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From URL to ISBN: Making Books from Blogs

Presentation from WordCamp Portland 2013 | What it takes to move from a blog to a book and why the difference between the two matters
by Christina Elmore on 14 August 2013

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Transcript of From URL to ISBN: Making Books from Blogs

content guide
marketing tips
treatise
blogs vs. books
the making
the future
BLOGS vs BOOKS
From URL to ISBN
Making Books from Blogs
Christina Elmore
HTML + CSS + XML = EBOOK

+
digital rights management
proprietary formats
Matthew Butterick
Get it out of WordPress.
Analyze and outline.
Not everything makes the cut.

Get it into Microsoft Word.
Use styles for clean formatting.
Edit.
Edit.
Edit.

Make it book better.
Structure
Voice
Tone


Check.
Check again.
Formatting
Links
Images
Typos
Tables
Answer the where.
Amazon?
Birthday gift for your aunt?
Selling on your site?
Giving it away?
iBookstore?

Answer the what.
Ebook
Ebook + print book
Print book only
Ebook + free PDF



DIY EBOOK
PRESSBOOKS
pressbooks.com
open-source plugin
hosted option
for WordPress
book content management
Requires fresh install of WP Multi-Site
Makes major changes to:
admin interface
web presentation layer
export routines
EPUB
AZW
DIY BOOK
+
zip-based container
FORMAT TOUR
FORMAT TOUR
Same as MOBI
(just a different DRM)
Kindle
International standards (IDPF)
Everything
except Kindle
Package it into EPUB.
Or export to HTML and upload to Amazon.
Set up your
book in InDesign.
Import from Microsoft Word.
Works best with all those styles.
Fix.
Replace.
Polish.


Special characters
Images
Fonts
Table of contents


Export.
EPUB
PDF for print

DIY PRINT BOOK
Submit PDF to printer.
This is a design task.
Which requires some design skills.

Two documents: print and ebook.

Print-on-demand services:
Lightning Source
CreateSpace

And when I say book, I don’t mean the shit­ty thing that Amazon sells on your Kindle. I just mean this idea—this place in our cul­ture where
deep think­ing
can happen. Where a writer can do this think­ing that you can’t do in 140 char­ac­ters, or even 140 blog posts.
References
Paintings by Kimberly Trowbridge
http://kimberlytrowbridge.com/
Quote from Matthew Butterick
http://unitscale.com/mb/bomb-in-the-garden/
Pressbooks
http://pressbooks.com/
Book: A Futurist's Manifesto
http://book.pressbooks.com/
How much?
Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur: How to Publish a Book by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch
http://apethebook.com/
THE MAKING
THE MAKING
THE FUTURE
@elchristina
THE FUTURE
BOOKS = WEB
APIs
“It was obvious that the world needed a great, and easy to use, web-based book creation tool — one that could do print and ebooks (which every author and publisher needs right now), but that would be future-proofed by
building books right into the fabric of the web
from the start.”
Hugh McGuire
timely
timeless
100,000 new blogs
per day
1.5 million new books
per year
chronological
narrative
late twenties
height of adolescence
Quote from Hugh McGuire
http://techcrunch.com/2013/02/28/pressbooks-goes-open-source-to-let-authors-create-book-sites-in-seconds/
Book Cover Archive
http://bookcoverarchive.com/
Feed Me Subtitles: 100 Foreign Films in 100 Days
http://www.feedmesubtitles.com
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