Re: [ebook-community] Illustrations......and More
- From: bczygan
This is just a note to ask questions about illustrations and other
graphic art as it relates to the digital forms that are being talked
about. I went to elementary school with Jamie Wyeth and my mother
painted so I am interested in the illustrations that accompany books,
and now ebooks.
One of the great pleasures of reading a physical book is enjoying
great illustrations that may be a part of the experience.Especially
old books, with their lithographs and sometimes hand colored
illustrations, can add to the reading experience. I have noticed that
in the 20th century, the quality and quantity of illustrating in books
generally faded, probably because of the costs involved. I know this
is a generalization, but it is my experience.
I admit to not knowing what the present state of ebook illustration
is. My contact with ebooks is almost entirely with the free ones such
as offered by Project Gutenberg, with a little exposure to some
pirated ones (Mostly technical ones), on P2P. I do notice some good
cover art on Baen. What else is out there? I am hoping that the
economies of electronic publishing allow for improvement in the
quality of accompanying illustration and artwork. I know there are
some types of books, such as science fiction, that come from a
background of inexpensive production, where any money was spent only
on the cover art. This may be part of the definition of the genre. But
other kinds of books, and their electronic counterparts could have
more extensive illustrations.
Electronically published works in some cases need this as a feature to
make up for the fact that they lack a reasuring physical presence. No
smell of a leather binding, no touch of a fine paper, no heft of the
weight of the thing.
The next step is to ask what other things etexts can offer that
physical texts can not. Well, graphics, video, interactivity between
the reader and the story, the author and other readers. One thing that
electronics offer the consumer with each new model is more features at
a lower cost. I am hoping that the advantage that electronic
publishing brings includes not just cost savings but improved features
in the way of the visual and maybe even the auditory. What is a book
with illustrations, video and a soundtrack?......Is it a movie, or
The question is simple. As a reader are you prepared to pay for it. [I think you are pretty much right about illustration use fading. Much as today, as the market got bigger and bigger it got cheaper and cheaper! ;-)]
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- Bill Czygan writes:
> One of the great pleasures of reading a physical book is enjoyingI can think of two possible factors. Since radio came in, books have
> great illustrations that may be a part of the experience.Especially
> old books, with their lithographs and sometimes hand colored
> illustrations, can add to the reading experience. I have noticed that
> in the 20th century, the quality and quantity of illustrating in books
> generally faded, probably because of the costs involved. I know this
> is a generalization, but it is my experience.
been subject to competitive pressures that have reduced the amount of
money available to spend on their preparation. That might have caused
publishers to cut down on illustrations. Secondly, the advent of
color magazines, movies, television, and now the Web has created many
more opportunities for illustrators than existed at the turn of the