e-book publishing

Does buying eBooks mean we must sell our soul to Big Brother?

Akasha epub logoDoes buying an electronic book make you into a pawn of big brother, who knows your every book purchase, can delete any book you purchase on a whim, and can change what the books say at any time? A few years ago Richard Stallman (the famous open source advocate) wrote essentially that warning against electronic books.

Interesting conversation on the future of publishing in by Mark Glaser, MediaShift on 5across

Printed books have been with us since the time of the Pharoah's, and our friend Gutenberg made it practical to publish printed books in large quantity.  Despite the coming of electrification of "media" printed books are still widely sold and used, and there are bookstore chains around the world still selling printed books.  But will this always be the case?

Spamazon? Spammers filling electronic book marketplaces with junk?

A recent article by a Salon.com co-founder Laura Miller about the proliferation of cheap junky books in the Kindle marketplace. She's blaming spammers doing algorithmic manipulation of texts to spin off low quality books and in some individuals have posted thousands of books on Kindle. The fear is that the Kindle marketplace will be so full of junkyness that Kindle customers will be unable to find useful books and be turned off by the whole idea of purchasing electronic books instantly delivered wirelessly to a portable device.

Pandoc: a universal document converter, ePub creator, etc

Pandoc is called "a universal document converter". It "can read markdown and (subsets of) reStructuredText, textile, HTML, and LaTeX" and it "can write plain text, markdown, reStructuredText, HTML, LaTeX, ConTeXt, PDF, RTF, DocBook XML, OpenDocument XML, ODT, GNU Texinfo, MediaWiki markup, textile, groff man pages, Emacs org-mode, EPUB ebooks, and S5 and Slidy HTML slide shows". This makes it feasible as a universal document restructurer that could feasibly serve as a key segment in publishing electronic books.

Lulu makes it easy to publish e-books and printed books

I've been looking at e-book publishing and am turning my attention to lulu.com. They've been in business quite awhile and the first I'd heard of them was as a service to help authors put together print books for sale through amazon.com. However they've grown quite a bit and for example now sell books directly on their own website.

Their publisher services include all sorts of printed books, e-books, photo books, calendars, CD's, DVD's, Cookbooks, Poetry, yearbooks, etc.

Writing books for iPad's iBook application

I've been eyeing methods for publishing books online. It seems that the new media landscape has opened up the possibility to cut out the middlemen of publishing, the traditional book publishers, and sell/interact more directly with your audience. There are several services for selling electronic books, one of which is the iBook app on the iPad (and iPhone). While it's not as popular as the Kindle, Apple's book marketplace is pretty large with plenty of books from plenty of publishers. Oh, and from small time writers like me.