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October 20th, 2014

My Udemy course “Practical Font Design” huge discount!

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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 $9.99.

Use this link for the special price

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

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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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July 21st, 2014

Writing and working in InDesign makes using it easy

I was talking to a friend a couple days ago. He mentioned the primary trouble he has in using InDesign to format his books: when he gets into InDesign he can’t remember how to use it. Suddenly, it dawned on me that this is a primary reason why writing in InDesign is so effective.

Not

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July 7th, 2014

New Release: Writing In InDesign CC 2014 Producing Books, more than an update

Writing In InDesign CC 2014 Producing Books

CC 2014 virtually redid ePUB export—adding fixed layout & radically improving reflowable ePUBs

Indesign has always been the best software for publishing: print & ebook. I have already posted quite a bit about the new software. Most of the improvements seemed to be focused on we self-publishers. But my book is also redone— in places

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June 18th, 2014

InDesign CC 2014 Reflowable ePUBs are even better

Although the large changes in ePUB export are seen in the fixed layout variety, what they now call reflowable ePUBs are also improved. They have their own dialog box and they are a separate choice when you export. You now add the metadata in the export reflowable ePUB dialog box. This saves time and hassle.

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June 18th, 2014

InDesign CC 2014 offers excellent fixed layout ePUBs

This is probably the big news for InDesign CC 2014. Although there have been many improvements to Reflowable ePUBs, they are incremental. The ePUB FXL has the possibility of being almost revolutionary.

So, how big is this change?

It is very hard to show the differences because the layouts are so different. But, let’s look

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June 18th, 2014

Why InDesign is even less optional than it was

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As you know, I am convinced that you are hurting your chances with your book if you do not use InDesign in the production process. This is even more true now that InDesign CC 2014 has added the direct export of fixed layout ePUBs. Plus, no one exports the quality of PDF

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