Brown Bag Lunchtime Session - Making E-books: What You Need to Know (New Date)

  • 10 Feb 2015
  • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
  • In Good Company, 16 West 23rd Street, 4th Floor


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WHEN: Tuesday, February 10th from 12:30-2:00 p.m.
WHERE: In Good Company, 16 West 23rd Street, 4th Floor
COST: Free for members; $20 for nonmembers. Please email to arrange payment by PayPal or pay at the event.

The Evolving World of E-books. Learn from an experienced e-book producer and digital publishing consultant how to integrate e-books into your print book development and temper expectations with real-world possibilities. The session will provide an overview of the ebook-making process with many workflow and best practices suggestions. Topics will include

·       Why should ebook editions be included in proposals (marketing, readership, enhancement, regular updates, increased platforms etc.)?

·       What devices and apps are available, and how do they differ? Which devices should be targeted for particular content?

·       What are the different file types? Reflowable, fixed layout, multitouch. Which format should be targeted for particular content?

·       What’s the difference between ePUBs (including ePUB2 and ePUB3) and Mobis

·       What’s the cleanest route from manuscript to ePUB/Mobi? Why use InDesign CC 2014 for ePUB creation (and not Word or PDF).

·       How about backlist titles that exist only in PDF?

·       What’s the best procedure for a digital-only book?

·       Should an e-book mimic the print edition’s design, flow, content? What elements can be dropped or relocated? How can the print edition be enhanced (extra content, color, accessibility) without going overboard?

·       How can book producer, author, editor, and designer collaborate with the digital developer at the earliest stages of a project? 


Kevin Callahan is proprietor of BNGO Books, a New York City–based digital publishing consulting and print and digital design studio. His experience with new and evolving technology—as big expectations meet real-world possibilities—gives him great perspective. Kevin adapts print editions to their reflowable or fixed-layout counterparts and develops straight-to-e-publications for all platforms. He trains staffs at large publishing houses, small presses, and self-published authors in print-to-digital workflow, emphasizing the value of early editorial, design, and production planning. He recently spoke at The InDesign Conference 2014 in Seattle, and will be presenting a four-week webinar to the EFA on e-books in March 2015. Kevin is part of the vibrant #eprdctn community (tweeting as @BNGOBooks).

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