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After what feels like 732 years formatting my two ebooks – Sharing Superheroes and Marketing As You(r Customers) Like It, I need a nice stand up and a cup of tea. I suppose formatting ebooks would be a super tactic back in the old days for kids who knew they were going to be caned in a couple of days time – then standing up for a while afterwards wouldn’t feel like much of a hardship.
The words ringing round my head at the moment are “never again!”
And if I wasn’t such a hard-core geek, I probably wouldn’t have buried my head in code and regular expressions (seriously, does anyone actually want to read stuff like this?).
While I used Guido Henkel’s nine-part guide to formatting eBooks, I wouldn’t recommend anyone else try it if they have a book with a fair complement of web addresses inside since it was near-torturous with all the copying and pasting that needed to be done (on top of testing the hundreds of URLs to make sure they were still up-to-date and the like).
It’s the HLSBS one I kept saying in the show, but it’s actually HLS Publishing that takes care of getting your manuscript/Word document from here to a virtual bookshelf.
And once I’d knocked my customers’ socks off with a couple of eBooks I’d get straight on and create a simply mesmerising multimedia eBook with the folks at Vook.
Matt Cavnar is one of the head honchos at Vook and he joins me on Dave’s Digital Delights to talk about next-generation publishing that is literally in your face.
It’s a packed show so without further ado, let’s dive straight in!
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