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Summer 2016 published projects

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BNGO had a very busy Spring and early Summer this year. Here are just a few of the noteworthy projects!

Valley of the Dolls, 50th Anniversary Edition ebook.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. BNGO typeset the script book in top-secret sessions at Scholastic.

The AP Stylebook, 2016. BNGO once again adapted the Associated Press's landmark print edition for all ebook platforms.

From Edison to iPod, by Frederick Mostert. BNGO designed and produced the print edition and the ebook editions for all platforms.

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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.

On PACE to a great semester

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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.

Rally 'round the RX: The Reader Experience

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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:

I thought the book was already proofread!

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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.

What's the dark side of ebooks, and can we see some light in it?

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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.

Let's get it all together.

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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: