Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Create A Photo eBook
The tablet revolution has brought new life to e-books. We’ll show you how to make an impressive and full-featured e-book from your photos.
Traditional photo books have dropped off significantly in today's market. The expense of a large print run and the man-hours required to create, edit, assemble, proof, publish and print a book has become prohibitive for all but the very most well-known photographers whose name recognition can guarantee significant sales. Custom publishers like Blurb have stepped in to fill some of the void that has been left, but these "one-off" books can cost more to produce than many nature photographers want to spend. Photo e-books have the potential to be a game-changer for all kinds of photographers, whether that's an amateur who wants to produce a photo book of his or her latest trip, the pro who wants to create a book of images as a portfolio piece or the passionate lover of the outdoors who wants to feature an important part of nature.
The great potential of photo e-books is strongly linked to the popularity of tablets. There are many photo e-books available, but most of them aren't designed to gain the most from the capabilities offered by the tablet, and they aren't all that popular.
E-books are relatively new and most people don't primarily use their tablets to read them, plus titles can be challenging to find and market. You can create a beautiful photo e-book and find that no one is interested because they can't find it.
E-books, as a whole, and especially photo e-books, are in what you might call a period of adolescence and change. Still, there's a great opportunity for photographers who are willing to step up and put in the work to position themselves within this market before others do.
2 Blurb e-books (Mac and PC). Blurb publishes beautiful printed photo books. They're designed for the iPad and can include some multimedia, including video. Blurb keeps the production of an e-book easy by offering a lot of design templates, plus, the service is relatively low cost. Photo e-books then can be published instantly and sold on Blurb or the Apple iBookstore.
3 iBooks Author. Apple's iBooks Author is free, easy to use and makes the process of designing your project simple. This Mac-only software specifically creates e-books with photography and multimedia. There's a minimal learning curve for using this program. Any interactive e-book made with iBooks Author can only be sold through Apple's iBookstore (you can give away copies for free on your own, and you can do whatever you want with a PDF version).
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