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Presentation at Book Expo / IDPF about 5 experiments publishers should be doing, and how PressBooks can help them do it. http://pressbooks.com

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5 Experiments Publishers Should Be Doing TODAY 5 Experiments Publishers Should Be Doing TODAY Presentation Transcript

  • 5 ExperimentsEvery PublisherShould Be Doing TODAY (and how PressBooks can help)
  • I am Hugh McGuire:- Founder of PressBooks.com (online bookproduction software)- Founder of LibriVox.org (free publicdomain audiobooks)On Twitter: @hughmcguire
  • PressBooks.com is a simple online tool to make: -- a beautiful EPUB / Mobi -- a beautiful typeset PDF -- a beautiful webbook -- Docbook and other XML outputUsed by big publishers, individual authors, and everything in between.
  • PLEASE USE OURSOFTWARE
  • Session title: “Content-centricpublishing workflows.”... and one of the things we are todiscuss is:“the radically more efficientworkflows that these types ofsolutions enable.”
  • I don’t think efficiency reallymatters.
  • OK. So.5 Experiments Every PublisherShould Be Doing ...
  • 1.(Kindle) Singles / Shorts etc.(eg. Harvard Business Review Press)
  • 2.Digital Only Imprint(eg. Fortress Press)
  • 3.Web samples(with lots of content).(eg. O’Reilly Media)
  • 4.Online subscription-based books.(eg. Say Books)
  • 5.All of it!(eg. no one, yet)
  • PLEASE USE OURSOFTWARE
  • PressBooksadmin interface:
  • PressBooks: Outputs
  • PressBooks output: ebook (ibooks)
  • PressBooks output:typeset PDF for print or print on demand
  • PressBooks output: mobile web
  • PressBooks output: web(with social features)
  • Tools like PressBooks ARE more efficient ...
  • ..but efficiency isn’t going to “save” anyone.
  • What will “save” us is figuringout how all this efficiency can help usconnect readers and writers in “new” ways.
  • Nice thingspeople say about PressBooks:
  • “PressBooks has been great for our digital singles publishingprogram. Its easy input and multiple outputs have given us aquicker way to produce content for our readers.” -- Ania Wieckowski, Managing Editor, Harvard Business Review Press"PressBooks is a godsend. All the technicalities of ebookproduction no longer require my attention. I can concentrateon my work: writing."-- Nath Jones, self-published author"[PressBooks is] an amazing tool, and if you’re alreadyfamiliar with how WordPress works, then you’ll find it evenmore incredible." -- Jane Friedman, Professor of e-media, University of Cincinnati
  • We’d like to experiment with you. Hugh McGuirehugh@pressbooks.com