SPOTLIGHT: Digital Innovators’ Summit 2017

Digital media moves at an incredible pace. New platforms and business models are emerging all the time. Sometimes it is hard keeping up with the speed of all the changes.

That’s why Digital Innovators’ Summit (DIS), held in Berlin on 19-21 March, is a must for anyone in the media industry. It is the place to hear about the future of media and technology directly from the innovators who are driving change.

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So to bring you closer to the spotlight, and explain more about the event and its merits, we interviewed Cobus Heyl, the Chief Content Officer and Marketing Manager at FIPP, one of the main organizers of DIS. You should also check out our list of top publishing events in 2017. Continue Reading

25 Workshops & Retreats for Writers in 2017

If it’s proving hard to chip away at the good old writer’s block, then you’ll be glad to know there’s something you can do about it. And not just any old solution either.

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Writer’s retreats and workshops are the perfect way to unblock your creative juices, get them flowing again, and getting your pen (or keyboard!) loose again. With leading authors and agents in attendance, you’ll get to ask the right questions and hear the answers you need for your latest literary work.

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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

21+ Awesome Tips for Successful Ebook Marketing [Infographic]

Since more and more businesses today are making use of ebooks to market their products and services, the competition in this niche has become stiff. Everyone is creating ebooks. But not everyone is knowing about them. To make your ebook visible and standing out from the rest, you need to effectively promote it to your target market. And to do that, you need to make sure that you have a strong marketing strategy. This strategy can come as early as prior to creating the ebook itself.  And that is the real challenge.

This infographic (courtesy of Bigrock Coupon) comprises of 21+ actionable tips that can help you market your ebook early on. Continue Reading