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Karla Olson, June 2017
Even a Small Publisher Can Print Sustainably »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2017 by Karla Olson, Director, Patagonia Books As a small publisher, you have to depend on many in the industry for expertise and best practices on the myriad aspects of the publishing process. This can lead to a cacophony of opinions and advice at every stage, from good writing and professional editing to …

Alexa Schlosser, May 2017
Down and Dirty with Digital Publishing »

PUBLISHED MAY 2017 Compiled by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent Earlier this year, IBPA Independent polled the membership about their e-books. We were curious: Is Amazon still the dominant platform? Is there consensus on how much e-books should cost? How do you go about making an e-book special? We received many responses to the …

Deb Vanasse, June 2016
Breaking Out of the Box »

Editor’s Note: Last month, IBPA Independent reporter Deb Vanasse gave us “Updates from the Digital Frontier.” The topic was so vast, we couldn’t address everything in one installment. Part two of Vanasse’s May 2016 cover story continues the digital publishing dialogue, this time with a focus on format, containers, and the larger question of customer …

Thad McIlroy, June 2016
5 Digital Publishing Trends You Should Be Watching »

PUBLISHED JUNE 2016 by Thad McIlroy, author, Mobile Strategies for Digital Publishing 1. Innovation is still in its infancy E-book pricing is now starting to be understood, as authors and publishers seek the right balance between maximizing unit sales and maximizing profitability. E-book formatting has stalled at the intersection of EPUB and MOBI. The existing …

Karla Olson, May 2016
Digital Book World: Tales From the Front »

PUBLISHED MAY 2016 by Karla Olson, Director, Patagonia Books Digital Book World (DBW) is a fascinating juxtaposition of two business worlds, publishing and technology. These two worlds should have always been connected but have only recently aligned due to the e-book explosion. The main message of this year’s conference—which took place March 7–9, 2016, in …

Janice Schnell Butler, February 2015
Making the Most of Your Content »

I’ve had the pleasure of being part of the Ingram Content Group publisher services team for eight years. During this time, I’ve educated publishers about the business models and the benefits of print on demand (POD), and I’ve consulted with content creators from various industries on how to make the most of their content. Whether …

Linda Carlson, June 2014
POD Problem-Solving: Part 2 »

When I emailed IBPA members to ask about experiences with print-on-demand, and posted a similar query on industry LinkedIn sites, hundreds of you responded—with recommendations that make sense for all of us, whether we’re new to POD or new to all of publishing. Last month, the first part of this series discussed pre-press options and …

Linda Carlson, May 2014
POD Problem-Solving: Part 1 »

Linda Carlson writes for IBPA’s Independent magazine from Seattle, where she has just published Advertising with Small Budgets for Big Results using print-on-demand, and where she is at work on Part 2 of “POD Problem-Solving.” INTRODUCTION: When I emailed IBPA members to ask about experiences with print-on-demand and posted a similar query on selected LinkedIn …

Thomas Woll, April 2014
Keeping Production Costs Down »

Thomas Woll, the president of Cross River Publishing Consultants, Inc., has been a vice president and general manager at John Wiley & Sons, vice president and publisher at Storey Communications/Garden Way, and vice president and publisher of the Rodale Press book division. This article is derived from the new, fifth edition of his book Publishing for Profit: Successful Bottom-Line …

Lawrence Knorr, Dave Biesel, Dinah Sanders, Mark Givens, Bernadette Soehner, Newt Barrett, Ruth Donald, Jay Nadeau, and Chris Cornell, November 2013
What POD Can Do: Part 3 »

What POD Can Do, Part 3 The reports from IBPA members that you’ll read here reflect, and to some extent document, one of the biggest and most important publishing revolutions ever. Like members’ contributions to the first two parts of this series, this collection shows that stubborn financial barriers to book production have crumbled to …

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