If you published a book before 2008, its ebook edition was probably created using optical character recognition (OCR). And if your ebook was created using OCR, it probably has typos in it. That’s the bad news.
The good news: you don’t have to accept this situation.
What’s special about the year 2008? Nothing, really. I just chose 2008 because the first Kindle came out in late 2007. So 2008 is the earliest year I can imagine a significant number of publishers adopting a single-source workflow: a workflow in which the ebook is created from the same files used to create the paper book.
For example, nowadays Adobe InDesign can create an ebook and a paper book (well, a PDF) from the same file. A single-source workflow avoids OCR and OCR-caused typos. It doesn’t avoid all problems, but it goes a long way toward making higher-quality ebooks.
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Company Snapshots: Bowker (DBW)
Bowker is the world’s leading provider of bibliographic information and management solutions designed to help publishers, authors and booksellers better serve their customers. Creators of products and services that make books easier for people to discover, evaluate, order and experience, Bowker is the official ISBN Agency for the United States and its territories and Australia.
International Publishing and the UK’s Vote for ‘Brexit’ (Pub Perspectives)
On such a wrenching day, we also learn of the directors of a dozen nations’ publishing trade fairs meeting in Guadalajara to share their experiences and expectations. Publishing, like humanity, remains internationally engaged.
More Barnes & Noble Fiscal Facts (Pub Lunch)
Barnes & Noble followed their headline fourth quarter press release with more extensive SEC filings by the end of the day on Thursday providing a number of additional details worth reviewing.
Looking to Future, B&N Puts Its Faith in Bricks and Mortar (PW)
In a two hour presentation to investors Thursday morning, Barnes & Noble executives made clear that the future of the company lies with its physical stores.
The State of Indie Audiobooks (PW)
For the second consecutive year, sales of audiobooks grew around 20 percent in 2015, totaling about $1.77 billion, according to the Audio Publishers Association (APA). The boom is due to the explosion of digital audio, which has made audiobooks more accessible.
Audiobooks for Indie Authors – Part Two (BookWorks)
The audio world is becoming increasingly indie-friendly. It is open to new titles, as demonstrated by the rapid expansion in recent years. Some books translate better than others to audio formats: Certain types of fiction (especially mysteries, romance, thrillers, and even erotica), narrative nonfiction and how-to or inspirational titles are among those that work best.
A Literary Bromance, Now in Its Sixth Decade (NY Times)
Tall and agile at 97, with a neatly trimmed gray beard and oval tortoise shell glasses that magnified his glassy blue eyes, Lawrence Ferlinghetti could pass for a man in his 70s. He still writes almost every day — “When an idea springs airborne into my head.”
How to Pitch Book Bloggers (PW)
Blogging, which started out as a simple way to post online personal journals, is now all grown up. Bloggers move opinions, appear in other media with regularity, build huge communities of like-minded people, and go on to become authors, too.
Russian Educational Publishers Petition Anti-Monopoly Service (Pub Perspectives)
The country’s Book Publishers Association, in support of the petition, cites jumps in market share for companies in acquisition deals.
Book Fair Directors Meet in Mexico (Pub Perspectives)
In their biennial meeting, a dozen leaders of international book fairs gathered in Guadalajara to discuss their progress, challenges, and evolving viewpoints on the book trade.