For those of us who aren't code slingers, what's the easiest way to create a digital book? There are a small but growing number of tools, ranging from big guns like those from Adobe to iPad-based efforts that aim to make publishing a touch and drag affair. Some of these solutions get you an iPad app, some get you EPUB, some are for web-based books. In this webcast series author and book futurist Pete Meyers looks at what's best, what's easiest to use, and what's worth putting in your book-building toolkit.
About Pete Meyers
Peter Meyers designs, speaks, and writes about digital books. Author of the forthcoming Breaking the Page, Saving the Reader: A Buyer & Builder's Guide to Digital Books. For more than two decades he's worked at the intersection of writing and technology. He co-founded Digital Learning Interactive, a pioneering multimedia textbook publisher (sold in 2004 to Thomson Learning). Peter has also written about the strange and wonderful effects of computers on mainstream culture for many publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Wired, Salon, and the Village Voice. During a five-year tour of duty at O'Reilly Media he worked in the Missing Manual group, serving as managing editor and associate publisher. Recent writing projects include Enhanced Ebooks Today & Tomorrow: A Survey for Authors and Publishers and Best iPad Apps (O'Reilly Media, 2010). He blogs at www.newkindofbook.com. Peter's undergraduate degree is from Harvard, where he studied American history and literature, and he has an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He lives with his wife and two daughters in "upstate Manhattan" (aka Washington Heights).