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Opening the Book – My talk at Books in Browsers 2012

Here is my talk at Books in Browsers 2012, “Opening the Book,” (originally slated to be titled “Authoring for Discoverability”). See below for the slide deck as well. Here is the slide deck that goes with this presentation. Opening the Book from Hugh McGuire

Tools for Testing Your Ebooks

The ugly non-secret of ebooks is that they look different on all different platforms. Kindle, iBooks, Nook, Kobo and others. If you want to know what your epubs will look like in the wild, I recommend the following tips and (free!) tools. When we test EPUB outputs at PressBooks, we usually go through the testing

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Interview in Contents Magazine

There’s a short interview with me about the future of books in Contents Magazine: In the field of book futurism, Hugh McGuire is both maker and commentator. He runs PressBooks, which offers a digital workflow for ebook creation built on top of WordPress, and LibriVox, a massive collection of free, public domain audiobooks. We spoke with him about

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CBC Radio: Spark

I am on CBC Radio: Spark this week, talking to the always lovely Nora Young, about books, the internet & “Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto.” I’m batting clean-up, segment starts at 45mins. Listen here.

Introducing the Rogue Reader

Very exited today for the (soft) launch of The Rogue Reader, a new kind of publishing enterprise, run by Jason Ashlock, and powered completely by PressBooks. The whole thing is running on a dedicated PressBooks network: front-end customizable WordPress, back-end book production on PressBooks… with the PressBooks books hooking right into the front-end catalog. We

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Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto – Available Everywhere

More than a year ago, I pitched a book idea first to Brian O’Leary (who became the co-editor), and then to Joe Wikert at O’Reilly Media. It was indeed a “book idea” in every sense of the word(s), and I am thrilled to announce that the “final” product is available today. “Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto”

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Why Your Book Might Not Sell Well (in the Kindle Store)

I just had an exchange with a PressBooks user, who wondered why their book is not selling well in the Kindle store, which, I imagine, is a common question for authors. I answered: imagine that your book is in a bookstore imagine that bookstore makes it very easy for readers to find a book if

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PressBooks August News: new designs, pricing, distribution, import from WordPress, CSS improvements, and Book!

 Dear PressBookers, Happy August to you all. Here are some quick announcements from PressBooks Worldwide Headquarters, including the following: 1. New front page 2. New webbook / readview designs 3. Pricing announced 4. Distribution (to Kindle, Nook, iBooks etc) 5. Import from WordPress 6. Improved CSS 7. Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto Part 3 – unofficial

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Including a PDF in an EPUB

I got a request from a PressBooks user, who asked the following: my plan is to burn the epub file with a reader on a CD and have direct links to some pdf files in my CD as well. how do i link them? I misinterpreted what the user wanted, and *thought* the question was:

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Pressbooks at TEDx Montreal

Here is me talking about the blurring lines between books & the internet at TEDx Montreal: This is the animated version of my chapter in Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto.