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PDF is much better - in my view, people are not yet used to reading Flash books and tend to prefer PDF's. Another problem to weigh in when you are thinking which one to choose.

John_Blake

2:48 pm on May 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

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In literally two words - PDF is a far better choice. Though I am not sure if the author of the thread is here to read our comments. I'm curious what you've decided, scoopydbc.