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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...

New $7.99 iBook on French Impressionists reduced to $0.99 for Bastille Day
July 12, 2012 | 9:21 am

I had previously mentioned the new book by Artepublishinbg on the French Impressionists.  It's really first-rate and any art lover who owns an iPad should have a copy.  Now there is even less reason not to have one. In honor of Bastille Day, from July 14 to July 23 the $7.99 iBook will be discounted to only $0.99.  You can find it at the iBookstore.  Here's the press release with some more details. There are scalable reproductions of nearly 200 paintings by 26 artists including such favorites as Manet, Monet, Renoir, and Van Gogh; over three hours of original audio information about...

Apple iBooks brings Real Page Numbers and Intuitive Highlighting in new Update
March 8, 2012 | 9:57 am

Ibooks There's been an update to iBooks that got lost in all the hype of the new iPad.  Good E-Reader caught it, however: One of the largest new features apply to all models of the iPad such as real page numbers. This may not seem like a big deal but many digital versions of eBooks do not reflect the same page numbers of their printed counterparts. Amazon is one of the only other companies that has put a huge priority on digital page numbers reflecting the tangible ones. This is applicable to not only book clubs but helps with reference and educational...

Wish list: 5 improvements I’d love to see in the iBookstore, by Piotr Kowalczyk
January 27, 2012 | 10:13 am

Ibooks logo Apple’s recent publishing event raised many complaints about restrictive publishing rules for books created with iBooks Author application. In my opinion people don’t complain about iBooks Author or iBooks 2. The weak part is somewhere else – it’s the iBookstore. I’m sure that if Amazon launched something similar to iBooks Author, not that many people would have complained about that. Kindle Store is closed (though not as closed as iBookstore), but it’s the largest and most advanced ereading ecosystem, available to users of the largest possible number of devices. For now on, the iBookstore is the average store with overpriced books and...

iBooks Author – under the hood
January 20, 2012 | 9:10 am

Screen shot 2012 01 19 at 2 29 16 pm From a post on TUAW by Erica Sadun: I spent a good bit of time this morning taking a peek under the hood at iBooks Author and the files it builds. By request, here is a quick summary of some of the information I gathered on the topic. I warn you that this is going to be a non-generalist post, so do feel free to skip ahead on the site if this kind of info isn't really your thing. The iBooks format appears to be an EPUB-like variant specific to Apple. Like EPUB, it's a zipped up file that contains an archive...

Why I Haven’t Bought a Single Book in the iBookstore [Opinion] | Ebook Friendly, by Piotr Kowalczyk
January 20, 2012 | 9:02 am

Bunny munro 225x300 I’m a big fan of Apple products, and a happy owner of the iPhone and iPad. I was one of a couple of million iPhone users who downloaded Stanza ereading application – and proved that Steve Jobs was wrong saying that “people stop reading”. In view of today’s event, where Apple is going to declare their commitment to digital publishing, I realized I’ve never ever bought a single book in the iBookstore. To clarify: I didn’t spend a dollar in the iBookstore, but I bought lots of books to my iOS devices, both as book apps in the AppStore or to other...

First Folio of Shakespeare available as an Apple ebook in the UK
January 6, 2012 | 3:03 pm

Opening FF thumb 2 Available in the App Store is the First Folio: This is an exact facsimile reproduction of the large and handsome book known simply as the ‘First Folio’, the earliest collected edition of Shakespeare’s ‘Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies’. It was printed in 1623, seven years after his death. This eBookTreasures edition is taken from an exceptional copy held at the British Library. Eighteen of Shakespeare’s plays had already been published in the small, cheap format known as quartos during his lifetime, including such favourites as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet. The first Folio added another eighteen, including Macbeth, The...

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