“California Fiction” Writer Charise Olson, on Indie Authorship

Santa Cruz-based author Charise Olson writes contemporary “California fiction” including the upcoming “California Cocktails” series, and, under the pen name Leo Colson, the historical fiction series “The Roaring Redwoods.” She owns and publishes under the imprint Bon Temps Publishing. The indie author and publisher shared a few of her secrets with us. Under your pen

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This Month at Pressbooks: Deals, Helps and Inspiration

Trapped in a Polar Vortex? Look on the bright side. More time to write! And, of course, prepare to publish. Ideally with Pressbooks! Here’s what we’ve got for you this month: Deal! 30% off PDF Exports New Pricing for Ebook Exports Pressbooks Help: How to Make a Book Pressbooks Help Videos: New Tutorials User Profile:

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Create interior PDFs for Print on Demand

Australian self-publishing guru Emily Craven, of E-Book Revolution, has made a wonderful video that explains how she used Pressbooks to produce the PDFs she needed to get her book into a Print-on-Demand service, meaning that her books are not just available as ebooks, but as paper books too. Here is a video she produced, walking

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Book as URL (presentation at IDFP/Book Expo)

I was asked to present in the opening session of the IDPF conference at Book Expo as part of a panel: “The Evolving Digital Book: 4 Visionary Perspectives,” with Corey Pressman, Richard Nash and Craig Mod. The slides are below, and here is my proposal for the responsibilities of a publisher or author of a book:

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PressBooks Design Principles & Objectives

I gave a presentation yesterday, at the Berlin Publisher Forum, talking about the design principles behind PressBooks, and our objectives (see slides below). Three Design Principles underpinning PressBooks PressBooks should be easy for anyone to use (even me). Input text once / output in every format: EPUB, MOBI, WEB AND PRINT. The web will win

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Askmen’s Emma McKay on Ebook Analytics

Askmen, the online magazine for men, uses the PressBooks Publisher Platform as the production and management tool for their ebook publishing program. I sat down with Emma McKay, managing editor at Askmen and the force behind their foray into ebooks, to talk about what happens when an analytics-driven web publisher enters the ebook space. The

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Pressbooks Plugin Now Open Source

Free at last! The Pressbooks plugin is now free/open source software. We’ve been promising this for a while, and today it is a reality: PressBooks, the CMS for books, is released as a free software/open source plugin, under a GPL v2.0 license. Details DOWNLOAD: download the plugin from our download page. LICENSE: GPL v2.0. BUG

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APIs for Books: Article on O’Reilly Blog

I’ve got a long article up at O’Reilly, “A Publisher’s Job Is to Provide a Good API for Books.” The main premise is that building a good index for an ebook is the same thing as building a good API. If you add some more metadata to your index entries, you can make a great

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