Some eReaders are as elusive as Oz before the grand reveal. Here’s a brief summary of what we tested and what went wrong.
Firefox EPUB Reader
This reader worked the best for our file. Though some spacing was slightly off, the title pages, text flowing, and other elements were most true to the original InDesign file.
Readium (add-on, Google Chrome)
Readium is a simply designed add-on on Google Chrome that is easy to navigate and customizable. That being said, Readium rendered the pages of our document in an obscure fashion, stretching them over a two page spread. This wasn’t apparent throughout the entire document, but inconsistencies were noticeable throughout.
The title page and other pages that were inserted as images (due to the limitation of InDesign) showed up slightly funny and some text was exported differently than designed on this device. The rest of the ePub was fairly consistent throughout the chapters.
The Kobo app for iPad was extremely slow at loading the book which translated into slow page turns. There were also strangely rendered pages on this platform, including randomly inserted margins and spacing issues. Some of the wonky elements seen on the other platforms were also seen here, showing that though the platform does effect how the book appears, there were ultimately issues with the ePub export that translated across them all.
The issues in using iBooks were the same elements that appeared incorrectly across the other platforms.
By looking at a variety of eReading platforms, we were able to see where issues in our document arose versus where there were limitations within the platform/device.