Digital Bindery

Digital Bindery Digital Publishing Solutions Digital Bindery llc., a Portland, Oregon based company, was started to address the growing reader frustration with low quality ebook conversions.

Digital Bindery has focused their work in providing publishers and independent authors, the resources and skills they need to address the needs of their consumers. Digital Bindery provides high quality, personalized, digital conversion services with particular attention to emerging digital standards, optimizing text for digital display, and creating a seamless immersive experience for readers.

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Dodging the Ebook Small Cap Bullet
01/22/2013
Dodging the Ebook Small Cap Bullet

Dodging the Ebook Small Cap Bullet

Small caps have been a source of concern for ebook designers for a long time. They are an essential part of the typographical lexicon, but due to system constraints, small caps may fail to display Continue Reading >>The post Dodging the Ebook Small Cap Bullet appeared first on Digital Bindery.

So Many Quirks, So Little Time
01/15/2013
So Many Quirks, So Little Time

So Many Quirks, So Little Time

O’Reilly Media’s Tools of Change for Publishing conference is right around the corner (register here if you haven’t yet, and use the code AFFILIATEAG to save $350 on registration), and just like last year Tom Continue Reading >>The post So Many Quirks, So Little Time appeared first on Digital Binder

Congratulations to Kip Pettigrew for his new book, Pledge, now available as an ebook. We were happy to have played a par...
01/07/2013
Pledge (The Guild Memoirs)

Congratulations to Kip Pettigrew for his new book, Pledge, now available as an ebook. We were happy to have played a part in getting the book into digital publication.

If you like dystopian novels with plenty of secret society intrigue, check it out!

http://www.amazon.com/Pledge-The-Guild-Memoirs-ebook/dp/B00AX1ZC04/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1357587180&sr=8-1&keywords=Pledge+by+Kip

Your thoughts and opinions are not your own. For millennia human civilization has been led and influenced by secret guilds made up of individuals who, at all times, transmit their feelings and personality to the unknowing masses. They control public opinion. They are why good men die for causes t...

Thoughts on nine months of producing 3pub files
11/28/2012
Thoughts on nine months of producing 3pub files

Thoughts on nine months of producing 3pub files

With Hachette’s recent announcement that they’re committed to going all-epub 3.0 by next March and the buzz surrounding iBooks 3.0 (which offers some slightly extended support of epub 3.0), there’s been a lot of interest Continue Reading >>

Digital Context: Finding your book’s community
11/15/2012
Digital Context: Finding your book’s community

Digital Context: Finding your book’s community

No book is an island. When any of us open a book, we bring with us a lifetime of experiences to affect our perceptions of what has been written. Books have also had a relationship Continue Reading >>

What’s the difference between Ebook Conversion and Ebook Design?
11/14/2012
What’s the difference between Ebook Conversion and Ebook Design?

What’s the difference between Ebook Conversion and Ebook Design?

Ebook conversion is the process of converting your designed and print-ready manuscript into an ebook. Good ebook conversion focuses on creating a consistent reading experience across all reading platforms and attempts to mimic the print Continue Reading >>

What books make good ebooks?
10/25/2012
What books make good ebooks?

What books make good ebooks?

The short answer is all books make good ebooks. Simple text is the easiest to convert into an ebook format, though this does not mean that more complex manuscripts should not be converted. Image-heavy books and books Continue Reading >>

Why do I need more than one type of ebook?
10/25/2012
Why do I need more than one type of ebook?

Why do I need more than one type of ebook?

Most ereaders can read the open source epub format. These include the Nook, Kobo reader, Sony Reader, iPad, and Adobe Digital Editions. The Amazon Kindle can only read the proprietary Amazon formats mobi and kf8. Continue Reading >>

Can I put audio or video into my ebook?
10/25/2012
Can I put audio or video into my ebook?

Can I put audio or video into my ebook?

