Friday News: Wonder Woman, Vellum, audiobook covers, and paper animals
Brand new Vellum picks a fight for prettier (e)books – Thinking more about Wednesday’s discussion on the gentrification of the print book, this short piece on Vellum may be promising for both digital and print readers. Vellum, which is only available on Mac, not only makes ebooks easier to produce (and self-publish), but it also makes them look nicer, which is, of course, one persistent complaint from print lovers. The new version of Vellum also allows for print production, which may help level the field for dual production channels. While it may be kind of amusing see pulp fiction ultimately become more highly valued as some kind of ‘pomp fiction,’ it would probably be better for readers in general if we had fair and equitable access to the broadest diversity of book types. Then we need to get to work on the whole ownership/DRM issue.
Vellum 2.0 can create print-ready files for e-books, even if you’re not a massive print nerd (like yours truly). Taking an e-book for an outing into meatspace includes knowing about margins, trim sizes, font sizes and page numbering, and creating front matter, headers and footers and page-numbered tables of contents. You also need to do typography geekery such as widow prevention (avoiding single sentences on a page) and spread balancing. Sounds dirty, no? I like it. Either way, Vellum takes care of all of that, plus converting images to print-ready black and white. Best of all, you can proof it all using any PDF reader — such as the Preview app. – Tech Crunch
8 Living Audiobook Covers to Put You in the Mood for Audiobook Month – With the continued popularity of audiobooks, Audiobook production company, Novel Audio, has created animated “covers” for some of their audiobooks. I tend to ignore audiobook covers (although I’ve spent way too much time wondering what the hell happened to some of the Shelly Laurenston Pride series books when it comes to the audiobook image—some of those covers are just heinous, despite the excellence of the books themselves, and the stellar performance of narrator Charlotte Kane), so at first I didn’t think much about this animation project, but the more I think about it, the more I think this could be a new marketing angle for this format. Anyone out there pay a lot of attention to audiobook “cover” images? What do you think? – Novel Audio
Paper animal cutouts – Speaking of beautiful images . . .
These are some of the world’s most endangered species, beautifully captured in delicate paper. The beautiful cutouts perfectly capture the fragile futures these animals face. The intricate works of art, which take 10-15 days each to create, are intended to raise awareness of species that are dying out. (Caters News) – Yahoo News