For a long time now, the publishing industry has been struggling with the proper way to format poetry e-books. The problem is that if you change the size, font, and spacing of a poetry book, you could throw whole poems out of whack, creating page after page of unreadable word salad. But in the process of formatting their back catalog into e-book form, Port Townsend publisher Copper Canyon Press has devised an elegant solution to this problem. As soon as you open the e-book, you come across a page that reads:
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And that's it. Rather than obsessing over some confusing technological solution that won't work on all platforms, this is a direct and obvious answer to the problem. It works on e-ink readers and tablets. Plus, I love the idea of "calibrating" an e-reader before launching into a book, it feels at once old-fashioned and future-thinking, like the way people in the 1950s thought we'd be reading books in the future. This is a problem that has plagued the industry for years, and Copper Canyon bested it with a line of placeholder text.