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Generation Youtube: Capturing the Attention of Youtube Audiences

Posted by Aoife Dowling

Feb 20, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Here at ePubdirect, we often spend some of our break time watching and sharing viral videos on Youtube, or catching up with the exploits of our favourite vloggers (video bloggers). Youtube is a creative, open, social tech-forward space - not unlike the world of eBook publishing. It's no surprise, then, that Youtube and publishing have intersected somewhat. 

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Topics: Marketing, The eBook Market

What you need to know about ONIX 3

Posted by Joe Lennon

Feb 13, 2015 3:11:29 PM

Now that we're in 2015, there's a lot of discussion about ONIX 3, specifically around the topic of the sunset date, EDItEUR support and what this all means for publishers and other industry stakeholders. In this post, we'll explore what ONIX 3 means for your business, and how to be prepared to migrate.

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Topics: Technical Stuff

Subscribing to Subscription

Posted by Helen Burnett

Feb 10, 2015 4:30:00 PM

The controversy that is the ebook subscription service continues to cause a stir. Readers can now gorge themselves on a buffet of eBooks for a set price per month, but what are the implications of this for the publisher? And, rather than determine whether subscription is friend or foe, how can publishers make the reader-orientated model work best for them now that it has arrived?

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Topics: Marketing, Retailers

Working Backwards...

Posted by David Comber

Feb 4, 2015 5:00:00 PM

As part of my new role with ePubDirect I will be responsible for writing specs for new products and features. This is something not unfamiliar to me as I have been writing specs for a number of years in various other positions. What is new for me is the methodology we employ at ePubDirect...

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Topics: Engineering

Data Analysis – The Journey Continues

Posted by Sheila Cotter

Jan 27, 2015 4:30:00 PM

Nearly at the end of January and I am proud to say that I did not break any of my new year’s resolutions….quite simply because I did not set any. No, I do not have delusions of perfection; instead I have long since embraced the benefits of being realistic. So instead I made a list of things I’d just like to keep an eye on and improve. This included some “if you look at them another way they are actually resolution-like things” such as fitness levels and mindfulness (yes, I’ve bought into that one!), but also something which I see applies to the world of data analysis. And that is the need for focus.


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Topics: Analytics

Why should you use a professional eBook conversion supplier?

Posted by Catherine Twibill

Jan 22, 2015 4:00:00 PM

If you presently have eBook conversions integrated as part of your in-house book production workflow, Well Done! That’s no mean feat.

If you are still struggling with this aspect of your workflow, it may be time to consider outsourcing it. We know there are many free software options out there, but results can be sketchy and may require many hours to fix them up as well. Also file validation is an important consideration. The software may make an ePub file, but it will not always be accepted by all retailers.

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Topics: Conversions

Engaging Students, Changing Lives: Introducing eShelf.ie

Posted by Aoife Dowling

Jan 20, 2015 4:00:00 PM

We know the power of reading. For many of us at ePubDirect, that’s why we’re here. We’re driven by our shared love of books and a strong belief that reading can improve lives. What’s more, we know how to harness technology to distribute the best reading content, far and wide.

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Topics: eShelf

Digital Book World 2015

Posted by Leana Riveria

Jan 12, 2015 2:00:00 PM

"In 1987 Michael Joyce wrote what was arguably the first eBook, Afternoon, - made available via floppy disk. In 1998 NuvoMedia lauched the first dedicated eBook reader, The Rocket. In 2000 Stephen King released his novel, Bag of Bones, exclusively as an eBook and it sold around 500,000 copies in 48 hours*. Today, in the year 2015, there is an entire event dedicated to eReading known as DBW, or Digital Book World.

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Topics: Marketing, Bookfairs, DBW

Data Analysis – Getting Started

Posted by Sheila Cotter

Dec 19, 2014 2:08:47 PM

Great blogpost below from our Senior Data Analyst - Anne Gaynor. 

So here’s the thing…I have a lot of experience in working with data, over two decades in fact.  In that time I have seen the area progress from blue screen replicas of spreadsheet reports to dashboards with embedded smart maps for geographic analysis.  But, as the saying goes, the more things change, the more they stay the same.  And here are what I have found to be the consistent points of data analysis:

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Make the Most of iTunes

Posted by Sheila Cotter

Nov 28, 2014 3:39:00 PM

Our Retailer Manager, Helen Burnett has great tips and tricks for you.

"In our experience, Apple are among the most selective ebook sellers – not only do they have automated checks in place to ensure that they have all required metadata information and that your ebook files meet the industry standards, they also have a team of people dedicated to ensuring your book metadata is accurate and correct, and that your content falls within their specified guidelines.

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