Coming on 12 June: http://tigerofthestripe.co.uk/mischief-maker.html
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Our first book on the iBookstore, Plurality of Worlds, is finally out and I have to admit it was less of a slog than I'd anticipated. However, I suspect that the next book, Enemies of Books, will be much better. I've learned from producing the first one. Also, the second one is in ePub 3 format. Both books are designed to be read on iPhones and iPod Touches as well as iPads. Producing books using iBooks Author would be easier but would restrict sales to people with iPads.
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I love InDesign, even though it sometimes infuriates me. Its built-in indexing is excellent, except that there is no proper way to style parts of an entry. For instance, to italicise book titles.
There are two work-arounds. One is to do a GREP search-and-replace once the index is generated. For instance, one can delimit the italic words with double quotes, than search for text surrounded by double quotes, italicise it and then delete the quotes. The other is to create a GREP style. The former works well (at least if your grasp of GREP patterns is at lot better than mine) but you have to perform these after every regeneration of the index (and, in my experience, that's quite often).
The idea of GREP styles is very clever. You define a character style, say italic, which inherits all the characteristics of the paragraph to which it belongs except that it is italic. You then go to the relevant paragraph styles, such as level 1, level 2 and level 3 index entries and define in the GREP styles tab the circumstances in which the character style is applied.
The picture shows a simple pattern searching for any text contained within any type of double quotes and then applying an italic character style. However, that doesn't get rid of the double quotes so you then have to apply a style to them, in this case a style which makes them very narrow and of no colour.
In other words, the GREP style doesn't get rid of the double quotes at all, it just hides them. This is unsatisfactory for two reasons. First, imagine you, like I, want to include headwords in the running head. This is easy with InDesign's text variables. You can set up a text variable to display the first word of the first level 1 heading on the page and another to display the first word of the last level 1 heading on the page. Great! But if you marked your italics with double quotes they're still there. Moreover, InDesign doesn't allow you to do GREP searches on text variable, so you can't hide those double quotes again, so there they are in the running head.
The second, possibly more serious, problem with this scenario is that you'll probably want to create other forms of this publication, such as Kindle and ePub. All those double quotes will reappear again!
There is only one sensible solution to this, I think: Adobe should support some sort of tagging in the index.
At Last, Tiger of the Stripe's first book with colour illustrations, An Apology for the life of Major General Gunning, is available (though, sadly with a slight delay) from Amazon US and Amazon UK. As Amazon Associates, we receive a small commission on sales made through these links.
The printers, Lightning Source, have made an excellent job of the colour printing.
The more I looked at the cover rough for Richard Atkyns's Original and Growth of Printing, the more dissatisfied I was with it. I felt that the basic design was fine but the background (which had to be extended and played around with) was very scrappy. I have now reworked it in time to send to the printers today ot tomorrow.
Another book which will be coming out shortly combines two books by Richard Atkyns, The Vindication of the Life of Richard Atkyns and The Original and Art of Printing. A cover rough is shown above.
I'm not a vegetarian but much of what I eat is vegetarian. Now Tiger of the Stripe is in the process of publishing two new recipe books, Caravan Cooking - The Versatile Vegetarian by Faith Hancock and a book by Sara Daniels provisionally entitled Recipes from the Straw Bale House. The latter is tying in with a TV programme in October. A cover rough is shown above.
These are exciting times at Tiger of the Stripe. After a long absence working on other projects, I have been able to start working again on books I started preparing a couple of years ago. First off the press will probably be An Apology for the Life of Major General Gunning. This will be our first book with colour illustrations, thanks to a new, affordable colour printing service from Lightning Source. Gunning, brother to the Countess of Coventry and the Duchess of Argyll was a dreadful rogue and seducer. This new annotated edition offers new insights into the scandal, the so-called Gunning Mystery, which precipitated his fall from grace in 1792. Who was responsible for the forged correspondence between his daughter, Elizabeth, and the Marquess of Blandford? Was it Elizabeth herself, or her mother? Or perhaps the sinister Captain Essex Bowen?