Adding audio, video, or both to a book is now possible. Readers using Apple’s iPad, an Android Tablet, the Nook Color, or any desktop or laptop computer can take advantage of the multimedia experience. Amazon Continue Reading >>

Why do I need someone to digitally design an ebook?
10/25/2012
Why do I need someone to digitally design an ebook?

Why do I need someone to digitally design an ebook?

Do readers care about ebook design? Publishers, already stretched thin by the demands of today’s economy, have had to answer no to this question and rush to bring their backlist to the ebook market as Continue Reading >>

Ebook, epub, ereader, what’s the difference?
10/25/2012
Ebook, epub, ereader, what’s the difference?

Ebook, epub, ereader, what’s the difference?

An ebook is long form text (book) that has been digitized and optimized to be read on an electronic device. Of course, this definition is open to change as we redefine ‘reading’ for the twenty-first Continue Reading >>

What is included in a Comprehensive Social Media Plan?
10/25/2012
What is included in a Comprehensive Social Media Plan?

What is included in a Comprehensive Social Media Plan?

A realistic social media campaign must consider how much time can be committed to the process; you need to have a schedule that is feasible while keeping your content in the eye of the relevant Continue Reading >>

How do you evaluate Social Authorities?
10/25/2012
How do you evaluate Social Authorities?

How do you evaluate Social Authorities?

Identifying the social authority—those individuals or groups with the most influence with your target audience—is a good first step in knowing how, where, and what to post. Evaluating these groups is the next step. Each Continue Reading >>

What is a Social Authority and how do you identify them?
10/25/2012
What is a Social Authority and how do you identify them?

What is a Social Authority and how do you identify them?

The Social Authority are the bloggers, tweeters, and posters with the strongest social voice dealing with the identified key issues and the largest social reach within your target market. Part of this analysis will identify Continue Reading >>

What are keywords, how do you find them, and what good are they?
10/25/2012
What are keywords, how do you find them, and what good are they?

What are keywords, how do you find them, and what good are they?

A list of keywords is not meant to define your philosophy, inform your writing, or falsely refine your lexicon. Keywords are phrases that others will use to find you. They are the search terms that Continue Reading >>

How does Comprehensive Audience Evaluations work?
10/25/2012
How does Comprehensive Audience Evaluations work?

How does Comprehensive Audience Evaluations work?

The first step to reaching your target audience is understanding of who they are. Just like an individual, an audience is a complex organism made of demographics, psychographics, and behaviors. With the foundational research done Continue Reading >>

What books make good ebooks?
10/15/2012
What books make good ebooks?

What books make good ebooks?

The short answer is all books make good ebooks. Simple text is the easiest to convert into an ebook format, though this does not mean that more complex manuscripts should not be converted. Image-heavy books and books with a lot of tables or intricate layouts require care, but can be beautiful and ev

Upcoming Author Workshops
05/04/2012
Upcoming Author Workshops

Upcoming Author Workshops

Ebooks have exploded in popularity over the last few years. Publishers everywhere are struggling to adapt to the chang¬ing landscape of the publishing world, and the media is full of reports about the “Death of the Book.” At Digital Bindery, we believe that change is good and tha

Digital Bindery's cover photo
05/04/2012

Digital Bindery's cover photo

ISBNs and ebooks
04/13/2012
ISBNs and ebooks

ISBNs and ebooks

Digital Bindery - Artisan Ebook CreationThere’s a lot of information on the web about the use of ISBNs in ebooks. Much of the time, it seems as though there are more people with questions than there are with answers. Since many of our clients look to us to answer their digital pu

Conversion Tool Review: calibre
10/01/2011
Conversion Tool Review: calibre

Conversion Tool Review: calibre

Digital Bindery - Artisan Ebook CreationEbook conversion is a work-intensive task, particularly if you believe, as we do, that ebooks deserve the same care and attention that print versions get. Fortunately, there are a number of tools available to help authors, publishers, and o

