Published on February 26, 2014
+ Digital Publishing For Authors Date : 25 Feb 2014
+ Introductions Digital Tonight publishing (tips, tools and why you have to do this) Q&A
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Introductions Who are we? What do you want to do? What is your digital publishing experience?
When Robert de Graff introduced $0.25 paperback books in 1939, publishers scoffed.
History of ebooks
History of ebooks
3 in 10 adults read an e-book last year. Under 30? 1-in-2
What is an ebook? A distributable digital edition of a book Text file – project Gutenberg HTML PDF epub/mobi AZW – proprietary Kindle format An app – (Al Gore, Our Choice) Audio books may be digital but they aren’t ebooks Your experiences? How differ from print?
7 in 10 adults read an paper book
1 in 7 adults listened to an audio book
Projection: end of 2014 1-in-2 will have purchased an ebook
What does this mean for authors? Go where readers are eBooks > Kindle (better for text/fiction/BW) eBooks > iBook (iPad only, better for color/interactivity) eBooks > Nook/Fire (better for color) POD > print is a different format! Audiobooks (beyond scope!)
Formats Kindle/AZW Fiction, few illustrations, for basic Kindle (B/W) No control over flow, page breaks, etc ePub (a standard! – International Digital Publishers Forum) Images, color, cross-platform Reflowable HTML, CSS, XML, zip (compression) Fixed layout sometimes used for iPad/Kindle Fire
Formats Mobi (a standard!) PDF Images, color, cross-platform Fixed formatting (this is a print spec) iBook author (enhanced, epub3) Can also export as PDF or text See more at Wikipedia
How will you be found? Self-publishing v “being published”
Single service providers Delivers one or more services (formatting, design, editing, printing, promotion) You retain control Kobo, Lightning Source Writer.ly helps writers find services Guru/eLance – marketplaces for independent contractors
“Pick and mix” Offers a package with menu of services (critique, editing, design, print, production, marketing, promotion, distribution) Lulu, CreateSpace (the author-services company of Amazon) Photo books > See Blurb
Do it all Like “vanity press” of old Can be costly Author Solutions, Lumina Press
Emerging models Kickstarter (crowd-funded) WattPad (beta-readers+ Crowdspring (crowd-design) Subscriptions (Safari Books, Scribd)
Conversion : complexity rises Plain text Plain text with links (this includes endnotes) Plain text with images or tables Formatted text (columns), images with wrap-around text, boxed features, sidebars, etc Fixed layout Enhanced
How will you be found? Not every innovation is worth mastering.
Copyright / examples A word about DRM (Amazon v O’Reilly) Published author chooses to self-publish – fiction Published author chooses to self-publish – nonfiction Fiction: Maria Murnane The Book Deal (inside view of publishing)
+ Contact Kathy E Gill kegill at uw dot edu or gmail or @kegill This lecture: wiredpen.com http://faculty.u.washington.edu/kegill
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