Friday, October 21, 2011

Kindle vs. Nook

I'm our biggest fan! I bought Tiptoe for both Kindle and Nook because I wanted to compare the two versions. I have an iPad, so my caveat is that I'm not able to compare the two platforms on their original devices.

Right off the bat I noticed that Nook's file size is much bigger than Kindle's. Tiptoe for Nook was 17.3 MB whereas Kindle was only 11.4 MB. As you might guess, this translates directly to quality. The Nook version had much fewer compression artifacts, and the gray tones were crisper and cleaner. Both versions had some white space around the edges because the pages are formatted to fit the aspect ratios and resolution on the actual Kindle or Nook and not an iPad screen. The Kindle version does have a pinch-to-zoom feature, but it only served to emphasize the compression. Nook has no zoom.

I don't know if Amazon limits the file size for Kindle books, but Attacked on a Tiger's Whim and Healing Music (also DMG titles) also had a larger files for Nook. With the upcoming Kindle Fire and rumored Nook tablet, interfaces and apps may change, but for now, if I had to choose, I would undoubtedly go with Nook for iPad. The extra 6 MB made a huge different in quality, and only took an extra few seconds to download.

EDIT 11/8/11: At the last DMG videoconference, the DMP staff confirmed that Amazon and B&N use different file formats with different levels of compression. Also, Amazon charges DMP for bandwith usage while B&N does not (though B&N still has a file size limit). 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tiptoe on Kindle and Nook

I just bought The Rule of Standing on Tiptoe for my Kindle!! Get it here!

EDIT: Now available on Nook, too!

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Rule of Standing on Tiptoe on eManga

It's out, it's out! Our first title is now available on eManga!
A new student enrolls in Kosuke’s sophomore class in high school. As a perfect foil to Kosuke’s short stature, Raku is tall, manly and popular with girls. Although Kosuke initially feels jealous, he soon learns of Raku’s secret and is asked to keep it a secret. Raku finds himself taking an interest in Kosuke and they begin to grow closer. This is a high school romantic comedy about an odd couple!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Name Change! Rainy Day Love

After Elina began working on Ameiro Koigokoro, she realized that "ame" should be translated as "rain" and not as "candy." After talking to DMG, we're changing the title from "Steadfast Candy Heart Love" to "Rainy Day Love."

Finished The Rule of Standing on Tiptoe

Yesterday, we submitted The Rule of Standing on Tiptoe to the Digital Manga Guild for review. Hopefully, everything was all right and we'll see it on soon! There was an amazing amount of side text, but thank goodness DMG doesn't require Japanese SFX to be redrawn in English. That would have quadrupled the amount of time it took to clean and typeset! Also, the SFX were so artistic, it would have been a shame to cover them up!