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Category: ebooks

Pages adds ePub export

Good news, everyone! Apple has updated its Pages word processing app (part of iWork) to export ePub files directly from the app in as little as two or three clicks. Very simple, very user friendly. Since Pages supports MS Word’s Track Changes feature (on the desktop—as Lou point out in the comments below, Pages for [...]

Why Publishers Shouldn’t Brand the Brand

A few weeks ago, Sarah Russo had started work on a post about publishers branding digitally for TNS. Shortly thereafter, she happened upon Publishing Perspectives’ story “Digital Case Study: Publishers’ Online Marketing in Spain,” Edward Nawotka posed a discussion question asking if readers cared about publisher branding.  This sparked a flurry of debate among readers on the Publishing [...]

Only Branding Can Save the ebook Industry

A solid brand is the only way anyone is going to make sustainable money, long term, directly from e-book sales. This is not to say that e-books will sell in the same numbers, or for the same prices, as physical books. This is also not to say that e-book publishing houses are going to look [...]

The Missing Male Demographic

Lost: One Male Demographic Last Seen: Early 90′s If Found, Please Contact: The Publishing Industry Dear Publishing Industry, While surfing this vast space known as the internet, I came across something that I believe once belonged to you. I recognized them because they seem to be very interested in technical books, science fiction, Manga, sex [...]

Presenting the E-book Abomination Index

India Amos is tired of shitty-looking ebooks. The lack of attention to detail, or rather, the lack of any quality control at all lets errors like this make it onto readers’ ebook devices: a McGraw-Hill Professional book in which the first letter of every paragraph appears on a line by itself. Thus: T he quick [...]

A Digital Content World

You’re a publishing geek, which is why you’re here and if you’re anything like me those analogies from the SAT were practically fun. So lets have a couple publishing/film industry analogies to start things off: 1. Warner Bros. : Netflix as Random House : _______ a. library b. Amazon c. GooglePrint d. all of the [...]

Kindles for All!

Like the oft-lamented “smell of books,” I’ve found that there there are some concepts that people consistently get hung up on when discussing ebooks. I used to try to puzzle out answers to these, but in this new, Zen-like approach I’m experimenting with in 2010, I’ve decided to try to actually evaluate the meanings behind [...]

How To Sign An Ebook

Like the oft-lamented “smell of books,” I’ve found that there there are some concepts that people consistently get hung up on when discussing ebooks. I used to try to puzzle out answers to these, but in this new, Zen-like approach I’m experimenting with in 2010, I’ve decided to try to actually evaluate the meanings behind [...]

Digital Book World Pecha Kucha slides

Last night, I gave a talk at Digital Book World’s Pecha Kucha event, “7x20x21″, put together by Ami, Ryan Chapman, and Guy LeCharles Gonzalez, and sponsored by Verso Digital. This was a follow up to the Pecha Kucha event that Ami and Ryan organized for Book Expo America last year, and they asked me to [...]