Michael Pastore, author of 50 Benefits of eBooks, provides a review of a new book – EPUB, Straight to the Point by Elizabeth Castro. Michael states, “Castro’s book fills an immense gap in this field, as an essential guide for publishers, designers and authors who need to produce books in the EPUB format.” Better yet, he read it on his iPad using his iBooks app. As a new author who worked with a traditional publisher, I’ll be anxious to take a look at this to see the steps involved in creating an EPUB book. Who knows, maybe self-publishing will be easier than I thought.
Here’s what I’ve been reading (and listening to) this week:
ebrary announced a new pilot program for it’s new public library collection. The collection contains 20,000 titles ranging from fiction to life skills, and careers to arts and crafts. Simultaneous, multi-user access is available for this collection in addition to ebrary’s DASH (Do-it-yourself publishing platform). Local public high schools get free access with the public library subscription. The ebrary school library program (announced earlier this year) is a subset of the public library collection.
Bowker released a report today on U.S. Book production. Among their projections: U.S. book production in 2009 remained flat but 2009 was an extraordinary year of growth for “non-traditional” books. According to the press release, these [non-traditional] books, marketed almost exclusively on the web, are largely on-demand titles produced by reprint houses specializing in public domain works and by presses catering to self-publishers and ”micro-niche” publications. Bowker projects that 764,448 titles were produced that fall outside Bowker’s traditional publishing and classification definitions. This number is a 181% increase over 2008 — which doubled 2007’s output – driving total book production over 1,000,000 units for the first time. ”
Thanks to GalleyCat for the post.
Earlier this week I attended the O’Reilly Tools of Change (TOC) Conference for the first time. Over 1250 attendees gathered in New York City to discuss and network about issues and trends in publishing, in particular, digital publishing. While much of the information presented was for the publishing industry, I did manage to find several great ideas and concepts that relate to libraries. I’d like to share these with you, in no apparent order. Continue reading