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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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January 20th, 2014

InDesign CC ePUBs now handle floating graphics fairly well

There are always going to be complaints. But I can do everything I want to do with anchored graphics right now. With one major exception:

It’s hard to predict what will happen with a graphic crossing a page break. If it’s floating, it may just not render.

I can understand that. I really don’t have

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January 18th, 2014

ePUB production just took a major leap upward with InDesign CC9.2

The new InDesign CC9.2, released this week, gives us much to be happy about as book publishers

Most of the changes affect book production. The long-promised TypeKit integration is now available with over 700 Adobe TypeKit fonts freely usable and licensed for print, Web, and ebook as part of Creative Cloud. It runs

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December 26th, 2013

A possible replacement for PDFs or a new type of book?

This one almost slipped past me. Bob Levine wrote about it at InDesign secrets. Adobe’s now giving away licenses to the .folio format.

This could be huge! Magazines were dying because .folio was so expensive

Now maybe we’ll see some more folio readers. Maybe tablet reader apps will be able to handle folio also.

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November 16th, 2013

Questions from authors about publishing their book

I received this email a couple days ago. It is typical of the type of questions I get from every author for whom I either publish their book or produce the digital artwork for their book so they can publish it. The only proviso is that I only publish books for authors I know, for

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October 25th, 2013

Desktop, laptop, or tablet?

I found a good article today which explains many of the issues. My main issue with the conclusions is that I cannot be productive with a laptop. If you are just writing, an iPad with Apple’s wireless keyboard will do the job for you very well. The article misses my most important category of software

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September 9th, 2013

Why embedded fonts matter for your ebooks

Today I want to talk about an area of ePUB and Kindle design which is never mentioned. The reason it is not mentioned is that only iBooks and Kindle Fire have the capability. There are a few peripheral apps that can: Bluefire on the iPad & Readium on Chrome, plus there may be more on

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July 1st, 2013

The changes to self-publishing are just beginning

This has been a day for it. All my sources are talking about nothing else.

Here’s an excellent article about where indie and self-publishing may go

There’s some good stuff here. The real problem is two-fold:

The transitional future of the dedicated ereader Getting book discovery out of the hands of Amazon The ereader is

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May 30th, 2013

DPS in trouble: people do not like digital magazines

I’ve been saying this for a long time, but now stats are surfacing to show my point. Dead Tree Edition has a good article on it showing that only 25% of tablet users prefer digital magazines over print. That means three-quarters of tablet users prefer print.

My point is that DPS is a dead-end for

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