Monday, June 28, 2010

Publish your ideas

Nowadays you can easily make your own digital or printed (photo) books, magazines, catalogs, news papers etc to spread your ideas. Of course digital is more sustainable, but sometimes you just need it on paper. I made a list of websites you can check to learn, prepare or create, in Dutch and/or English.

How to
Digitaal publiceren (ePub pdf): "Handleiding voor schrijvers en aspirant schrijvers om zelf een e-boek te maken. In zeven stappen wordt uitgelegd hoe u zelf een e-boek maakt van al eerder uitgegeven werk of van nieuw te publiceren tekst, wanneer u kiest voor pdf of ePub, hoe u met illustraties en foto’s omgaat, wat uw rechten zijn als auteur of beginnend auteur, of hoe u verkoop en publiciteit regelt. Met voorbeeldbrieven voor contracten en een lange lijst belangrijke adressen." Prijs: €12.99.

How to Start an E-Magazine | eHow.com: "Have you ever dreamed of starting your own company? Do you love to write? Then starting an e-magazine may be the perfect project for you. An e-magazine offers several advantages over traditional print media, including far lower start-up costs as well as easy distribution. With a little bit of research and some preplanning, you, too, can be a magazine publisher and editor."

Write, Publish, and Market Your Ebook: "Free Step-by-Step Tutorial".

Two Great Ways to Publish Your Own Magazine | Photojojo. "Use a magazine as a portfolio, show off that photo essay you've been working on, or get your artsy friends together for a virtual gallery show. You can even get your magazine printed and sell it!"

Seth's Blog: Advice for authors. Seth Godin gives us 19 tips. I like number 19: "Writing a book is a tremendous experience. It pays off intellectually. It clarifies your thinking. It builds credibility. It is a living engine of marketing and idea spreading, working every day to deliver your message with authority. You should write one." Mm, perhaps I will some day.

Online services
UniBook publishes your work for free and you only have to pay for the books you actually buy. With their book publishing wizard you can upload your book and generate your book cover. In the meantime they will print, bind and ship your book worldwide. In Dutch: UniBook.

Self Publishing - Lulu.com: "Free your ideas" with books, photo books, calendars, CDs & DVDs, eBooks, cookbooks, poetry books and education publishing. There's a special section for teachers: Educational Publishing - Lulu.com, for year books, class materials, text books, course packs, creating stuff for fundraising school projects. In Dutch: Een boek publiceren.

Issuu - You Publish is a digital publishing platform delivering reading experiences of magazines, books, catalogs, reports, and more. Users can create digital editions simply by uploading their publications. It's their mission to empower individuals, companies, and institutions to publish their documents across all digital platforms.

Make your own magazine, WebZine or BlogZine.: "OpenZine is a publishing platform with web browser based tools that provides an easy way for anyone to make their own magazine, for free.
The best way to describe what OpenZine provides is by understanding how magazines work. Magazines have a staff of writers, photographers, designers, illustrators and editors that create & contribute. Here at OpenZine you create and contribute on those same principles but your resources are other OpenZine users! To preserving the design experience of print they've created one click layouts. You can change them as you go.

Make your own photo book with Blurb (printed): "A creative publishing service simple and smart enough to make anyone an author – every blogger, cook, photographer, parent, traveler, poet, pet owner, marketer, everyone. (This means you.)"

Newspaper Club | Helping people to make their own newspapers (printed): "They help you to make your own newspapers. You can use the online tool to upload and arrange your words and pictures or you can use the site to send a PDF. They print every Tuesday afternoon, and you'll get your papers in about a week."

This one is a bit different: Paper.li - read a Twitter stream as a daily newspaper: "paper.li organizes links shared on Twitter into an easy to read newspaper-style format. Newspapers can be created for any Twitter user or any #tag."