Personal Publishing

BookWright and eBooks

eStyle

If you think Blurb is just for photo books, think again. However, the fact that Blurb is focused on photos makes it a great platform for family history publishing projects. It supports the written stories and it shows off the photos and family ephemera to best advantage. Blurb doesn’t provide the editorial services you’ll find at…

Managing Fonts on Your iPad

Your iPad comes with a standard set of fonts which are very nice but . . . If you want to have additional fonts available for use in presentations or other storytelling projects, you can do this with the AnyFonts app [iOS – $1.99] and an easily accessible cloud storage service (I use Dropbox). AnyFonts…

Vellum for Ebook Building

One of my projects for this year is to update Future of Memories with new technology and new projects. When the first edition was published, there were few applications to support custom book layout for ebooks. I found the booksellers’ automated conversion results very disappointing – especially for a book with lots of graphics. Since then we’ve seen a…

Building Family History

I’ve been blogging for over ten years and one of the results is that I have a nice little collection of family stories. I had been copy/pasting them into a Scrivener project and taking advantage of its easy reorganization features to use those stories for small family history projects. Recently I’ve been using Byword [Mac…

Blurb – A Full-Service Publishing Platform

If you thought Blurb was just for photo books, think again. With its recent acquisition of MagCloud, Blurb has now become a full-service publishing platform offering tools and services to layout, publish and distribute not just beautiful photo books, but magazines and ebooks too! And, they have just announced a distribution agreement with Ingram so…

Scrivener for Geneablogging?

Have you considered Scrivener as a blogging tool? For geneabloggers, it becomes not only a workplace for blogging but a local archive for your growing collection of articles which can then be easily repurposed into any number of other publications. Here you see my Family Stories project in Scrivener opened to a story in the…

Tumblr Experiment

I have found Tumblr to be a delightful news service – both for reading and aggregating news and other items of interest. Some time back I created a Tumblr to support a weekly genealogy workshop I’m doing at our local Council on Aging. For me, it is an easy way to collect articles, videos, links…

Smashwords Update

Smashwords continues to expand its reach for ebook distribution. Ebooks published via Smashwords are now becoming available in public libraries thanks to an agreement with OverDrive.  They have also signed agreements with both the Scribd and Oyster subscription services. Not only do these services provide the reader with affordable access to a growing catalog of books, they…