The Future of the book conference (Auckland, 24-25 June 2009) was deeply satisfying for me. It answered all my burning questions about jumping into the ebook arena. Like:
- Why am I confused? Because there's a major announcement every week about the ebook explosion, doh! so it's confusing.
- Could I be locked in to a proprietary ebook system and never escape? No no no no no. But do start with XML.
- Are there do-or-die, irrevocable choices to be made here? No, Milady Author, you can have it all. But some paths are less knobbly than others.
1. Buy iPhone OS3 in July, or the new Apple device if it truly is born in July.
Let it change my lifestyle.
2. Check contracts: do I have electronic rights (or all rights) for my back list of books? If not, get them. (List of publications to check off...)
3. Compile a poetry collection for iPhone â€‘- but nothing rude or sexual!
4. Tidy the manuscripts:
- no page breaks
- simplify pre-pages
- Re-do all screenshots in Write me a web page Elsie! High res., colour.
5. Get new ISBN numbers for electronic version of the books.
6. Get manuscripts converted:
- convert to XHTML
- convert to e-pub
- For Kindle, convert to AZW (last on the list)
- DRM (digital rights management, i.e. preventing theft) e.g. Adobe ADEPT
- Zinio.com for Write me a web page, Elsie! because of screenshots
6. Research channels ($%, rights, format) and send to all channels.
- Iphone â€“ App Store â€“ Legend? Stanza?
- nz stores, libraries
- 1000 great NZ e-books
- ebook warehouses, and lots of others.
7. Carry on marketing for years!