Technical Book Authors
This is a discussion on Technical Book Authors within the iBooks forums, part of the iPad App Store category; I am a retired electrical engineering professor and would like to circumvent the conventional "establishment" technical book publishers.
On the other hand, I would like ...
I am a retired electrical engineering professor and would like to circumvent the conventional "establishment" technical book publishers.
On the other hand, I would like reasonable compensation for my time and effort.
I have a number of ideas of how to explain certain topics in math, physics, and engineering in a more "learner friendly" way. It seems to me that the ebook format has potential, but I don't know anything about the process.
Is there anyone else here with similar objectives? Any ideas and/or advice ?
10-27-2011 05:30 PM
iPF Super Guru
That's an excellent idea! Self-published eBooks has sprouted a whole cottage industry. I know Amazon has a entire area dedicated to self-published ebooks.
Originally Posted by Heaviside
Just use the Google search (upper right-hand corner of every page) and type in "self publish ebook" or something along those lines and you'll get all sorts of information, apps, etc.
We had a story about something similar in the iPF News just the other day...
Blurb helps you publish your photos eBooks for only $1.99
Hope that helps and let us know how it goes!
You might try Inkling. Vook is also an outlet, but they publish too much junk for my taste.
I think there are a lot of potential authors in a similar position. Let me know what you discover!
There is a free book on the iBooks Store called "iPad Publishing Guide", it's definitely worth a look.
Good info, folks.
Just for the record, I have discovered that you can make nice looking equations with MathType and Pages, then export from Pages to epub format. Apple has a nice free template and instructions for producing epub books on their website.
As a recent returner to the Mac world, I am having to learn Pages after being immersed for so long in MS Word. It takes a while to unlearn all those keyboard shortcuts that took me so long to acquire that my first book will prabably take a while, but I think Pages is the right route.
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