The Print To eBook Conversion–A New Way To Look At ‘Books’
At Claxton Creative here in Dallas, we’ve done a number of print to e-Book and iBooks Author-generated conversions and one thing becomes immediately clear throughout this process–the print to e-Book conversion process shouldn’t be a matter of just replacing the print copy into digitized form. No, it should be much, much more.
eBook v. iBooks Author
On top of that, we take things a step further than most competitors we’ve seen online. Yes, the EPUB formatted book can be read on many more devices than those built with iBooks Author, which only work on iPad and iPad mini. However, the functionality of a book made with iBooks Author versus one in an EPUB 2.0.1 or even the “new” EPUB 3 format leave a world of difference in between.
We’d like to bang someone in the marketing department at Apple over the head for their lack in marketing the difference between the two. In the video below even, we’ve shown you the contrast between 3D imagery in an EPUB 3 book and that of Dr. Mark Van Stone’s 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya. As we like to say, a book for iPad made with iBooks Author is like being in a museum where you’re supposed to touch everything. Using 3D in an EPUB is like trying to play ping pong on a 1970s Atari on a black and white TV. (Sorry Atari, but that’s pretty accurate. For clarification purposes, Atari was ahead of the time then. EPUB 3 isn’t.)
Working With Print Authors
We often are approached by print authors who are ready to make a digital book and our first question to them is how much video do you want to add to your book? We ask that knowing that our recommendation to them truly is going to be to make a book for iPad because the functionality, the file size, just the look is so much more alive and vivid than anything we have yet to see on a Kindle or Nook. We have a potential client we’re trying to help understand this concept as she wants to do a series of YouTube videos and put them on a website for free. It’s our recommendation that instead they be added to a book for iPad because it will help make the book even more spectacular than what we already are talking about.
Besides, why give something away for free when there’s going to be high production costs and, more importantly, you can include it in your book for iPad and make some money back from it?!?!
Are You Wanting To Convert From Print to Digital?
If you’re ready to convert your book there are a series of questions you should be asking yourself.
- What visuals can I add to my book to make it come alive? This means video and still, hi-res pics.
- Your book (for iPad) should include video. What videos could we shoot for your book to add a dimension that is presently missing?
- What interactive charts or graphs would you like to include in your book that your printer said would cost too much to print and they didn’t want to expend the extra pages to include? We can do that on one page now, at a high resolution and they can be very cool.
- What website pages would you like to have embedded in your book and let your readers visit without ever leaving your book?
- If you could add digital magic to your book, what would you like to add?
If you know the answers to some or all of those questions, then we’d like to talk to you about making a book for iPad, and of course, doing an EPUB version. Yes, more people will be able to get your book from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, but the one they get off Apple’s iBookstore will be the one that will make most people’s mouth’s drop and want to know what you can do next.
- Why Apple’s iBooks falls short of Kindle–for now (reviews.cnet.com)
- Barnes & Noble launches iPad app (reviews.cnet.com)
- The Average O’Reilly Customer Likes PDFs, Doens’t Use the iPad to Read Them (the-digital-reader.com)
- Are eBooks the way to go? (thetimeisneverwrite.wordpress.com)
- Apple iBooks e-reader: First Take (reviews.cnet.com)
- Nook Launches Nook Press, A New Self-Publishing Platform For eBooks [Updates] (makeuseof.com)
- Kindle vs. Nook vs. iPad: Which e-book reader should you buy? (epicagear.com)
- Boone Grove students will dump textbooks for iPads (posttrib.suntimes.com)
- Paul Carr: iBooks Author doesn’t hurt publishers. It might even help them (nextlevelofnews.com)
- eBook Conversion: Price Reduced! (sextonation.wordpress.com)