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Interview: Piotr Kowalczyk of Ebook Friendly on the development of the e-book market in Central and Eastern Europe
June 10, 2013 | 10:30 am

Piotr KowalczykPoland’s Piotr Kowalczyk is an "iPhone artist, digital storyteller and self-publisher" with a self-reported download count of 150,000 and rising for his "short stories for geeks"—picture stories created on an iPhone or short Twitter fictions. Kowalczyk is also the founder of Ebook Friendly and an occasional TeleRead contributor. I spoke with him recently about the e-book and e-publishing situation in Central and Eastern Europe; what follows is a lightly edited transcript of our conversation. TeleRead: How has the e-book market developed in Central and Eastern Europe, and especially Poland? Kowalczyk: At the beginning, the e-book market was being developed just like in many other countries around the...

Poetry Breaks the Bank, Doesn’t Bring the Book Backlash
May 16, 2013 | 12:25 pm

Much publicity has surrounded the record prices fetched for poetry manuscripts at an auction held by Bonhams in London as part of The Roy Davids Collection of Poetry, Poetical Manuscripts and Portraits of Poets. The sale made a total of £750,000 ($1,141,550). The draft of Christina Rossetti’s ‘Remember me when I am gone’ fetched £33,650 ($51,217), almost ten times its presale estimate and over twenty times the previous record for her drafts. Modern Brit Philip Larkin’s ‘Love’ fetched £7,500 ($11,415) in his first outing at auction. The news aired on Seattlepi.com—the website of what was once the Seattle Post-Intelligencer daily newspaper—under the headline ‘Digital Backlash’: “If we need any...

Overdrive Media Console (App Review)
March 16, 2013 | 1:20 pm

Overdrive At the end of January, I wrote an article on the Overdrive overhaul, and how users weren't completely happy with the new interface. To follow up on that, I decided to try the Overdrive Media Console app and see how it fares as an e-reading app. My verdict? I want to like it. I really do. But I can't quite warm up to it. Why do I want to like it so much? Because it's an easy way to get library books on my Nexus 7. The more I use the Android Kindle app, the less I like it, so EPUB is a...

It’s a 33% off sale at BooksOnBoard!
March 14, 2013 | 9:59 pm

BooksOnBoard is having a great sale: 33 percent off all HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster and Hachette e-book titles. I just checked my Amazon Wish List, and I only had two books by the right publishers, but I did get a good deal on them. If you've got books you've been thinking about buying but haven't gotten around to yet, I'd suggest taking advantage of the sale. If you check out with Google Wallet you get an additional one percent off. OK, I know. No one's happy with Google right now, but savings are savings! Just a reminder: Most of the books will be DRMed...

Using Calibre for E-Book Management, Chapter 11: Even More Plugins!
March 5, 2013 | 9:58 am

Calibre PluginsThis post is part of TeleRead's "Using Calibre for E-Book Management" Guide: Ch. 1 | Ch. 2 | Ch. 3 | Ch. 4 | Ch. 5 | Ch. 6 | Ch. 7 | Ch. 8 | Ch. 9 | Ch. 10 | Ch. 11 TeleRead's Juli Monroe did a great job explaining what a Calibre plugin is, and how to install one. But of course, every e-book user has their own special needs and preferences, and my own Calibre plugin mix is slightly different than hers. So, for my part of the Calibre wrap-up, I'll tell you which plugins I use, why I use them,...

Using Calibre for E-Book Management, Chapter 10: Plugins
March 2, 2013 | 12:01 pm

Calibre pluginsThis post is part of TeleRead's "Using Calibre for E-Book Management" Guide: Ch. 1 | Ch. 2 | Ch. 3 | Ch. 4 | Ch. 5 | Ch. 6 | Ch. 7 | Ch. 8 | Ch. 9 | Ch. 10 So far everything we've written about a number of uses for a default Calibre installation. However, one of the best features of Calibre is the ability to customize the experience with plugins. There is a long list of third-party Calibre plugins, and there's no way I could cover them all. However, I'll demonstrate two of them in this article to give you an idea...

Morning Links — Layoffs coming soon to Nook Media?
March 1, 2013 | 9:07 am

NookNook: Cost Cutting Coming (Digital Book World) New Service Offers Watermark DRM to Indie eBookstores (The Digital Reader) The Publishing Industry Has a Problem; ePub is not the Solution (TOC) 'Trusted Friend' is Top Book Discovery Tool (Galley Cat) Kindle Daily Deals: The Collected by Brett Battles (and 3 others)  ...

Should self-published authors use an e-book conversion service?
February 12, 2013 | 1:22 pm

I've written plenty on this site about e-book conversion (most recently here and here), and I almost skipped over the Bowker press release. I'm glad I decided to investigate further. Okay, quick details first. From the release: Once an author has decided to self-publish, the next step of creating an eBook alongside print is obvious – it is too big a market. Not too far in the future I believe we’ll drop the “e” and we’ll just have books,” stated DCL CEO Mark Gross. “We applaud Bowker for recognizing the need for trustworthy conversion services for its customers, and are honored to...

