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January 24th, 2015

Variable type for ebooks?

SuperpolatorThere have been rumors around for several years now that multiple master fonts might not be gone completely, or that a new solution might be in the works. Nick Sherman wrote a long, but exciting article about the new possibilities on A List Apart. Superpolator (on the left) shows some exciting possibilities. My personal hope is for OpenType features in ePUBs.

Variable type has some big guns behind it

Recently, Adam Twardoch made a proposal along these same lines. This is a big idea because Adam is one of the major designers working on the next version of FontLab—which we must assume is in the works. FontLab 5 has been out for a long time now.

Can variable type be added to ePUB3 & beyond?

I have no idea, but it could solve some real problems we have typographically with our digital books being read on everything from smartphones through phablets to iPads. This will bear watching. I’ll let you know if I hear anything. As you can see above, these possibilities could help a lot. Maybe we can even get OpenType features working in our ePUBs.

January 22nd, 2015

Printing has changed, but it's certainly not dead...

Offset (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I read a good article this morning from My Print Resource talking about the slow slide of offset lithography to a minority process. However, it will still be the largest segment of printing. Many of the new self-publishers are not aware that printing is still a huge industry, and that

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January 21st, 2015

When marketing your books, keep it real

Collection of Marketing books (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There’s an excellent article today on Site Pro News called How to Create Shareable, Likable, and Organic Content. Of course, as a writer it bothers me a little that there are two typos in the headline. But the points made by Julia are dead on for all

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January 20th, 2015

Review: The Self-Publishers Ultimate Resource Guide from The Book Designer team

It’s hard not to be really disappointed. Joel has been a superb source of data and knowledge for many years. But there is no information here.

This book is just a list of resources

There is nothing here except a list of people I’ve never heard of. Of course, I live life in a relatively

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October 24th, 2014

Guest post: The future of ebooks by Michael W. Perry at inklingbooks.com

English: The second generation Amazon Kindle, showing the book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Michael’s comments are worth reading

I didn’t ask his permission this time, but this is an excellent comment by Michael in reply to my posting about the probable need to go back to using Amazon’s Kindle Export plug-in

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October 20th, 2014

My Udemy course “Practical Font Design” huge discount!

One of my Christmas presents to you this year is my video course for Practical Font Design using FontLab 5 on Udemy. It’s normally a $99 course. But:

Until New Year’s Eve: Only $19.00 USD

It would make an excellent gift also. It includes complete ebook copy of the PFD book which sells for

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October 8th, 2014

Kindle books still require InDesign CS6 and the Amazon plug-in

I sent my new book (see the cover to the left) to Kindle KDP. I exported it as ePUB2 with embedded fonts and so on. I converted it with Kindle Previewer.My first reader complained that all the graphics were destroyed. (A graphic 600 px wide by 35 px tall was displaying 600 px wide by

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August 19th, 2014

What desktop publishing did to graphic designers, self-publishing is doing to authors

Image courtesy of sportsclipart.com

OK! I’m a little punch-drunk

I’ve been through this before. In fact, I’ve been through it five times now. it’s been pretty much non-stop since 1991. My life and career [yours too, probably unless you’re a kid born after 1980—especially after 1990] has been radically transformed on a continual basis

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August 4th, 2014

Guest Post: Amazon has put itself in trouble proprietarily

This posting is a slight expansion of a comment made by Michael Perry of Inkling Books on my “Designing ePUBs With InDesign” New Release posting this morning

Michael has been a long-time friend of The Skilled Workman, and his comments have made this a much better blog. He is much closer to

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August 4th, 2014

New release: Designing ePUBs With InDesign by David Bergsland

Ebooks have been a mess until now.

Actually, they still are in many ways. However, InDesign CC 2014 has truly solved most of the problems. It always did export the best PDFs. Now it exports very good ePUB FXL (fixed layout), reflowable ePUBs, and because Kindle will upload the reflowables converting easily, the Kindle problem

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