All posts for “publishing”


The Art of Explanation has been out for about 1.5 years now and it's been exciting to see how it has made it's way around the world. The book has now been translated into 6 languages (including 2 versions of Chinese).  A Russian version is forthcoming.  Top row:  Korean, Hungarian, Simplified Chinese Bottom Row: Japanese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese. It's fascinating to see the book in other languages and consider what goes into the design. For example, the western translations in Hungarian... Continue Reading

The Art of Explanation - Now in Korean

Posted by: leelefever on August 15, 2013- 1:41pm

Categories: Art of Explanation, book, international, korean, publishing, translations


It's true! The Art of Explanation, has now been published in the Korean language.   It was been great working with the Korean publisher and the translator, Kyo, who is our #1 fan in Korea.  I asked Kyo to help me understand the title and he provided this: It is now available in Korean Bookstores and online. I'm impressed with the layout and design.  As an author, I have no control over these factors, but I was pleasantly surprised. So far we have translation deals in these languages, but we... Continue Reading

QR Codes in Books - Do They Work?

Posted by: leelefever on January 7, 2013- 10:01am

Categories: Art of Explanation, book, data, ebook, mobile, publishing, qr codes


QR codes often get a bad rap these days. The ugly little boxes appear everywhere and to many, they seem to be a waste of time and space.  But the reality of QR codes is like any tool - the value is determined by how it’s used. When used effectively, QR codes bridge online and offline worlds by making it easier to use a mobile phone to visit a webpage, for example.  This three-minute video explains QR codes: Email readers can watch the video here.  QR Codes in Books - Why? My book The Art of... Continue Reading

What is an "Enhanced" eBook?

Posted by: leelefever on November 25, 2012- 2:01pm

Categories: Art of Explanation, book, ebook, Explanation, publishing


I think we’re at the very beginning of a huge transformation that will change how we think about books. Thanks to new devices and publishing platforms, books are becoming more interactive and multimedia.  One form this is taking is the "enhanced" ebook.  To understand the enhanced versions, let’s start with normal ebooks.   “Normal” ebooks are essentially digital versions of regular books that are usually read on devices like the Kindle, iPad and Nook. For most of their history, ebooks have... Continue Reading

Get Out the Red Pens - Page Proofs are Here!

Posted by: leelefever on July 25, 2012- 9:32am

Categories: Art of Explanation, author, book, editing, Explanation, publishing


The march towards publishing The Art of Explanation continues on swimmingly.  The publisher recently sent over "page proofs" which are hard copies of the book as it will appear in the real thing.  Reviewing the proofs is our last chance to make any corrections and changes before the book gets printed. When I send these puppies back, my work (in writing at least) is pretty much done.  Phew. The book comes out in print and ebooks on October 8th. Here are some photos of the proofs... The book has... Continue Reading

The Art of Explanation Cover

Posted by: leelefever on May 9, 2012- 11:38am

Categories: Art of Explanation, book, cover, Explanation, publishing


Well, The Art of Explanation book is getting a lot more real.  A few days ago we finalized the cover for the book: What do you think? If you'd like to track our progress, check out the Art of Explanation website. 

Art of Explanation Book Update

Posted by: leelefever on April 25, 2012- 9:59am

Categories: Art of Explanation, book, Explanation, publishing, writing


Over the past month, Sachi and I have been neck-deep in ideas surrounding explanation, and it has been one of the most creative times in our lives.  As you may remember, I'm writing a book called The Art of Explanation that will be out in October of 2012.  To make our deadlines with the publisher, we took time this month to focus almost solely on the book - and that we did.  I've written and Sachi has edited almost 60,000 words in the last month or so, which is much more than will appear in the... Continue Reading

Independent Publishing on Amazon's Kindle (Two Stories)

Posted by: leelefever on September 9, 2008- 5:00pm

Categories: amazon, books, kindle, publishing


[Note: This is my second post in a row about Amazon. I can assure you that although I am a fan,  I (or Common Craft) am not affiliated with Amazon in any way.] I remember my first purchase from the Kindle Store.  It was an article by an author named Stephen Windwalker called "How to Use the Amazon Kindle for Email & Over 100 Pages of Other Cool Tips" (Now here, under a new name).  It was $2.39 and was delivered to the Kindle in seconds.  I remember thinking, "Hmm, $2.39.  That's not too... Continue Reading

Un-Boxing and Getting Started with Amazon's Kindle

Posted by: leelefever on June 18, 2008- 5:00pm

Categories: gadgetry, kindle, publishing


About a month ago, I got a Kindle as an early birthday present (Thanks Sachi's Mom!)  Since that time, I've become consumed by not only the device, but the potential for it to become a foundation for Amazon to disrupt the publishing industry.  Indeed, there are two parts to any discussion about Kindle (1) the device and how it works (2) how Amazon will use it and it's Digital Text Platform to create a micro-payment economy for authors. For now, I want to introduce a few aspects of the device... Continue Reading