Author Archives: Baldur Bjarnason (@fakebaldur)

This week’s must-read post

Clare Reddington has written this here post (based on a talk she did) on some of the things she has learned from leading the Pervasive Media Studio and working at the Watershed. I could have quoted almost every paragraph but … Continue reading

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Friends don’t let their friends become authors

Being an Author is a Shit Job Even if you don’t believe any of the pessimistic reports and anecdotes about author income and even if you do believe all of the overly optimistic ones (hi Hugh ::waves::) being a book … Continue reading

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Both at the same time

I shouldn’t have to say this before but it obviously needs saying. Everybody speaks as if only one thing—the thing they want to be true—can be true at a time. Fucking morons. Large publishers can be giant evil amoral multinationals. … Continue reading

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So long, Readmill, and thanks for all the fish

I wish it had gone differently. I don’t fault Readmill for selling at this point. They did excellent work. I’ve previously gone on record about my enthusiasm for their platform. (Which reminds me, I need to do a followup to … Continue reading

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What ebook production problems are self-publishers facing?

Driven by curiosity (as always), I’ve just spend a large part of my lunch break browsing through various forums[1], trying to get a handle on what problems self-publishers are facing when they are creating their ebooks. My impression is that, … Continue reading

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Many stories, many truths

Once upon a time there was a man from Iceland who attended a conference in Canada. The weather was, by any sane measure, awful. The temperature was borderline arctic. Snow covered everything. But it reminded him of home. So filled … Continue reading

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Problem statements for digital publishing research

The publishing industry has an absolute mess of unanswered questions that need further investigation if we are to solve its problems. Here are a few relevant problem statements, off the top of my head. I’d be very surprised if these … Continue reading

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To do, to do

Yesterday’s blog post is the last in the pile of previously unpublished posts that I intend to publish. There’s more left in the pile, about ten last I checked, but I’m not going to be publishing them. Some of the … Continue reading

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iBooks Author tempts you with bling

It’s very easy to make a decent-looking ebook in iBooks Author, then drop in a bunch of expensive and badly thought out interactive doohickeys and call it a day. This is a mistake. A regular book ‘decorated’ with interactive tumours … Continue reading

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Microsoft Word is a liability

Word has for many years now been the publishing industry’s de facto editorial and production format. Once you move into the world of digital, Word ceases to become a foundation and instead becomes a pair of cement shoes dragging you … Continue reading

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