maybe one suggestion would be, to have some kind of side-pane to display various sources and sorting options. i am thinking of a thing similar to that of music-players like rhythmbox or banshee. so you'd be able to click just once and display the content of your kindle or kobo or whatever, or to select e-books from various shops. or you'd be able to only show sci-fi books in library. but i guess this is not what you're aiming for? on the other hand - you have this kind of thing in beatbox, right?
Wow, Daniel. Wow indeed. I'm a keen ebooks reader myself, but I can spot a bit of annoyance in here. Now don't throw tomatoes at me and let me explain.
1. I'm more than sure that you have to remove each and every control from the field of text either by separating them somehow from the page (which will look clumsy and heavy, but still) or (and that could be quite a feature) make it into a popover that can be called for using, let say, a double click anywhere in the window. 1.1 The fonts are uncomfortable for long reading experience. You should give the user an option to choose a serif font. 1.2 Give me at least 3-4 options to play with line spacing. This is extremely important. 1.3 Text alignment. I think you may give users some freedom with selecting it where possible (e.g. in .txt files)
2. Give us bookmarks! I can't imagine reading a book without making notes about interesting parts of it. Sometimes I come back to the book after a while and can find this or that spot only by bookmark. It is an essential tool.
3. Integrate your wonderful dictionary app into this one. It will be great!
4. For those of us who are lucky to possess 22' and wider screens would really appreciate a two-column layout for full-screen reading.
5. I love the library layout.
Thanks, and I hope I could help you even more with this app. Just let me know.
I really like these kind of mock-ups. I always thought your older designs where nice but, they contained a bit to many gradients making it seem confusing to the user sometimes. This is nice, clean and I just love the light colors. I hope Elementary Luna is going to awesome!
Looks very clean—loving those monos. I also really like the app library with the app's name as the window title. It like saying "this is the app, a portal to your content," and then "here's your content!" (Does that make sense?) Getting closer to getting rid of those pesky files...
I don't really see a difference in how the files are handled here. Surely the reason we have extensions on files is so we can differentiate between the relevant applications they should be used in.
The same thing applies to reading emails. They are just lumps of data, like any file, organised however the user wants with similar lumps of data. It would be a nightmare if they were dumped as .eml's in the file system.
Why should we carry on looking for the file we need in a sea of files instead of going to a relevant app that indexes them? To be quite honest I'm fed up of going to an image processor and having to go to trawl through my files to find the correct one. OK I'm not the most organised of people and you may be, but I got news for you: no one else is organised either...
With processing power as it is, the need for a file manager is diminishing for the average user. It should be there for lower level stuff but it does generally get in the way of 'getting things done'
I'm not terribly concerned with those philosophies and I don't consider automation to be "soiling." I'd personally rather deal with media in an organized way that makes sense for it's type and not maintain it more than is absolutely necessary.
Why is it a tragedy? It is much simpler and more elegant to open BookWorm and see all of your books with covers and metadata, than to browse to your Books folder in Marlin and see all of these coverless epubs. If it is done well, then there is no problem to it.