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Adding Google Fonts to your EPUB

Google Fonts is probably the most popular free font library available today, giving you a selection of more than 800 font families to choose from. Although most ebook readers force the option of changing the font type, to provide user comfort and convenience, some readers don’t. As the author, you may want to use your own selected fonts as headings in the ebook, or even for the whole body of text.

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Theoretically, fonts can be embedded inside your EPUB, or accessed remotely from Google’s servers. In the real world, every reader has its own policies and rules, prohibiting certain stuff. The EPUB standard however, permits loading fonts online and applying them in the chapter. The EPUB specification leaves little room for ambiguity on this topic. Continue Reading

Ebook DRM & Security: What is it and How it Works

Copyright and intellectual property protection has become a hot topic as our lives are lived ever increasingly online. The internet is a godsend for authors to get their work published and read, but it could also be a nightmare. Digital Rights Management (DRM) provides a form of digital content protection, set out by booksellers, in addition to traditional copyright laws to keep your intellectual rights intact.

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22 Publishing Events Not to Miss in 2017

Publishing has opened up to more people since the rise of digital media. Having said that, traditional publishing is still going strong, with sales of hard books remaining healthy. So whether you’re self-publishing or following traditional means, this detailed infographic is a must read for you!

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Below is a list of the best and most important publishing events this coming year. They won’t just give you key insights into the latest industry trends. You’ll also find:

⦁ The best networking opportunities with fellow writers, publishers and industry leaders.

⦁ The best advice from literary stars.

⦁ Pitching to agents.

⦁ Live readings, exhibits, contests, cultural events.

⦁ Even a bit of cheeky self-promotion for your work, without the expense of a booth!

It’s time to take your pick of festivals celebrating literature, conferences, meetings and major literary prizes in 2017.

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The Complete International Book Fairs Calendar for 2017

A new year means a new excuse to devour a fresh pile of books! In the following 12 months, there’s plenty of opportunities to walk along shelves piled high with books.  This year’s book fairs and exhibitions are waiting for you to find the latest literary gems and lighten your wallet.

An infographic of all the book fairs in 2017

No matter what you seek and what you love, you’ll find unmissable opportunities in all the various aspects of the literary universe:

  • New and upcoming trends
  • Digital publishing and eBooks
  • Crucial discussions and workshops
  • Book signings by world-famed authors
  • Keynote speakers from around the world
  • Antique books
  • Niche literature (Haiku, Indie, comics, etc.)

Here’s just a taster of this year’s top options for book fairs around the world. Are you ready to dive into our list?

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5 ways to promote your book in Christmas

Christmas is around the corner and it comes accompanied by the biggest sales of the year. Books especially, are sold at large; both hard copies and ebooks. You can never really put an ebook under the tree. Nonetheless, it is still purchased for Christmas through the different online stores. If you are a published author, you should make the best of this high book-picking season and start promoting your book before Dec 25th.

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According to book marketing expert Heather Hart from Training Authors, Kindles are mostly sold in Christmas. So why would people pick your book over another? In this article we will list 5 practical ideas you can start applying to promote your book for Christmas. Remember, time is of the essence! Continue Reading

How to read 7 books in 7 days

There is too much to read, too little time. With the rise of ebooks, you have a library in the palm of your hand. As a result, many unfinished books are the product of time management and the lack thereof. There is nothing more frustrating than an unfinished book. And chances are if you do not finish a book within the first couple of days (or weeks at most), you will never finish it.

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Basically, there will never be a set of rules which you follow to magically finish a book in a day. After all, the choice is yours. In a single week you can either read seven books or lose seven days trying. Like me, I’m sure you’re not a great fan of wasting time. That’s why there are certain techniques worth knowing to help you manage your reading time more coherently. This is what this article is about. These techniques can be divided into two subsequent parts: pre-reading and reading. Continue Reading

EPUB Navigation Peculiarities

In ebook technology, ease of navigation and reach for any piece of information is extremely important. The EPUB standard defines multiple ways to structure navigation of an ebook: sequentially, in a single path, or selectively, picking whatever to read from the Table of Contents. But along with this structure, may come peculiarities that are rather confusing. Especially for an ebook authoring software company like us spending days inside the belly of the beast, it is important to give users friendly tools to set their chapter navigation preferences, with a clear bright picture of what they’re doing and expecting. Not knowing that behind the curtains, things are not very glamorous. Don’t get me started on what we’ve been through.

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In this article I’d like to share the navigation possibilities in the EPUB standard, along with peculiar cases, both from an  end-user’s perspective and from a technical perspective.  Continue Reading

Publishing corporate ebooks with Payfort [Case Study]

Payfort is the leading online payment provider in the Middle East. With giant customers throughout diverse industries, you can say they have a pretty good overview of how things are trending with payments across the region. Luckily, they share this information publicly through their annual State of Payments report. With how things are advancing with interactive ebooks, this year Payfort decided to extend their reach by publishing interactive ebooks, in collaboration with Kotobee as their Digital Publishing Partner. We’ve had the opportunity to conduct this interview with Nardeen Abdalla, Marketing Director of Payfort, to learn more.

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State of Payments is our annual report. We usually publish it around the end of Q2 every year. This is our 3rd year. It started with a simple idea: give data, trends and useful information to companies to be able to grow their business. In the report we try to serve all company sizes starting from startups to enterprises. We target 7 countries (UAE, KSA, Egypt, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon, and Qatar) in both Arabic and English languages. The report is divided into four sections: Continue Reading

Animation techniques for ebooks

While many may argue about the relevance of rich media in ebooks, it is without question that animations of any sort are more appealing to readers than static imagery. The idea of creating animations can be intimidating for authors. It’s not about the results – it’s about what’s required to make it happen. It can get ugly. Or worse: expensive.animations

In our journey of developing interactive ebooks for others, we have realised the power of animations and leveraged it in multiple ebooks. Such a very minor addition to an image can really give a huge impact to your ebook, and make it stand out from the rest without question.

The real challenge is finding an efficient and easy way to produce animations. In this article we will have some background on animation technologies in ebooks, and then look at a number of relatively easy to produce animation techniques with clear examples. Continue Reading

EPUB and SCORM: A healthy affair?

They are both the most popular ingredients of elearning. For some reason, they were just not made for each other. In education, ebooks are an essential component for delivering knowledge to students, remotely and interactively. SCORM on the other hand, is the popular standard for web-based elearning, with sharable content objects (SCO) at its heart. SCORM allows for communication between the LMS and the e-learning content, which leads to the primary advantage of tracking user activity and reporting progress.

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I am surprised how most LMS’s do not have built-in support for EPUB. Take Moodle for example. You can add a Book Resource, which allows you to manually enter book content chapter by chapter. Despite the existence of an external EPUB import add-on, I find it disappointing not to have EPUB as a supported resource at the core of the LMS. Some academic organizations prefer to have their ebooks delivered through a separate portal. Nevertheless, EPUB support in an LMS is crucial.

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