Ebooks, Ebook Readers, Digital Books and Digital Content Publishing

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Announcement from Ebooks, Ebook Readers, Digital Books and Digital Content Publishing

Book Publishing & Royalty Software Consultant Top Contributor

The eBook market continues to evolve with new tools, formats and challenges for publishers.

Publishers Weekly reported on the Vook e-book creation and publishing platform, a comprehensive, cloud-based tool that allows users to embed images, videos and other multimedia into e-books to create enhanced e-books. http://www.vook.com

Sourcebooks launched "2Go" line of $2.99 iTunes e-books with separate enhanced e-book lines in classical composers, presidential speeches, and poets. A new division; Sourcebooks EDU, will market and sell these e-books to educators.


CNN reported that users are complaining about the readability images with text on the iPAd3. The iPad 3 applies an anti-aliasing filter to all low-resolution content (i.e. images formatted for the lower resolution iPad2), which blurs images ever so slightly. As a result, photographs still look about the same on the iPad 3, but the text in images looks a lot worse -- i.e., visibly blurry, or pixelated.


Harry Potter eBooks are released with social watermarking based on the book, the purchaser and purchase time; however, Harry Potter eBooks pushed wirelessly to eBook readers are DRM protected.


In the Marketing, Marketing, Marketing discussion Kristin mentioned the use of Google Analytics for analyzing your website traffic and others are commenting using social marketing to promote book sales.

Periodically folks from this Group meet in person, usually at or near a book event or as an excuse to discuss the industry with other professionals. A meet-up is scheduled tomorrow in Chicago - Thurs March 29


Barbara, Dominique, Adam, Bill, Edwin (Writing), Marion

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  • Clive W.


    Clive W.

    Formulation Chemist (product designer) at Belassi Productos de Belleza

    The Vook agreement looks like an invitation to get ripped off. Not for us, thanks.

  • Amina S.


    Amina S.

    IT Project Manager

    Did anyone get a chance of trying the vook platform? Any comment? Would you agree: "PW has been testing the platform and it could indeed be a game changer, giving small and large publishers fairly inexpensive, one-stop access to e-book publication."

  • Erica M.


    Erica M.


    Vook is anything but "fairly inexpensive." It's outrageously expensive and sites like BookBaby do the same thing for a fraction of the price with a yearly fee of $19.00. It's SEVENTY NINE DOLLARS A MONTH on Vook for the cheapest plan.

  • Kevin M.


    Kevin M.

    Owner at Role of the Hero Publishing

    Top Contributor

    I find Vook to be a fascinating little venture. Not only do they charge $849 per year for the basic membership. They also charge $89-100 per book on top of that. AND, despite their claims that they keep none of the royalties, you only get 45% of the cover price on Kindle ebooks priced between $2.99 and $9.99 and 50% of Nook books.

    Now, when any kid with a computer can get 70% on Kindle and 65% on Nook, I have to sorta wonder where the rest of that money is going?

    My take is that this is geared toward publishing companies who produce a sizable number of books per year. I wonder if any of them are going to fall for it?

    It's like PublishAmerica, but for publishers. ;)

  • Clive W.


    Clive W.

    Formulation Chemist (product designer) at Belassi Productos de Belleza

    It's like PublishAmerica, but for publishers. ;)
    - great comment, Kevin. Hey, idiots at B&N: get lost.

  • Bill H.


    Bill H.

    Director of User Experience and Readability at Stealth Startup in Mobile App Space

    It should come as no surprise to anyone that text-in-images is blurry on the new iPad - or any other device.

    Graphics can scale linearly, text cannot. Which is why for the past 20 years at least, Microsoft, Adobe and many font companies have invested hugely in font hinting - which is basically including intelligence in a font to tell the rasterizer what to do when scaling text at different resolutions.

    Using text in a graphic is a really, really dumb idea. Always has been, always will be.
    Those who're complaining should know better. But they won't. Now they'll take the higher resolution of the new iPad, and create text-in-graphics at a new resolution, still using the pixel.

    Perhaps what we really need going forward is a new and more intelligent graphics format, which stores text within images as text, in a layer. The graphics engine would hand the text rendering off to the font rasterizer, which would scale the outline and pass that data back. The graphics engine would then use that properly-scaled data to render the text in the image at the correct resolution for the target device.

    It is really time to stop thinking in pixels. It makes no sense at all when you are outputting to a range of devices with different display resolutions.

    Perhaps I should define the term "resolution" here. It's not an arbitrary number determined by some historical standard graphics card, like VGA's 1024 x 768. True resolution is measured in pixels per inch. The old iPad had 132 pixels per inch, the new one has 264.
    Other devices will have their own numbers. And as long as text is described in pixels, it's a crapshoot what size it will be on any random device.

    In other words, pixel dimensions are RELATIVE. The human eye (at normal reading distance, for "normal" vision, or vision corrected to "normal" parameters by lenses) needs body text that's between 9 and 12 points high, or one-eighth to one-sixth of an inch high. Those numbers are not relative, but ABSOLUTE, and confirmed by over 80 years of reading research.

  • Sneh C.


    Sneh C.

    Author at Chitta Chit Publications

    My eBooks are on Amazon and can be reviewed at http://www.chittachitpublications.com

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