To boost the performance and security of our network, we intend to perform scheduled maintenance on the Pressbooks server between 2 a.m.-7 a.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 2 and between 2 a.m.-7 a.m. EST on Friday, Jan. 3. Pressbooks.com will be unavailable for anywhere between 30 to 120 minutes during the maintenance window on Jan.
Very excited that this project is done and out in the world: The Most Important Thing Illuminated, by renowned investor Howard Marks, and annotated several leading lights in the investment world.
Next we decided to make each annotation a linked footnote, to bring the reader to a notes section, and back again. We had a nice technical solution for that, but e-ink devices handled this terribly, and there was enough user testing confusion, that we had to kill that idea as well.
We settled on putting the annotations inline, with some shaded styling on devices that enabled shading and respect CSS, and then degrading (almost) gracefully to horizontal rules and italics separating out the annotations on eink devices that ignore most CSS (*cough* Kindle *cough*).
Finally, this book contains large sections quoted from elsewhere, and eink Kindle don’t really render blockquotes very well across multiple pages, so we had to rebuild how PressBooks handles blockquotes (sticking them in a div, and giving each paragraph a defined style).
Anyway, check it out — it’s a great book.