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Ebooks are no longer the novelty they were only 2-3 years ago, but the publishing industry is still experiencing massive disruption from the effects of the digital revolution. Recently considering three different aspects of today’s publishing landscape, I came to one conclusion: the role of the editor is paramount and likely to increase in importance. Read the rest of this entry »

Dymocks’ author-driven publishing platform, D Publishing Network, launched on Wednesday night. It’s been months of hard work (and the reason my blog posts have been few and far between of late) but incredibly rewarding at the same time to have been involved in what has, essentially, been a massive IT project.

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The process of proofing a book for publication has become much easier for print books and much harder for ebooks.

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This article provides a brief guide to ebook conversion, covering what it involves and how to select a conversion service, with an emphasis on maintaining quality.

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Books as apps are receiving a lot of attention. But what is a book app? And is it a good idea? This article explains the differences between books produced as apps and books produced as digital files, and outlines the key considerations in deciding whether to go down the book as app path.

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Today’s devices – computers, mobiles, tablets and TV – demand new skills and new ways of thinking from software developers and designers. Some of these principles also apply to book publishers.

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At the Adobe roadshow on digital publishing in Sydney yesterday, presenter Mike Stoddart enthused about the ability of Adobe’s latest software to allow designers to bring design principles, such as typography, back into publishing multimedia. (I certainly identified with his comments on the difficulties of conveying design principles to developers, who aren’t much concerned with white space and layout.)  Read the rest of this entry »

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