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Digital Bookmaking Roundup-Peter Meyers


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Digital Bookmaking Tools Roundup. For those of us who aren't code slingers, what's the easiest way to create a digital book? There are a small but growing number of tools, ranging from those from Adobe to iPad-based efforts that aim to make publishing a touch and drag affair. Some of these solutions get you an iPad app, some get you EPUB, some are for web-based books. In this O'Reilly Media webcast author and book futurist Pete Meyers looks at what's best, what's easiest to use, and what's worth putting in your book-building toolkit.

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  1. 1. Digital Bookmaking Tools Roundup <ul><li>Peter Meyers | @ petermeyers </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>June 30, 2011
  2. 2. Different Books, Different Tools <ul><li>Mainly text, limited images </li></ul><ul><li>Simple picture books </li></ul><ul><li>Picture books + motion </li></ul><ul><li>Rich page layout </li></ul><ul><li>Complete customization </li></ul>
  3. 3. Mainly text, some pix
  4. 4. Leanpub: what you get
  5. 5. Leanpub: how it works
  6. 6. Leanpub: how it works
  7. 7. Leanpub: how it works
  8. 8. Leanpub: how it works
  9. 9. Leanpub <ul><li>Price: free to create; small sales fee; ~90% royalties </li></ul><ul><li>Availability: good to go </li></ul><ul><li>Neat-o & Nifty: blog-to-book; portable files </li></ul>
  10. 10. Press Books: what you get
  11. 11. Press Books: how it works
  12. 12. Press Books: how it works
  13. 13. Press Books <ul><li>Price: basic tools free; fee for custom installations + possible annual maintenance fee </li></ul><ul><li>Availability: private beta; public beta target: end of summer </li></ul><ul><li>Neat-o & Nifty: single-source publishing; WordPress=English major friendly </li></ul>
  14. 14. Periodic Technology: what you get
  15. 15. Periodic Technology: what you get
  16. 16. Periodic Technology: what you get
  17. 17. Periodic Technology: what you get
  18. 18. Periodic Technology <ul><li>Price: TBD </li></ul><ul><li>Availability: private beta; public release: early August </li></ul><ul><li>Neat-o & Nifty: Adding “Extras” easy; multi-platform versions </li></ul>
  19. 19. Simple picture books
  20. 20. My Story Book: how it works
  21. 21. My Story Book: how it works
  22. 22. My Story Book: how it works
  23. 23. My Story Book <ul><li>Price: TBD, but: “attractive to Mums & Dads” </li></ul><ul><li>Availability: Beta testing mid-July; App Store launch target: August </li></ul><ul><li>Neat-o & Nifty: Simple enough for Seuss </li></ul>
  24. 24. Picture books + motion The Three Little Pigs, Nosy Crow
  25. 25. Composer: what you get
  26. 26. Composer: how it works Courtesy Anna Grossnickle Hines, Not Without Bear
  27. 27. Composer <ul><li>Price: TBD. Target is “hundreds not thousands” of dollars </li></ul><ul><li>Availability: private beta; target for open beta/App Store launch: August 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Neat-o & Nifty: iPad-based design </li></ul>
  28. 28. Moglue: what you get
  29. 29. Moglue: how it works
  30. 30. Moglue: how it works
  31. 31. Moglue <ul><li>Price: TBD, but current thinking: $500 to publish 10 books/yr + 80% for authors (after Apple’s 30% cut) </li></ul><ul><li>Availability: open beta target: July </li></ul><ul><li>Neat-o & Nifty: iOS & Android output </li></ul>
  32. 32. Active Reader: what you get
  33. 33. Active Reader: how it works
  34. 34. Active Reader: how it works
  35. 35. Active Reader: how it works
  36. 36. Active Reader <ul><li>Price: TBD, but probably subscription fee + per title license </li></ul><ul><li>Availability: private beta (still accepting); public beta target: 3Q’11 </li></ul><ul><li>Neat-o & Nifty: highly custom motion requires no coding </li></ul>
  37. 37. Rich page layout Project magazine
  38. 38. Aquafadas: what you get
  39. 39. Aquafadas: what you get
  40. 40. Aquafadas: what you get
  41. 41. Aquafadas: how it works
  42. 42. Aquafadas: how it works
  43. 43. Aquafadas: how it works
  44. 44. Aquafadas <ul><li>Price: starts at $500/book. $300 for each additional title w/volume discounts. Aquafadas takes no rev share. </li></ul><ul><li>Availability: public beta; first full release: July </li></ul><ul><li>Neat-o & Nifty: compose & preview for free </li></ul>
  45. 45. Other Options <ul><li>Mainly text, limited images: Pages, Smashwords, Anthologize, Sigil, Calibre, Scrivener, Kindle Direct Publishing, PubIT </li></ul><ul><li>Picture books + motion: InteractBuilder, Kwiksher </li></ul><ul><li>Rich page layout: App Press, BookOnPublish, Publish88, Adobe DPS, Woodwing </li></ul><ul><li>Complete customization: iOS/Android SDK, Corona, App Inventor </li></ul>
  46. 46. Wrapping Up <ul><li> for tools list, links, slides </li></ul><ul><li>peter.meyers @ | @ petermeyers </li></ul><ul><li>Breaking the Page: Transforming Books & the Reading Experience (O’Reilly, 2011) </li></ul>