There's still more to say about ebook design (I don't think that topic will ever run out!). Here's my most recent DBW Daily post:
I neglected to add my most recent DBW Daily post here; too busy prepping for my presentation at DBW here in NYC this week. I led a 3-hour conversation on using InDesign to export a solid, usable EPUB.
Anyway, my post is all about design in ebooks. Here's the link:
There'll be a lot more to come in the next weeks on this topic, so stay tuned.
I'll be giving a 4-week webinar for the Editorial Freelancers Association, beginning April 8. We'll cover everything from content development to format choice to quality assurance (aka proofreading). Read more here: http://www.the-efa.org/eve/catalog.php (just scroll down).
I have published a post on Digital Book World's DBW Daily, all about figuring out which ebook format is best for your purposes. This is the first in a series; check back regularly for updates.
A new Lynda.com course: design and produce fun fixed-layout books for the Kindle.
I'm happy to announce that I'll be joining the faculty at NYC's Pace University in Fall 2015, teaching in the Masters in Publishing program.
I'll be teaching a dozen or so Masters candidates eager to learn about desktop and digital publishing. The syllabus is under development now, but I know I'll be using the Adobe Creative Cloud to make print books and their ebook counterparts. We'll be tackling logo development, cover design, and interior design and composition, all with an eye to final print and digital editions.
It's a wonderful opportunity to share my knowledge, learn from my students, and have a hand in shaping work habits for a lifetime in publishing.
Digital designers should find ways to create evocative and sensory experiences in their ebooks. I'm all for that; one mantra has always been to design an ebook so that a reader knows exactly what book is open at a glance (or at least after a page swipe or two). How? Some ideas: color (as ornament, not meaning); book-specific ornamental dingbats; attention to every controllable typographic and design detail.
Here's an article by Anthony Franco that lays out the case for caring about our readers: http://bit.ly/1HVS3Ai
Editorial and production staffs used to be glad to see final proofs go out the door. Then came ebooks.
Many publishers tack ebook-making onto the tail end of a project. This makes sense, since text and other content is final. But that is not — cannot — be the last time they look at their book. John Pettigrew has some tips and insights to offer.
Some of the info is outdated (Sigil is available again, but does not handle EPUB3 files, which are increasingly prevalent). But the concepts and the spirit are spot-on.
Interesting ideas from Dan Cohen, executive director of the Digital Library of America.
I had a phone conversation today with a colleague who is on the pessimistic side about the future of ebook growth. She sees ebook sales plateauing, iPad sales slowing, and major publishers pulling back on what they put into the digital marketplace.
That take makes me worried (since I make my living creating ebooks), but at the same time I wonder: isn't this most likely a natural part of the new book-reading ecosystem? I'm an optimist in general, and so I'll take that view. And here are some reasons that bolster my thinking.
I'll be speaking at PePcon 2015 in Philadelphia this June, along with Joshua Tallent, on all things Pubbing to the Kindle. Use this discount code: SPK74Y to shave $50 off your conference price.
We'll cover tools, workflows, what's possible, and what's not.
Joe Wikert has some good insights into why college students haven't migrated en masse to ebook textbooks. Also applies to all publishing!
How developers and publishing pros need to move closer together.
Great piece by Derrick Schultz. I'm sorry I wont be attending the conference in Toronto this March, but am glad Derrick provided a clue to his thinking here: