Design Challenge 5: What to Think about BEFORE Setting up a Publishing Company, Part 1

Submitted by jao on Sun, 04/03/2016 - 08:47

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.

3/31/16 Development Team Project Log

Submitted by kms on Thu, 03/31/2016 - 22:20

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)

Chicago Style

Include tags


4 Potential Topic Areas:

BISAC Subject Codes

Submitted by keo on Thu, 03/31/2016 - 20:40

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.

Employer Identification Numbers

Submitted by keo on Thu, 03/31/2016 - 20:13

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

The Business of Book Publishing: The Cost of IBook Publishing

Submitted by gcarana on Thu, 03/31/2016 - 19:44

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.

Week 12

Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/31/2016 - 17:28

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.

In-Class Activities

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.

Design Challenge 5: Publishing and the Library of Congress

Submitted by jvb on Wed, 03/30/2016 - 20:03

The Library of Congress website is the best place to learn more about its Cataloging in Publication and Preassigned Control Number programs.

If you want to sell your book to libraries, you'll likely need help from the United States Library of Congress (LOC).

Best Practices for Accessibility in Publishing

Submitted by Belle on Wed, 03/30/2016 - 18:28

Making your books accessible for people with differing abilities is good for 3 reasons:

  1. It's the most ethical choice. By creating inaccessible material, you exclude and disrespect people.
  2. In some cases, it is the only legal choice. Check the requirements in your state/country/industry.
  3. It's a good marketing choice. Making your book accessible creates a larger possible reading population.