Flipick To Allow ePub3 from Adobe InDesign
February 7, 2013 | 10:30 am

E-book formatting is a challenge, as I've written about in previous posts. Later this month, Flipick is launching a tool that might make it easier. From their press release: Flipick is a new online service that allows book publishers and design shops to produce their own ePub3 compatible eBooks directly from within Adobe InDesign. This new service is quick, and capable of producing rich, informative and interactive text in an utmost cost-effective manner. Flipick is expected to be popular with publishers creating fixed-layout eBooks such as K-12 and scientific textbooks, storybooks and graphic novels in a format that dynamically adapts to disparate reading...

The Metadata Handbook Published in Both PDF and Print
November 17, 2012 | 11:30 am

The Metadata Handbook in PDF and print Source: Press Release First guidebook for book publishers outlining how metadata for books operates in the real world DataCurate announces the publication of The Metadata Handbook, a one-stop guide for book publishers — large, small, and independent — offering help in understanding how metadata works and outlining the essential components of successful metadata creation and distribution. Topics covered include: > How metadata for books operates in the real world > Metadata fundamentals and the history of metadata for books > Standards and best practices for creating and distributing accurate and comprehensive metadata > The basics of ONIX for Books, including ONIX 3.0 > The basics of EPUB 3...

In B&N’s closure of Fictionwise, Canadian customers lose big
November 16, 2012 | 2:29 pm

We reported yesterday on the sad news that e-book pioneer Fictionwise will be shutting down at the end of the year. I feel very bittersweet about this. The sweet is that I'm very proud of the revolution that little company started, and I love that e-books are a commonplace, normal thing, and that devices have evolved into cool little gadgets you can affordably buy at just about any chain store. The bitter, of course, is that it didn't have to end this way. Fictionwise never recovered from the one-two blow of agency pricing and its sale to Barnes & Noble. Its...

How to turn Wikipedia articles into e-books
September 18, 2012 | 2:05 pm

Taking into account the well-known unreliability of some of its content, I'm honestly not sure how I feel—intellectually-speaking—about the idea that it is now possible to transform random collections of Wikipedia articles into e-books. (More details about that later.) But speaking from the point of view of someone who is endlessly fascinated with the possibilities of digital reading, well ... I'd certainly be lying if I said I wasn't going to play around with Wikipedia's new e-book export feature for a good 20 minutes, as soon as this article is posted. * * * According to a post on the Wikimedia Foundation's Tech...

Latest Ars Technica OS X review has bumpy road to e-book release
July 25, 2012 | 6:59 pm

96693105Last year we covered Ars Technica publishing John Siracusa’s 27,000-word comprehensive review of OS X 10.7 Lion as an e-book, and the very successful sales numbers for a review that could still be read free on-line. This year, with the release of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Siracusa has done it again—but as the Nieman Journalism Lab reports, the process has not been without snafus. Since Mountain Lion was under NDA until the day it launched, that means that the e-book had to be submitted to Amazon at the same time the article was allowed to be published online...

Thoughts on Scrivener from Charlie Stross and me
July 22, 2012 | 8:37 pm

Last week, author Charlie Stross posted his review of the process of writing using Scrivener, a specialized story-based word processor I’ve mentioned a few times. Stross has a good overview of the program’s strengths and weaknesses from the point of view of a professionally-published writer. The program’s biggest weakness, he finds, is that it essentially becomes useless at the point a novel is finished and submitted to the publisher—because the Word document output isn’t quite ideal for submission, and then the publisher will send revisions in the form of Word documents, and expect them to be processed accordingly. Since...

Formatting a Tail for EPUB: Concrete Poetry and Varying Screen Width
July 6, 2012 | 3:58 am

Carroll alice in wonderland bookcover From the ePub Books Blog.  More details in the full article. Let us format a mouse’s tail. There’s a good reason for it: Wikipedia says, and I see no reason to disbelieve, that exactly 150 years ago (July 4th, 1862) Lewis Carroll told the daughters of his colleague the first version of the story which we now know, in written form, as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. And this is, obviously, a good occasion for some formatting. There is an especially attractive piece in the named book: The Mouse’s Tale, shaped like a mouse’s tail. In my earlier article on formatting poetry for...

EPUB 3.0 support grid now available
June 26, 2012 | 9:44 am

Images From the BISG website: Thanks to the work of its Content Structure Committee, the Book Industry Study Group is pleased to offer an important new industry reference tool... the EPUB 3.0 Support Grid, version 1.0. Designed to be a handy reference for EPUB content creators and business types alike, the Grid provides information on what enhanced functionality available in the IDPF's recently released EPUB 3.0 standard is supported by which devices, apps, and reading systems.Click here to download the Grid now.Industry feedback is critical to keeping the Grid accurate and up-to-date. So we hope you'll join the dialogue and send in...

New EPUB editor, BlueGriffon, goes into beta
June 21, 2012 | 8:44 am

Bgee128 From the BlueGriffon website: I have in front of me right now the beta 1 of BlueGriffon EPUB EditionThat beta is EPUB2-only, no EPUB3 yet. I am going to give that beta1 for tests purposes (blogging allowed, no embargo, redistribution of course forbidden) to a number of selected people in the coming days. Please don't ping me if you don't get an invite, the list of testers is already frozen. cross-platform Windows, OS X and Linux powered of course by Mozilla no proprietary pivot format at all creates *.epub, opens *.epub, edits *.pub, saves *.epub; of course including if the ebook was not created by BlueGriffon Web...

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