According to Dave Chesson (an entrepreneur specializing in marketing e-books)'s blog post entitled, “How to Start a Book Publishing Company,” there are several important considerations that you will want to have decided before you actually go through the process of setting up your very own publishing company.
Stylesheet to reference when revising your four articles:
Approximate image sizes for articles in "Chirp" theme: 344 x 227 pixels (So try to ensure that your image has these approximate dimensions.)
Maximum of two images per post, each captioned
At least one screen shot
Length of article: approx. 150-250 words (if it's longer than than, you can split your article into multiple topics)
4 Potential Topic Areas:
If you're new to the publishing (or self-publishing) industry, your knee-jerk reaction to hearing BISAC might be gesundheit. But BISACs are more than a sneeze sound; BISAC is an acronym for Book Industry Standards and Communications, and BISAC codes are the publishing industry's nine-digit codes for categories into which books might fall.
One of the less glamorous aspects of publishing your own book is the tax side of the business. Depending on how you handle the publication and sale of your book(s), you might find yourself in need of an Employer Identification Number (commonly called an EIN on tax forms). In fact, most businesses do need an EIN, which is why the IRS has placed the entire process, which is free, online here.
In a previous post, we looked at the cost of a publisher publishing his or her book through Amazon, through their Kindle App. Missed it? The full article can be seen here. As you probably know as a book publisher or author, though, there are many different e-book platforms through which you can sell your book. Each comes with their own cost, rules, and regulations. Aside from Amazon's Kindle platform, Apple's iBooks is another one of the biggest e-book publishers in the country.
Thursday, March 31
- Techne Challenge 6: The Business of Book Publishing (Part 2)
- You should have your Kindle/mobi file for the Individual Book Project ready for final inspection. You should have your iBook version ready for in-class inspection.
- When your ePub, mobi, and iBooks have been inspected and approved as ready for publication, please deposit them in the shared Creative Cloud folder. You should have three new folders when finished: Book Title ePub, Book Title mobi, Book Title iBook. In each of these subfolders, you should put 1) the newly packaged InDesign files, and 2) the corresponding .epub, .mobi, and .ibook and iBooks Author (.iba) files.
- Collaborative Book/Website Discussion
- Collaborative Book Project Team Meetings.
- Individual Book Project: Preparing InDesign Files for eBook Production (Kindle/Mobi production); begin iBook production also.
Resources for Kindle Production
Converting to Kindle Format and Kindle Previewer
Send to Kindle (for testing on a Kindle)
Fixes to ePub for the Kindle Format
Remove/Check TOC (links may not work)
Remove cover image from page 1 if used
Remove image logo at half book title (if any)
Check display of images on Kindle eReader and Kindle Viewer
iBook Production Tips
iBooks Author for Dummies
Thursday April 7 (No class; work on your own)
Thursday, April 14
- Complete all versions of your individual book project and have them ready for final inspection. You should have three new folders when finished: Book Title ePub, Book Title mobi, Book Title iBook. In each of these subfolders, you should put 1) the newly packaged InDesign files, and 2) the corresponding .epub, .mobi, and .ibook and iBooks Author (.iba) files.
- Complete revisions on at least four of your techne/design challenges and complete the Google form to provide information to the editorial team.
If you want to sell your book to libraries, you'll likely need help from the United States Library of Congress (LOC).
Making your books accessible for people with differing abilities is good for 3 reasons:
- It's the most ethical choice. By creating inaccessible material, you exclude and disrespect people.
- In some cases, it is the only legal choice. Check the requirements in your state/country/industry.
- It's a good marketing choice. Making your book accessible creates a larger possible reading population.