Exploring interactive storytelling

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[Guest post by game designer and author Emily Short: see bio] Authors and publishers alike are beginning to think more about the interactive possibilities of fiction. The good news is that it’s not necessary to invent interactive storytelling from scratch. Computer games have been exploring this territory since the late 1970s; literary hypertext since the… Read more »

Updated list of DRM-free publishers

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I’ve examined all the listings in the DRM-free publishers index and: Categorized the publishers, broadly, by genre Indicated whether their ebooks are available as ePub Both tasks were surprisingly hard: many of these publishers accept works from a variety of genres, and of course there are multiple distribution channels selling a variety of formats with… Read more »

What I’d change about ePub

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Obviously I’m a fan of the ePub format. It’s flexible enough to support advanced publications, but a simple text ebook can be put together with minimal effort. But I don’t think it’s minimal enough. If I could go back in time and be involved with ePub and its predecessors, here are the choices I’d make:… Read more »

Practical ePub metadata: Authorship

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The ePub format allows for a fairly comprehensive set of book-friendly metadata, mostly drawn from the Dublin Core set of terms. Knowing what metadata to use and how it will appear in today’s and tomorrow’s readers is key; here are some recommendations: Authorship Two elements describe authorship of a work: dc:creator and dc:contributor. As you… Read more »

Threepress world tour ’09-10

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Here’s a roundup of upcoming talks at various publishing conferences: Digital Book World January 27, 2010 When digital books account for 10% or more of revenue, indifferent third-party conversions aren’t enough. I’ll be presenting a plenary session on taking ebook quality control to the next level. O’Reilly Tools of Change February 22-24, 2010 Networked, Mobile… Read more »