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100 Features and Conditions for Describing Books

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Players will often come across books during their adventures. In some settings and systems, books play an important role in the plot. In most, they are at the very least a source of knowledge, clues and value.

Although many books may share the same general appearance, especially if they were all produced at the same time, in order to make some stand out, or provide extra clues or information, there may be specific features that differ between copies. These can be as simple as appearance to such as potentially useful notes written in them or being a more unusual copy than normal.

All of the conditions and features described are suitable for a modern setting, and many are suitable for older ones. Some involve such as dust jackets, which are a more modern book component and which wouldn't be found in medieval times.

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Lacunose - Most often seen in older manuscripts, and especially in palimpsests, the text has lacuna, where there is a gap, from a word to a sentence to a paragraph or even more, where the words are missing or illegible. Sometimes done deliberately, to get the reader to fill in the gaps, but can be due to weathering or other damage.

One page is the cover and one page the front matter.

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For PDF download editions, each page has been run through Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software to attempt to decipher the printed text. The result of this OCR process is placed invisibly behind the picture of each scanned page, to allow for text searching. However, any text in a given book set on a graphical background or in handwritten fonts would most likely not be picked up by the OCR software, and is therefore not searchable. Also, a few larger books may be resampled to fit into the system, and may not have this searchable text background.

For printed books, we have performed high-resolution scans of an original hardcopy of the book. We essentially digitally re-master the book. Unfortunately, the resulting quality of these books is not as high. It's the problem of making a copy of a copy. The text is fine for reading, but illustration work starts to run dark, pixellating and/or losing shades of grey. Moiré patterns may develop in photos. We mark clearly which print titles come from scanned image books so that you can make an informed purchase decision about the quality of what you will receive.
Original electronic format
These ebooks were created from the original electronic layout files, and therefore are fully text searchable. Also, their file size tends to be smaller than scanned image books. Most newer books are in the original electronic format. Both download and print editions of such books should be high quality.
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File Last Updated:
June 17, 2017
This title was added to our catalog on June 17, 2017.
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Azukail Games
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