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Transcending Commercial Publishing

  There are two subjects in the field of ebooks that I really enjoy reading and writing about. These subjects get me all excited and passionate. I’m talking about market reports about ebook sales and discussions about innovation in the ebook market. It is worth noting though that ebooks and the ebook market are not…

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Making life easier for everybody in the ebook world

  When I set out to create an EPUB creation tool I talked to a seasoned EPUB editor and he told me that my idea wouldn’t work. EPUB 3 is too complex, support is bad, you need all kinds of CSS hacks too get it right. The point is that reading systems do not have full…

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Bitbooks revisited. The first steps towards blockchained ebooks.

  In december I wrote an article about the future of ebooks under the title “Bitbooks, Should ebooks be a bit more like Bitcoin?” So somehow we need an open standard and open platforms and an open system of rights management. Not the rights management we know, but a simple user-friendly system to transfer ownership to…

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Equal rights for books and ebooks

  A couple of weeks ago there was this news item from Germany that a new German law makes ebooks fall under the fixed book price law. The strange thing about this news is that ebooks are considered books in this law and on the other hand they’re considered software and thus they do not…

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Let poetry flow until it breaks

  I can’t get my first love out of my head. Poetry, it was everything to me. I have a large bookcase filled with poetry and for years I myself scribbled down nothing but poetry. I still enjoy poetry very much, but now that I’m fully into the ebook business I’ve been plagued by this…

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Beware of termites! A new look at the advantages of ebooks.

  A lot has been written about paper vs digital. I thought I had seen all arguments, but yesterday I read an article that made me laugh because it presented a list of advantages of reading on Kindle that I hadn’t thought of before. The list appeared in the Times of India and mostly included…

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One EPUB to rule them all

  To me there is only one ebook format, EPUB. But as everybody knows, the ten tonne elephant in the room, Amazon, doesn’t support EPUB. Amazon created it’s own formats. I passionately believe in open standards and I think it is of the utmost importance that an open standard like EPUB becomes the de facto…

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Ebooks are a global phenomenon. Welcome Burkina Faso.

  One of the joys of having an app in an app store is that you can track from day to day how well you’re doing. I’m quite satisfied with how Eboocz has been doing it’s first month online and every day I log on with great expectations to see how Eboocz fared the day…

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Download our FREE ebook! About the rise of ebook content marketing.

  When thinking of ebooks most people think of literature, fiction to be precise, either published by publishers or self-publishers. But increasingly I notice that companies are using ebooks as a content marketing tool. The slogan Download our FREE ebook has a magic lure similar to someone shouting into a crowd of kids that there is…

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EPUB 3.1 – Bringing Ebooks in Line with the Open Web Platform

  Eboocz is all about the EPUB ebook standard and on Monday the IDPF, the organization responsible for EPUB, published the first editor’s draft of the new EPUB 3.1 specification. To most people in the world that’s not big news, but I myself can’t help to be a little excited. Eboocz supports the EPUB 3.01…

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Vive la France – Eboocz version 1.3

  I’m very pleased to present to you Eboocz version 1.3 and Noisette, the 1914 winner of the French Bulldog Specialty Show in New York. Eboocz version 1.3 brings French localization. I noticed particularly many fans in France, so this one’s for you. I’m looking into other localizations, but haven’t decided yet on which language to…

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Discoverability of ebooks is a gimmick and not a game changer

  In the ebook world a lot of attention is going to a new hype, discoverability. There are a lot of ebook startups concentrating on finding interesting books for you and the publishing industry seems to be very happy with this trend. I have always ignored this trend, because I don’t feel the need for…

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About the lowest common denominator

  Style in ebooks is a difficult thing and it has to do with the fact that electronic reading software, wether it’s on smartphones, tablets or e-ink devices, is not very good at following standards. Others would say it has to do with the fact that those standards are no good, or that there are…

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Why I don’t mind the single biggest problem with ebooks

  It is January, but I want you to think back to Christmas and have look in your mind at all those wonderfully wrapped gifts under the Christmas tree and the excited feeling of wonder what they all could be. Receiving a gift and not knowing what it is, unwrapping the gift and then seeing…

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About the loss of pretentiousness

  Last week an article by Michael Hyatt caught my attention. It was about why he was abandoning ebooks for now and returning to paper books. I thought it was a very interesting article because it addressed the shortcomings of the ebook reading experience. To me it is clear there are shortcomings and certain aspects…

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Social Reading is a Contradiction in Terms

In the ebook world the term Social Reading is all the rage these days. Social reading makes reading fun again, productive and social. At least that’s what social reading platforms keep telling us. But is this true? And what do they mean by social? If there is one activity that is by it’s nature completely…

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Annotations in Eboocz

  When writing I’m always thinking of all kinds of issues I need to sort out before finishing a certain chapter or scene. I need to check on a description of some place, I want to edit the scene another time, but don’t want to forget about certain aspects that I think need change, etc.…

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Eboocz Newsletter

  For weeks now I’ve spent writing on my blog about Eboocz features, about my thoughts on ebooks and reading ebooks and all kinds of ebook related developments. I’ve seen that I have already developed a small group of followers and so I thought it is time to introduce an Eboocz newsletter, for those of…

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Eboocz Version 1.2

  I made some small changes like expanding the Markdown cheatsheet and fixed a couple of bugs. Nothing earth-shattering, but still worth a new minor release. Eboocz version 1.2. Yay! Big software corporations like Apple and Google always name their releases. I’ve been thinking about that and I was first thinking of naming them after…

