transcending commercial publishing

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…

equal rights for books and ebooks

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

e-reader-libraries-need-some-serious love

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…

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…