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The current options when publishing an ebook

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  1. 1. eBooks James Little Kirsten Thompson
  2. 2. Overview “This session is designed to be an introduction to publishing your content as ebooks for education and research. This session will guide you through the current ebook publishing options and provide some hands on experience to publish your content. The session will cover the various formats available and highlight issues to be aware of around interoperability and accessibility. Examples of real-world use and best practice will be discussed.”
  3. 3. Overview ● What are eBooks (activity one?) ○ The new publishing landscape (wider context) ○ Why eBooks? ■ Advantages ○ Types ○ Consuming eBooks ● Creating eBooks ○ Authoring ○ Publishing ○ Your turn ● What’s next? ○ New academic landscape at Leeds? ○ Get involved? This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
  4. 4. The new publishing landscape Distribution Increased availability of physical books and digital formats through through the internet. Physical delivery and digital delivery. Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0) Some rights reserved by RLHyde
  5. 5. The new publishing landscape Consumption Physical books still around but growing use of digital formats and devices: In late 2010 sales of ebooks overtook physical books on Source: http://thenextweb. com/insider/2011/01/27/milestone-kindle-books- overtake-paperback-books-on-amazon-com/#!pjBK7 accessed Dec 2013
  6. 6. Accessed Dec 2013 - Source: via how-the-digital-publishing-landscape-is-changing-due-to-tablets/
  7. 7. The new publishing landscape Self-Publishing Easier for people to self-publish. “ reveals quarter of Kindle ebook sales in US were for indie publishers” Source accessed Dec 2013
  8. 8. Activity One: Personal aims of session 1. What are you hoping to get out of the session? 2. Who has read an ebook?: a. How (what book/publisher/device) b. What was your experience? 3. Who has created an ebook?: a. How (what book/publisher/device)
  9. 9. What are eBooks? eBooks are digital resources that can be read on a variety of devices from tablets, phones and computers. eBook readers such as Amazon’s Kindle and iBooks App on the iPad have popularised ebooks over the last few years. There are multiple standards for ebooks and different features with each standard.
  10. 10. What are eBooks? Websites and other digital content versus ebooks? The main difference between ebooks and other digital content is the attempt to reproduce some of the reading experience of a physical book – both in the layout of pages and the ease of use for navigation. There are currently many choices of how to read and create ebooks.
  11. 11. Differences eBooks, as with many digital resources, have some advantages over traditional books: ● Can easily be amended, updated and distributed ● Can be interactive with illustrations, 3D visualisations ● Links can be made to web-based resources and further reading ● Great for accessibility: Text size can be changed and spoken out loud ● Multiple bookmarks and notes can be made and stored along with the book. ● Multiple publishing options
  12. 12. What are eBooks? eBook Standards At the moment there are around 16 ‘standards’ for ebooks but there are currently 5 that are most popular: 1. EPUB – A free an open standard that many devices support reading. Has support for interactivity, video and pictures. 2. Amazon Kindle Format – A standard that is propriety and used by Amazon’s Kindle readers and for ebooks sold through the Amazon website. Now includes some interactivity and links to additional content 3. Apple iBooks – Another propriety standard (based on the EPUB standard)that requires and iPad or iPhone to read. Currently has the highest amount of interactivity and scope for additional features. Distributed through the Apple iBookstore. 4. Adobe PDF – A standard originally designed for containing printable versions of documents. Can be read on a wide variety of devices using Adobe Reader or without any additional software. Perhaps the most basic of the formats. 5. HTML5/CSS – Essentially an internet webpage that is often created in a way to recreate a book-like feel. Can be read on any device with an internet browser.
  13. 13. ebooks PDF Kindle iBooks Journals Self- publishing Amazon Kindle Reader Self- publishing Commercial Publishers Apple iBooks Author HTML5/ CSS EPUB Format Consumption Authoring Tool Self- publishing Commercial Publishers Amazon Kindle Reader iPad iPad Amazon Kindle Reader Laptop/ Desktop Computer
  14. 14. Buying and Reading eBooks eBooks can be purchased and read on many different devices from dedicated ebook-readers such as Amazon’s Kindle to software you can install on your computer, tablet or mobile phone. eBooks can be obtained from many places – Apple’s iBookStore; Amazon’s website and many are free from educational websites and publishers.
  15. 15. Examples iBookStore
  16. 16. Examples HTML5/CSS
  17. 17. Examples Amazon ebooks Accessed from Amazon Dec 2013
  18. 18. Creating eBooks Questions to think about: 1. Start with content and its purpose: a. Educational b. Research dissemination 2. What features would enable this: a. Interactive versus just text/images 3. Resources available to create (people, time, budget) 4. How wide an audience/distribution a. Small or large (within a class/cohort or worldwide) b. What publisher(s) to select 5. Accessibility 6. IPR, ethics, copyright, OERS - other legal
  19. 19. Authoring Tools Many available - choice depends on your needs
  20. 20. Product Provider Type of Service eBook standard*s created Interactivity/Feat ures Published via iBooks Author Apple Application iBooks Images, 3D Models, Audio, Links iTunes Smashwords www.smashwords. com Online service Multiple Images, Links Multiple Articulate Storyline Articulate Application HTML/CSS /Flash Images, Audio, Links Website Create a Website Web standards Online / Application HTML/CSS Images, 3D Models, Audio, Links Website Microsoft Word and PowerPoint Microsoft Application PDF/Text Images, Audio, Links Website Adobe Acrobat Adobe Application PDF Images, Audio, Links Website Kindle Direct Publishing https: // publishing/ Amazon Online Kindle Images, Audio, Links Amazon Jutoh Application Multiple Dependent on format Multiple http://www.lulu. com/publish/ebooks/ Lulu Application Multiple Dependent on format Multiple http://www.literatureandlatte. com/scrivener.php Scrivner Application Multiple Dependent on format Multiple Calibre Application Multiple Dependent on format Multiple
  21. 21. Activity Two Experience creating an ebook using Calibre or Use existing tools - PowerPoint Templates and PDF
  22. 22. What’s Next? Current Approaches Highly Interactive For highly interactive ebooks for use on iPads is to use Apple’s iBooks Author which is the current market leader in terms of features in this area – but only available on Macs and published iBooks are only compatible with Apple mobile devices. Articulate Storyline offers a good alternative for Windows computers. Alternatively a well-resourced team can create an interactive experience using web standards HTML5 and CSS. Widest Reaching Another approach to create a spectrum of versions – one using Apple’s iBooks Author, the other using Microsoft Word and then using a tool such as Smashwords which will produce copies in multiple formats.
  23. 23. What’s Next? University of Leeds - BLLTIG 13/01 A number of individuals across the institution have produced eBooks using the Apple iBook Author tool and wish to publish these within the Apple Bookstore for distribution to registered students and for download by external learners. The Group agreed that there should be a University-owned channel in the iBook Store and the benefits of using this channel rather than a personal account (support from the Digital Learning Team, brand association and so on) will be promoted to staff. This recommendation will be forwarded to BLSG for endorsement. from 23 October 2013 minutes
  24. 24. Thank You
  25. 25. Publishing Process Publishing Options ● Platform tied to specific tool ● Specific Publishing platform ● Service publishing to many platforms. Resources and people needed to create? Authoring Tools | Publishing Platforms | Consumption Devices