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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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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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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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The print design mentality

Screen design isn’t print design and will never be print design, no matter how high the screen’s resolution gets. Digital design needs to account for a level of changeability and dynamism that print has never had to deal with. The … Continue reading

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Book contracts

Reminder to aggrieved authors: Nobody holds a gun to your head and forces you to sign a contract. — Don Linn (@DonLinn) February 12, 2014 Normally, whenever Don tweets anything I just nod my head in agreement and move on. … Continue reading

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Intermission: sorting through the banal

Everybody who knows what I do assumes that I’ve given up on print books. —You make ebooks? Haha, you don’t need any bookcases then, do you? Must be nice. Not that I haven’t used it as an excuse once in … Continue reading

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How to create value with a new thing

(This is the tenth post in a series on the publishing industry’s new product categories.) The reason why the term ‘book app’ is so dangerous is that it blinds people to the sheer variety there is in content apps and … Continue reading

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The ebook as an API

(This is the eighth post in a series on the publishing industry’s new product categories.) The problem many publishers are facing is that their titles need to be reused in a variety of contexts. Book apps are very unfashionable at … Continue reading

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My last word on DRM

Trying to change a major publisher’s mind on DRM is a lost cause. That’s why even though I disagree with IDPF’s DRM efforts, I can only hope that their work will result in the wholesale adoption of a completely ineffective … Continue reading

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