David Hoobler is both the author and illustrator of the Zonk the Dreaming Tortoise series. In the post below he shares his experience creating read aloud ebook versions of his children’s books.
Recording studios and mixing boards meant nothing to me a year ago. To me these are the realm of Rock and Rollers and Super Stars. That was then, before I decided to record my books. Is book narration a DIY proposal? It’s not that easy, in fact it’s very hard work. Continue reading →
Metadata is very important when it comes to categorizing and even marketing and finding readers for a book. Now that EPUB3 is around, authors/publishers can add really granular data to ebooks, which can help define target audiences, among other things. Continue reading →
If you are a self-published author or someone looking to do e-book conversions, it can feel daunting at first because there are so many different formats to worry about. The two main formats, however, are EPUB and Kindle’s proprietary format. EPUB can be used and read on Apple, Nook, Kobo, Sony, Google, and more devices, and Kindle’s format can only be read on Kindle devices. Here’s a breakdown of the EPUB and Kindle formats and what that means for developers and publishers: Continue reading →
Cinderella by Charles Perrault, Stanislav Ustymenko
Cinderella – World-famous fairy tale accompanied by questions.
During the reading children are constantly interacting with the characters of the fairy tale, so they need to answer a small educational question to move to each next page. This turns reading into an exciting and entertaining process supporting comprehensive development of the child.
Per request, I’m posting snippets of code to use to enable read aloud functionality on an iPad. You usually do this for children’s books in EPUB3. Above is a sample of the SMIL file you will need to include. Remember to make a SMIL file for each “page.” And don’t forget to add it to your OPF! Below is a sample of the extra code to include in the HTML file. You will also need your audio file (use Audacity to easily create labels for the SMIL files). Good luck!
Great post by Peter Brantley on Publisher’s Weekly about the effect of the popularity of the new Google tablet, Nexus 7. Basically, he points out that Google is a company that endorses EPUB3 and open standards for e-books, such as with metadata, and if the Nexus 7 becomes a bigger player in the e-reading market, this would mean publishers could change their strategies regarding e-book sales. Continue reading →
Today I attended part two of the Understanding EPUB 3 webcast series, called Working with EPUB 3 : How EPUB 3.0 Will Affect Your Workflow. Read about the first webcast here.
Ron Severdia, the CTO of Metrodigi, was the guest speaker. Metrodigi is a conversion house that has been around for two years, located in the San Francisco Bay Area. The company focuses on highly-designed and very interactive ebooks. Clients include Time, Salesforce.com, Apple, and Triumph.
Metrodigi uses the tool Chaucer, an ebook conversion software that converts InDesign, Quark, PDF, and other source files to epub, KF8 and B&N ebooks. At some point the company plans to license this tool to other businesses. Continue reading →