The top 10 most useful ebook writing software

The top 10 most useful ebook writing software

The age of handwriting your ebook and typing it up later is long gone. While I am a lover of beautiful stationery, an ebook writing software can be much more useful. In our selection, we review the best editing, writing and converting toolscurrently at the market. Some of them practically take you from the first idea to the virtual bookshelf, and others […]

How to share advance copies of ebooks to those without a suitable device

How to share advance copies of ebooks to those without a suitable device

I was talking to a customer about their ebook publishing programme last week and heard that they are looking for a simple way to send copies of reflowable and fixed layout ebooks out for approval. Their question was this: “Is there a straightforward way for someone outside of the company to open and read an eBook?” […]

Startup snapshot: Exact Editions

Startup snapshot: Exact Editions

Having spent the past decade turning complex consumer magazines into their precise digital doppelgangers, Exact Editions launched their new digital books service in May. Here we interviewed Adam Hodgkin, Chairman and Co-Founder of Exact Editions.  1) What exactly is Exact Editions? Exact Editions is a platform for publishing and licensing content on the web and through apps to […]

What’s your flavour?: Selecting the right XML for your content

What’s your flavour?: Selecting the right XML for your content

This is a guest post from Emily Gibson and Nic Gibson. They are both directors of Corbas Consulting Ltd and each have over 20 years’ publishing experience, mostly in editorial, print and digital production. The other day we were contacted by a client who was really excited about the new digital publishing process they were putting into […]

The lost art of indexes in ebooks

The lost art of indexes in ebooks

When was the last time you used an index in an ebook? Maybe the better question is this: Have you ever used an index in an ebook? One of the challenges here is that most ebooks don’t have indexes, the result of the misguided notion that text search is a better solution. Every so often […]

Reading aloud: merging audio and text just got a lot easier

Reading aloud: merging audio and text just got a lot easier

You may know that the modern EPUB3 standard has an inbuilt ability to hold audio and video, but one of the most intriguing aspects of EPUB3 that you may have overlooked is ‘Read-aloud’. This technique, sometimes called ‘media overlays’, combines a spoken audio track with accurate timing information usually used to highlight words on the […]

Picturing the future of the book

Picturing the future of the book

This is a guest post from Alison Jones. Alison is a business and executive coach, content consultant and publisher. After a 23-year career in trade and scholarly publishing working with major publishers such as Oxford University Press and Macmillan, during which she pioneered digital publishing, she set up Alison Jones Business Services and the Practical […]

5 Questions for Miral Sattar from Bibliocrunch [INTERVIEW]

5 Questions for Miral Sattar from Bibliocrunch [INTERVIEW]

Host of November’s BookMachine NYC, Bree Weber, talks to speaker on the night Miral Sattar, founder of BiblioCrunch. Grab your tickets for BookMachine NYC here. 1. What’s your background and how did you get involved in the publishing industry? I’m an engineer by background, love to write and publish, and also love help other people […]

How publishing for different devices impacts design [SPONSORED POST]

Many design companies, like us here at HL Studios, come from a print or web-based background and have had to do some serious upgrading (of software, equipment and especially skills) to keep up with the multitude of digital devices available on the market today. Designing for these devices is quite complex, as each device has […]