Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Adobe InDesign CS4

I'm sorry for my long silence over the last month or so. Life has been really full, with lots of great projects. I am also in the process of writing a book about formatting for the Kindle... more on that later.

I just wanted to point you all to a great little post at Bill McCoy's blog about Adobe InDesign CS4. This latest edition of the popular book layout program supports exporting directly to the ePub format directly. This is a HUGE step for the eBook industry, and one that I applaud with all of my strength. The more the traditional publishing industry grabs hold of the eBook market, the more we will see the eBooks become as common in households as digital music.

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Apple tablet PC coming?

I just read this great rumor report. Apple is apparently working on a design for a tablet PC that will make everyone salivate. I have been itching for something like this for a long time, even more so since the Kindle came out. If Apple is actually working on this, I will be looking seriously at purchasing one, even if just for the coolness factor. And if Apple does create it, you know that it will be well-designed. No clunky interface on this baby.

I have to say, though, that it will have some competition in my book from the new design for the OLPC.


Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Other eBook readers

Apparently a new eBook reader has been tossed into the fray (and there are quite a few already). This one, called the ECTACO jetbook, seems to be specifically geared toward users in Poland and Russia, and supports the basic formats that most of the readers do, such as text, Word, and MobiPocket. The jetbook joins the iRex iLiad and the Bookeen Cybook Gen3 in the category of overpriced devices with no really stand-out features. I think the options offered by the Kindle are much better than those of any of these other devices.

What about you? Do you think these other devices will actually give the Kindle a run for its money? Do you see features that would make them more appealing than Amazon's device?


Sunday, March 9, 2008

Kindle Publishing Guide

April Harrison over at Indie Author has created a great introductory guide to publishing books on the Kindle. She covers everything, from looking into copyright issues to formatting and actually hitting the Publish button. This is important information for any Kindle publisher or author, and I highly recommend it.

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Issuu - for eBook Chapter Samples

I ran across a great tool the other day that I thought I would pass along to all of you authors and publishers out there. It is called Issuu, and it is a Flash-based interface for viewing PDF files on the Internet. All you do is go to the website, set up an account, and upload a PDF file. Then, the PDF is converted into a Flash viewer that lets you "turn pages" and do other book-like things. The book can then be embedded on your website or blog.

I think this would be a great way for publishers and authors to make samples of their content available online in a nice, easy-to-read format.