Wednesday, March 16, 2011


So I bought my own domain name and moved my blog over to Check it out!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Been out of touch

I've been very, very bad about posting on my blog. Some of it is laziness and some of it has been busyness. I've also been working on the blog I do for my company.

Here is the link to that blog:

I promise to be more diligent in the coming weeks with posting.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Buying E-books, article from

Just read this post on this morning about e-book sales and thought it spoke to the same thing Heather wrote about in her guest post. Particularly this part:

 “What we’re seeing now is that if a book gets a good review, it gets a faster lift on the digital side than it does on the physical side because people who have e-readers can buy and read it immediately.” (said Frank Albanese, a senior vice president at HarperCollins.)

I linked the title to the post so you could read the whole post on

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Mockingjay (A guest post)

This is a guest post by my good friend Heather! She so kindly gives us an inside look at her decision about whether or not to buy the e-book or the hardback of Mockingjay. Thanks Heather!


As you may have heard, the third book in Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy (written for young adults), entitled Mockingjay, was released this morning at 12:01 a.m., to be specific.

Now, I’m in my twenties, but I gotta say that I’m beyond psyched about Mockingjay. I need to know: Will Katniss lead the resistance that seems to be forming around her? What is up with District 13 and will it be the haven to Kat & Co. that Earth always seemed to the Colonials in Battlestar Galactica? And last but certainly not least, will Katniss choose her best friend and fellow hunter, Gale, or the boy who’s loved her from afar for years? I know what I’m hoping for (Team Gale ftw!), but what’s yours?

Amid all this anticipation, I had to make a choice--run out to the local B&N after work today, pre-order from Amazon and hope it arrived on time (after all, you don’t want to risk getting spoiled!), or pre-order the e-book from Kindle on my iPhone? Just for the sake of convenience (not to mention the good price), I ordered from Amazon. But when I learned that it wouldn’t arrive until later in the week (at which time I would be out of the country on vacation), I had to go for the e-book as well. I do still want a physical copy, but I must say that the ability to start reading at 12:01 today was worth it to me. And the best part? I’ve only paid $16 for both. Nice.

How are you getting your copy (or copies) of Mockingjay?

Friday, August 6, 2010

I'm excited about books because

Guy LeCharles Gonzalez wrote a post on Digital Bookworld asking people to answer the questions, "I'm excited about books because...".

This is what I posted in response:
I’m excited about books because…they help me relax! It’s nice to be able to escape from your own worries from time to time and books are the best vehicle for this. Whether an e-book or a regular book, books are here to stay!

I hope that he gets many responses because books are here to stay and the experience of reading can only be improved with feedback--especially as we move into ebooks and all the new technology  and media that goes along with them is developed. I can't wait to see how they evolve!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Trying to Jump into e-book design!

During the day, between all the other print design I do, I am always thinking about e-book design. I know I need to incorporate it into the workflow but trying to figure out how is taking me forever and I feel so clumsy.

The resources online are endless of course! On Twitter, I've been enjoying all the #eprdctn folks and learn something every time I log in. I have been so thrilled to find @lizcastro -- loved her #eprdctn chat today with @tinahender. Liz's great tips are really helping me get some ideas about how to do e-books--through her blog and Twitter posts. Blogs are fabulous--I just saw a post on sorodesign's site ( about designing apps. What a great field to break into! That put my mind in a whole new direction.

Formatting becomes even more complicated, because then of course is the question of which reader will  come out on top in the war since it affects file format so much. I haven't figured out how people decide which reader to design for--maybe it's like other things in life--You have to pick one and jump in! I am ashamed to say I haven't spent a lot of time around any of them--just heard the reviews and seen the news about what others think. I know I need to invest some time in playing around with all of them.

Which reader do you recommend? Do you design for just one of them or create several different files for different readers?

Friday, July 16, 2010

Create Space author interview on

I was really glad to learn some more about Create Space from a post on I've been curious who the main type of author using it is and also was curious how good their services were. This was especially interesting:

"Watch out for how you spend your money. Some of the services from CreateSpace or others may be performed by low-level workers (“$10 college students”) and billed at professional rates."

The numerous mentions of how important an editor is was really reinforcing of the article I read on Digital Book  World today about the same topic.

Great post Joel!