March 8, 2012

Working on Digital Editions

Here at HBM headquarters, we're always working on new technology and fantastic inventions. However, we're not ready to share our trans-dimensional coffee injection apparatus quite yet, so instead I'm going to talk about our digital edition/ebook.

We've wanted to do an ebook version of Here Be Monsters for quite a while, and we've heard from several of our readers that they would prefer that to a paper edition. With issue 6 being a kind of rebirth of HBM, it seemed like the perfect time to do it.

What I thought would be an easy process, given that InDesign has a function called "Export to EPUB", was actually fairly complex. It took a lot of experimentation, consulting online resources, and honestly a little bit of dumb luck to figure out how to make an ebook of the same quality as our printed book. We wanted to make sure it had pictures that worked well in the format, and links that made it easy to navigate (plus weblinks to handy places like this blog!). But it is almost done now, and I'm very proud to say that HBM will have electronic versions ready to go at the launch of issue 6.

Currently we have Epub version which will be available directly from our site, and a Kindle version available through Amazon. There may be more versions on the way, so we'll keep you posted via this blog and our facebook page when they show up.

If you have any questions about this, or requests for specific formats/distributors, please let us know either here or through our email.

Thank you,

Alex Newcombe

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