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Note to self: Keeping my new inkjet printer alive

Note to self: Keeping my new inkjet printer alive

Back in October, I company-ized myself into an LLC, and on the advice of my travel guru Gil Saunders, I got a credit card that will give me 30,000 airline mileage points if I spend $1,000 on it within the first 90 days. So then, hmmmmmmmmm, what can my business spend $1,000 on, to get […]

Note to Self: Transcribing Podcasts

Note to Self: Transcribing Podcasts

I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts lately, and I wanted to try making transcripts of one series, because, well, podcasts are a terrible way to store any information that you actually want to retrieve. And then a friend on Twitter was lamenting about how the process of transcription sucks, and another Twitter friend […]

Renumbering navpoints in BBEdit the not-so-hard way

Renumbering navpoints in BBEdit the not-so-hard way

Because it’s been more than a week since I last opened myself up to scorn about my lack of scripting skillz, here’s a how-to for another semiautomated e-production task in BBEdit (or TextWrangler): renumbering navpoints in an NCX. So, let’s say you have an NCX to which you need to add another navpoint, or from […]

Degristling the sausage: BBEdit 11 Edition

Degristling the sausage: BBEdit 11 Edition

Almost two years ago, I wrote a post called “Degristling the sausage” to explain my method of using BBEdit to get a list of which CSS classes are actually applied in a given EPUB file, out of the sometimes hundreds that are included in the stylesheet. Apparently I’m not the only person who needs to […]

Castoff Calculator

Castoff Calculator

Yesterday at work I was generating price breakdowns for a bunch of POD printing situations, doing it the old-fashioned way by dedicating a separate chunk of a spreadsheet to each variation, when it occurred to me that maybe it would be easier to set up a dynamic calculator for these scenarios in Python, which I’ve […]

It ain’t up goer science

It ain’t up goer science

After two years as a full-time e-book developer, I’m back on the print wagon—or, at least, one foot is—working for CN Times Books as (executive?) managing editor of print and digital production. CN Times is a wholly owned subsidiary of Beijing MediaTime Book Co., and about half of its staff members are Chinese, with several […]

Degristling the sausage

Degristling the sausage

One of the things I do at my job is clean up and beautify e-books that have been produced by a “meatgrinder”—the sort of automated conversion process that an outsourcer uses. My company has worked with a couple of conversion companies, and there are definite differences in the quality and markup philosophy of the files […]

E-reading application showdown, part 1: Annotations

E-reading application showdown, part 1: Annotations

About two weeks ago, in a fit of pique, I posted some gripes about my current e-reading application of choice, which is Kobo for the iPhone/iPod Touch. I was pressed for time, so I didn’t provide any context, such as why Kobo’s is my favorite e-reading app, which apps I’ve chosen it over, and whether […]

Because I am mean and like to rain on parades…

Because I am mean and like to rain on parades…

All day I’ve been seeing tweets from @kobo and friends about their having the No. 1 e-reading app in the iTunes store—e.g., [blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/KoboJason/status/71222166464643072″] I’m so happy for them. No, really. For several months now, Kobo’s iOS app has been, mainly because of the stats and the activity tracker, my e-reading application of choice. That […]

What happens when an e-book gets corrected?

What happens when an e-book gets corrected?

So, here’s the partial answer to a question I’ve been wondering about: Subject: Kindle Title [title] (ASIN:[ASIN]) has an available update Greetings from Amazon.com. We’re writing about your past Kindle purchase of [title] by [author]. The version you received contained some errors that have been corrected. An updated version of [title] (ASIN:[ASIN]) is now available. […]