Some great advice on publishing a book app - it’s all about planning, telling a great story, and selling it as soon as you can!
A book with proper margins says a number of things. It says, we care about the page. It says, we care about the words. We care so much that we’re going to ensure the words and the page fall into harmony. We’re not going to squish the text to save money. Oh, no, we will not not rush and tuck words too far into the gutter.
A book with proper margins says, We respect you, Dear Reader, and also you, Dear Author, and you, too, Dear Book.
A wonderful essay by Craig Mod on book margins. And so much more.
A great collection of self-published ebooks on design, technology and business.
Once you have created your book, it’s to think about editing, previewing and publishing.
We’ll start with a quick refresher on output formatting. Woopie creates up to four different versions for you, so that your readers always have the best version with the most appropriate content for them. It doesn’t make sense to include, for example, large video files for a black-and-white kindle reader because they take up space, slow the download, and cause reader confusion and frustration when they can’t access or play the video.
Instead, Woopie builds your publication with contextual intelligence. So a reader on a desktop browser sees a high-res version of the video, an iBooks reader gets a smaller, compressed, embedded video, and a black-and-white kindle reader sees a screenshot of the video with a relevant caption.
Here are the four output formats:
- - Web will give you a responsive web reading layout, suitable for desktop, tablet & phone screen sizes.
- - ePub will give you an eReader format suitable for iBooks and most eReader devices
- - mobi will give you an eReader format suitable for all Kindle devices.
- - iOS will create a version suitable for an iOS Newsstand app.
One of the most frustrating parts of creating digital publications is previewing and testing on different devices. In fact, our experience doing this with our own magazine was the biggest reason we ended up building Woopie. We spent way too much time creating, exporting, downloading, testing, fixing, repeating, so we built Woopie to do that for us and for anyone else with the same frustration! Testing can be time-consuming, awkward, slow as well as expensive if you’re buying different devices to test things out on.
By previewing the content, you can view it at many different device sizes and responsive layouts. This gives you a good feel for how your images look, whether you need more or less media, if the fonts feel right, etc.
Besides the web viewer, you can also email yourself a link to the publication so you can view on your phone or tablet. Or forward the link to a friend or colleague to get their take on it.
Lastly, we make it as easy as possible to get the output onto your own devices in case you want to test them yourself, too. Download the formats and copy them to your tablet, or push them to your dropbox folder and access them that way.
Now you can download files and share or distribute them. Publishing means different things for different people. You may want to download the files and push them to your own server, or you may want to push them to Dropbox or an FTP account so that they are live on your own URL or server.
A great way to help your readers check out your new content is to have a landing page for them, like this one: http://woop.ie/samples/movietop5.html
There you can have all the links to download the books, and this is also a good place to put things like links to Amazon or iTunes if your book is for sale in other marketplaces. You can also enable a paywall if your content is only for subscribers or members. There are many other ways to think about revenue from your content, like tweet-to-unlock, pay-per-day, subscriptions and many more which we’ll cover in a future article.
NOW TELL YOUR READERS ABOUT IT!
Now that your book is completed and ready for your readers, it’s time to help make sure they find it! In our next post we’ll talk about marketing strategies and tracking your downloads.
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The current system is flawed and its production processes cumbersome. It’s everything the web is not. And although iPad magazines need not behave like the web, it feels to me like dynamic, updatable, re-renderable, re-scalable text should be considered the de facto choice for on-screen reading, whether or not it’s a website, book, or magazine.
Soon you’ll be able to throw away your polyfills and workarounds - responsive images are on the way!
Resize, optimise, editorialise and art-direct your images based on different screen sizes and contexts
Finally, true responsive images are becoming a reality on the web — in pure HTML, without convoluted hacks. The <picture> element and a couple of new attributes for the <img> element are behind a flag in Chromium 37 and shipping in Chromium 38 (so coming soon in Opera), in Firefox Nightly and are being implemented in WebKit (although it remains to be seen if Apple will ship it in the next version of Safari).
The new <picture> element can be verbose and confusing, because it solves a range of use cases. To help you match your requirements to the responsive image syntax, we’ve prepared this article full of examples.
Jason Santa Maria’s newly published book on the art of web typography
"Typography is your design’s voice and the most powerful tool you have to communicate with your readers. Learn how to wield type with care and wit: how to evaluate typefaces, consider technical constraints, create flexible typographic systems, and put together your own collection of favorite faces.
Jason Santa Maria wants you to see type beyond code or flourishes. You’ll discover how typography shapes the way we read and how you can adapt the craft’s practices for the screen. So go ahead. Choose, combine, and set typefaces with ease—and invite readers in.”
In our last blog post, we discussed reasons to reuse articles or content for yourself, your publication or your company. Today we’re going to take a deeper dive into one way to do exactly that. We will cover how to create a book out of a blog. (You can see examples of books like these here on our samples page: http://woop.ie/samples.html.)
FIRST THINGS FIRST
You’ll need a Woopie account, if you don’t already have one.
Click here to sign up for an account.
START WITH YOUR BLOG
Simply use Woopie’s “Create from Blog” button. Add the URL of your blog and click “import.” It’s as easy as that!
FILTERING RSS FEEDS
Perhaps you want to focus the content a bit more. If you don’t want the last ten posts of your blog, you can also import a custom RSS feed or one sorted by tags or categories.
As an example, here’s the RSS feed from Inc.com with only the “startup advice” posts:
Here’s an RSS feed from Woopie with only the “epub” posts:
Using WordPress for your blog? Getting a specific RSS feed from WordPress is really easy. Just type your URL plus either “category” or “tag” followed by the word you want and then “/feed/“.
Tumblr is just as easy. It’s just the URL followed by “tagged” and the category name.
ADDING INDIVIDUAL ARTICLES BY URL
You’re all set to publish your book and then a new article is posted to the blog, which you’d like to include. Do you have to start over?
Nope. You can simply import that extra article right from its URL. Go to the article listing. At the top right, you’ll see a “New Article From URL” button. Click that and paste in the URL of the article. Woopie does the rest.
TO IMPORT IMAGES OR NOT TO IMPORT IMAGES:
Creating a self-contained ebook for Amazon or iBooks requires us to import your images or they will appear as broken links. However the image importing takes a bit more time than just the text.
As a rule of thumb, you can skip image importing if you just need a web version of your book or the content will always be online. If you need it to be available offline, it is safer to import the images.
PUBLISH - VOILÀ!:
You can now simply click the “Generate” button on the article listing page to have Woopie create your book. Simple!
Next week we’ll cover previewing and publishing your work through Woopie. In the meantime, be sure to check out our ebook samples at http://woop.ie/samples.html.
Woopie’s simple RSS import function means it’s a snap to pull in your best blog posts and turn them into ready-to-sell ebooks. Try it for free for 30 days at http://woop.ie/