Digital Bindery Webcast with O’Reilly Today
09/21/2011
Digital Bindery Webcast with O’Reilly Today

Digital Bindery Webcast with O’Reilly Today

Digital Bindery - Artisan Ebook CreationO’Reilly media will be hosting our very own Amanda Gomm at a free webinar today, 1pm PT. She will be discussing artisanal ebook design. Sign up for free, now.Digital Bindery Webcast with O’Reilly Today

Defining Quality for Ebook Conversions
09/17/2011
Defining Quality for Ebook Conversions

Defining Quality for Ebook Conversions

Digital Bindery - Artisan Ebook CreationThe ebook boom has created some interesting challenges. Publishers and authors alike have been tossed into a quagmire of conflicting expectations, technological challenges and dubious definitions of quality. How we communicate our expectati

Friday’s Ebook Design Tip: Mimetypes, A Video Tutorial
09/02/2011
Friday’s Ebook Design Tip: Mimetypes, A Video Tutorial

Friday’s Ebook Design Tip: Mimetypes, A Video Tutorial

Digital Bindery - Artisan Ebook CreationOur second installment of our web series, Ebooks, How Do They Work discusses mimetype files. Learn what they are, why they are there, and what to do with them. Remember, as always, Digital Bindery is here to be your digital publishing depar

Friday’s Ebook Design Tip: Unpacking, A Video Tutorial
08/27/2011
Friday’s Ebook Design Tip: Unpacking, A Video Tutorial

Friday’s Ebook Design Tip: Unpacking, A Video Tutorial

Digital Bindery - Artisan Ebook CreationWe are finally back with Friday’s Ebbok Design Tips. We are officially launching our web series Ebooks, How Do They Work, with the first installment. This episode starts at the very beginning. If you are completely confused, this video is f

Friday’s Ebook Design Tip: Never Assume an Automatic Ebook Conversion is OK: Check each page to ensure things are where ...
07/29/2011
Friday’s Ebook Design Tip: Never Assume an Automatic Ebook Conversion is OK: Check each page to ensure things are where you expect them to be

Friday’s Ebook Design Tip: Never Assume an Automatic Ebook Conversion is OK: Check each page to ensure things are where you expect them to be

Digital Bindery - Artisan Ebook CreationAt first glance, this conversion may seem to be just fine. The excess white space might not bother all readers, although it will bother many who enlarge their text and will only be able to view one sentence onscreen at a time. The real prob

Technorati Blog Directory
07/26/2011
Technorati Blog Directory

Technorati Blog Directory

Digital Bindery - Artisan Ebook CreationSANEKDGKVFHF Digital Bindery is currently applying to be a member of the Technorati Blog Directory. They require a unique code to be entered in a post to ensure the owner of the website is applying.Technorati Blog Directory

Friday’s Ebook Design Tip: Do Not Underline Text Unless it is a Hyperlink.
07/22/2011
Friday’s Ebook Design Tip: Do Not Underline Text Unless it is a Hyperlink.

Friday’s Ebook Design Tip: Do Not Underline Text Unless it is a Hyperlink.

Digital Bindery - Artisan Ebook CreationReaders are trained with this expectation when reading on-screen. When a word is underlined and does not link to anything, the assumption is that the link is broken or the creator forgot to add it. Instead of underlining, use italics for bo

Friday’s Ebook Design Tip: If You Intend to Embed Your Own Font, Make Sure it is Well-formed
07/15/2011
Friday’s Ebook Design Tip: If You Intend to Embed Your Own Font, Make Sure it is Well-formed

Friday’s Ebook Design Tip: If You Intend to Embed Your Own Font, Make Sure it is Well-formed

Digital Bindery - Artisan Ebook CreationThere are several issues with embedding fonts. Before embedding a font, ensure that the licence you have for using the font includes this function. If you are not sure, check with the foundry or font creator. Many ereaders will not allow th

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