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A free, beautifully-simple tool to make e-books better.
A free, beautifully-simple tool to make e-books better.
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Flying high in an invisible jet

We're buried (happily) in buttons, bookmarks, envelopes, stickers, notecards, and stamps over here at People's E headquarters, but developer Oliver Wise is above the rewards fray and has been diligently working on building The People's E-Book. We're just over a month from the end of our Kickstarter campaign and, in Oliver's words, "all the big scary stuff is starting to be done" :) We're thrilled to share with you this new video preview of the tool in action, featuring Wonder Woman and some super-easy image handling.

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    1. Jason Valendy on May 20, 2013

      Have the buttons and stickers shipped? Very excited!!!

    2. Zon Petilla on April 10, 2013

      Working on my webcomic, can't wait to see all the possibilities with this.

    3. Hol Art Books Creator on April 10, 2013

      Thanks Amanda. You know how these things go, but looking at late May or early June, fingers-crossed.

    4. Amanda Roberts on April 10, 2013

      This looks great. Any idea when it will be available? I will be self-pubbing a cookbook in a couple of months and would love to use this for it.

    5. Hol Art Books Creator on April 9, 2013

      Thanks for the questions Phil. We're building some previewing features into the tool will give you some idea of what your book will look like on various devices and help to avoid page re-flow when you want. In fact, I think our default view will be the same size ratio as an iPad and so should be a pretty good indication without having to know exact page sizes. Everything is relative and mutable in the e-book world though, so it's hard to guarantee. Consider that even if you were to optimize for the iPad screen size, there are dozens of e-book reading apps available on the iPad and each can make your e-book look a little different. It sounds horrifying, but it's also exactly what we're hoping great designers and artists will address and experiment with in their use of the People's E-Book.

      And for your other question, exporting as apps is unfortunately a whole other process, both in creating them and in getting Apple to accept them for sale in the app store. So we're not offering it, though word is that except for the extremely interactive and innovative, Apple is really pushing for books and book-like things to be sold through the iBookstore and not as apps anyway.

    6. Philip Zimmermann on April 9, 2013

      Hi Greg, although I understand that the format that you are exporting for is e-pub/e-book, I don't know enough about the different restrictions on size mentioned below in your note to Evvan. Let's say that you want to produce for iPad, do the page dimensions have to then be sized exactly for the iPad screen dimensions for there to be no page re-flow to the next page? Also is there a way that your software will allow one to export as an iPad App so that it could be sold specifically for the iPad at the Apple store? (You can see I don't know that much about producing e-books.)

    7. Toni Matlock on April 9, 2013

      Oh, and ditto what Jess said.

    8. Hol Art Books Creator on April 9, 2013

      Thanks everyone!

      Evvan, good question, and a fundamental one to e-book publishing. This will become more apparent by the time we launch, but in the .epub e-book format we're working in, if there's more content (text, images or whatever) than fits on one page, it will automatically flow to a new page. It's really the e-reading devices themselves that control that re-flowing to fit their particular screens, however, there are definitely ways to achieve certain results and to maximize your readers' experiences across many devices.

      William, that's a tricky one for .epub and for our tool, but a good challenge. Would almost certainly require some tinkering under the hood. We'll talk!

      Jess, "no eyeball shrapnel", check! :)

    9. William Evertson on April 9, 2013

      Great work and I can't wait to make my first piece on this platform. The project I have in mind is a graphic novel. Currently my work has a collaged look to it. I'm hoping that I'll be able to keep that look, specifically; will we be able to have a background image that we could paste jpgs or gifs on top of?

    10. Evvan Burke on April 9, 2013

      Do you need to size each of the pages yourself?
      I was interested in making an illustrated storybook, but it would be primarily text focused and not every page would have a picture. If there's more text than will fit on one page, will the Peoples E-Book make a new page by default or just cut it off? And is there anyway I can plan ahead for this?

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      Gerrit Band on April 9, 2013

      That is what I am waiting for, I will start preparing my first book. Thank you!

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      alka puri on April 9, 2013

      thanks, sounds so simple.

    13. jess smart smiley on April 8, 2013

      This looks fantastic! My one hope is that the crazy tv static will be replaced by something that won't leave visual shrapnel in my eyeballs.

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      Beth Howe on April 8, 2013

      Thanks for keep us updated on how the build-out is going. Really looking forward to the final results!

    15. Abigail Howard on April 8, 2013

      Let's see the writing part!!!