Article Category - "Editorial"


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David K. Ream , August 2014
The Case for E-book Indexes »

For centuries, printed books have included indexes to give readers easy access to particular aspects of their contents. But since the beginning of the digital age, many content providers have considered indexes extraneous, even though indexes offer users a higher degree of success than search functions in finding information; at least one study has shown …

Peter Goodman, June 2014
The Museum of Publishing Past: Examining the Hand Tools of Not-So-Long-Ago »

As a book editor of a certain age, I have license to grouse about the decline of civilization. Many things are worse today than they were when I commuted to work on the wings of a pterodactyl. Yes, electric trains are faster than dinosaurs, and word processors, email, digital scans, and computer-to-plate printing technology have …

Linda Carlson, May 2014
Thirty-Five Years of Serving a Targeted Market: DawnSign’s Success Story »

Linda Carlson writes for IBPA’s Independent magazine from Seattle. She can be reached at linda@ibpa-online.org. Like the people who left home to build America, the 22 employees at DawnSignPress think of themselves as pioneers, always seeking new ways to deliver content. Appropriately, their informal motto is “Think big, start small.” Founder Joe Dannis attributes that …

Linda Carlson, March 2014
Bringing Books Back, Part 3: A Guide to the Learning Curve »

Bringing Books Back, Part 3: A Guide to the Learning Curve March 2014 by Linda Carlson Whether you wrote the book or someone else did, reissuing a title that another publisher has let go out of print may sound like a way to short-circuit much of the work of acquisition, editing, and design—and possibly even …

Linda Carlson, February 2014
Bringing Books Back, Part 2: When Authors Want to Republish »

February 2014 by Linda Carlson Authors Acquiring Rights As you know from Part 1 of this series (January), some IBPA members have created perennial bestsellers from titles that had languished with their original publishers, having met the challenges of acquiring rights from companies that are still active, acquiring rights held by companies that closed long …

Linda Nix, February 2014
The Editor’s Job in the Digital Age »

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2014 by Linda Nix, Founder, Golden Orb Creative — Although e-books are no longer the novelty they were only three years ago, the publishing industry is still experiencing massive disruption from the effects of the digital revolution. Considering three different aspects of today’s publishing landscape, I arrive at one conclusion: The role of …

Kristen Eckstein, January 2014
5 Ways to Repurpose Your Book Content for More Exposure and More Sales »

Kristen Eckstein is an author and award-winning international speaker who has started 50 publishing companies and published 160 books and e-books. The founder of the “I Am Published!” Ghost Publishing program, the Self-Publish On Demand training program, and the 21 Ways book series, she reports that she embarked on writing and publishing a new Kindle book every …

Linda Carlson, January 2014
Bringing Books Back, Part 1: IBPA Members Report on Getting Rights to Previously Published Titles »

January 2014 by Linda Carlson Being able to get books ready for release without the expenses of editing, copy editing, and design—and sometimes without any investment in printing—is among the reasons that many authors and new publishers are reissuing out-of-print titles. The number of quality titles being abandoned by larger publishers, the creative and continuing …

Bill Boik, December 2013
From the Written Word to the Spoken Word: Our Audiobook Journey »

From the Written Word to the Spoken Word: Our Audiobook Journey December 2013 by Bill Boik As I started to write this article, we were preparing to release our first audiobook through Audible.com. We had not planned to release an audiobook this year, but then Lorraine Lotzof Abramson, the author of our bestseller—My Race: A Jewish …

Natalie Schwartz, November 2009
Editing Essentials »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2009 by Natalie Schwartz — When I walk into my den, I immediately notice the sweatshirt slung over the chair, the magazines sprawled on the coffee table, the errant socks on the floor. My beloved husband and children, who created the disorder, fail to notice it. But I feel compelled to eliminate the …

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