BLTC Press Titles

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The Souls of Black Folk

W. E. B. DuBois

Paradoxes of the Highest Science

Eliphas Levi

Esoteric Buddhism

A. P. Sinnett

The Art of Worldly Wisdom

Baltasar Gracian

Editing the Google Books "Front Matter" Graphics

Google epubs are typically packaged to include a number of "front matter" pages from the beginning of a scanned book as images. This allows you to see the typographically or visually distinct pages as they originally were presented, rather than subject them to the — especially difficult in the case of the front matter — automated (and subject to error) recognition process that Google applies to the text.

It can certainly be charming to see the original frontspiece, marginalia, or other markers of the original book. However, as often as not, a number of essentially blank or otherwise uninteresting pages are included in the front matter, starting with the endpapers. When reading a converted book on your Kindle, these graphic front matter pages must be paged through (somewhat tediously) to begin reading the text. Since they are full-screen images, they take a noticeable amount of time to refresh.

If you wish, you may opt to edit these pages out of your converted ebook. To simplify the user experience, however, this capability is turned off by default — you need to enable this feature in your profile settings (by checking "Enable Document Editing"). When this is enabled, an additional button will be available in the navigation bar uploader form — "Upload & Edit". If you click this instead of just "Upload", after the book has been uploaded, you will be placed into an editing workflow, which allows you to page through the front matter online, and select whether or not a given image from the front matter should be included in the converted ebook.

You mark a page for inclusion or deletion using radio buttons. The default is off, so each time you display the "next" page, you need to click on "include" if you wan that page included. Once you have been through all of the pages, you can press the "Commit" button, which will save your edits and begin the conversion of the book. The book will be delivered normally (using your preference) when it is complete, and will reflect the edits you have made.

It is recommended that you include only the full title (not the half-title); and any frontspiece or dedication. It is not recommeded that you save the table of contents, as this is static and not very useful.

Your edits are saved and the next time a user accesses the same title, they will receive the benfit of your editing.


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