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Six considerations whether to buy paper or ebooks

  In one of my first posts on this blog I wrote about my love for ebooks. Back then I already said that I love both, paper books and ebooks. There’s room for both. But it is interesting to think about how these two worlds will transform in coming years and I believe they will…

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About the joy of keyboard shortcuts

  Keyboard shortcuts are the most underrated element of software. Most times you start using a piece of software and only after a while you start noticing all the keyboard shortcuts in the menu. Sometimes you start using some of them without giving it much thought, but you ignore and forget about all other shortcuts.…

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E-reader libraries need some serious love

  Take look at your bookcase. The one with paper books in it. And then look at your Library in iBooks, Kobo or Kindle. The first difference you’ll notice is the orientation of your books. Can you imagine the bookcase in your home with only five or six books on each shelf facing you with its…

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A short musing about Writing Statistics

  As a writer I have a love/hate relationship with writing statistics. On the one hand I’m always curious to see how much I have written at the end of the day and I understand that for certain writing jobs you have a target. You need to write a certain amount of words to get…

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Begin the New Year in Style

  Ebooks are built on web technology. One of the principles of modern web technology is the separation of form and content. You take some basic text, put it into html and then add some css styling to make it pretty. In Eboocz you type your text in a very simple text editor. With the…

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Happy New Year 2016

It’s 2016. Eboocz wishes you a Happy New Ebook Year! Read more! Write more! Create more ebooks! This year I will try to make Eboocz even better. To do this I need your help. I would highly appreciate your feedback, since that is the best way for me to judge where I should concentrate my efforts…

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The Fall of PDF and the Rise of ePub

  When PDF was king The last twenty years PDF was king when it came to sharing documents. But in a time where small screens are everywhere PDF just doesn’t cut it anymore. PDF was made for sharing documents and enable everybody to print a document from every platform and get the same result every…

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The Dark Side is Strong

You have to choose! Will it be Light, or do you choose the Dark Side. Yes, I saw the new Star Wars movie, the Force Awakens, this weekend and I liked it. One of the things I noticed is that again the Dark Side looks way better than the good guys. Ok, I liked the good…

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Eboocz wishes you happy ebook holidays!

To me Christmas is the time to get together with family and friends, to cook lavish meals, talk a lot about books, how life is treating us and to look forward to next year. What are our plans? What do you want to read? What do you want to write? Christmas is also time to…

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Just in time for Xmas. Version 1.1. Willkommen bei Eboocz!

Development of Eboocz is pressing on. Just in time for Christmas I present to you version 1.1. In this version we fixed some small bugs, tweaked the user interface here and there and I added a German localization. Willkommen bei Eboocz! From all those users out there I’d like to hear about your first week with…

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Bitbooks. Should ebooks be a bit more like Bitcoin?

As much as I like ebooks, I am not an ebook evangelist. Evangelists think they’ve seen the light and an ability for critical thinking is usually not one of their traits. I love ebooks, but I think they can be compared to that Benz Victoria Vis-a-vis of my great—great-grandfather. The ebook era has just begun…

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Eboocz price experiment. Step 1. Raise price to 99 Cents.

Two weeks ago Eboocz came out of hiding and marched onto the ebook scene. As a complete newbie, a nobody in the ebook world, I started with a price experiment by giving it away for free so early adopters could get their hands on it and start writing ebooks. Now, two weeks later, Eboocz has…

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8 Fashion Tips for Knights in Shining Armor

  It’s Friday and after a week of hard work you need some decent tips for how to dress up for that cool ebook party tomorrow. You want something original, something new, something to impress your friends. So why not read some knightly fashion tips and dress like a knight in shining armor? Fashion always returns…

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Distraction-free writing in Eboocz

  Writing is hard. Focus is everything. Distraction is a killer of creativity. At least it is for me. That’s why I’ve been a huge fan of writing tools that hide all the unnecessary toolbars and buttons and give me just a serene background and a column of text. That’s what Eboocz is. It hides…

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Guilty pleasure: Eboocz Ebook Preview Button

  Every writer, even those who enjoy distraction-free writing environments, can’t break free from one powerful distraction, the end result. I myself read and re-read my texts time and again. I want to get the feeling of reading my story as if I was reading it for the first time. A pointless exercise of course,…

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Ebook Image Resampling with Eboocz

    In the category nifty little features falls Eboocz’ Image Resampling feature. These days there are a lot of different devices you can read your ebooks on. Personally I read on everything I’ve got with me; my laptop, my tablet, my smartphone and my e-reader. It all depends on where I am. At home…

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iCloud or local storage in Eboocz

  When you open Eboocz for the first time you need to decide where you want to store your ebooks? On iCloud or local? You can always change your preference in the Preferences screen, but it is an important decision that you should consider for a minute. iCloud has a couple of benefits. You can work on…

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Ebook Cover Images and Eboocz

  Cover Story Just like with paper books an ebook grabs your attention with a good cover image. It’s the first thing you see in the ebookstore and the first thing you see when you open your ereader library. But when you open an ebook for the first time I noticed a strange thing with…

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Ebook Annotations and Eboocz

  I’m a big fan of ebook annotations. Right now, when you’re reading an ebook, the annotations are part of the Kindle, Kobo or iBooks reading system and I enjoy highlighting sections and adding comments. When I go back to an ebook I can quickly scan through all highlights and comments, much quicker than with…

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