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GETTING HISTORY PUBLISHED
Association of Public Historians
for the 2007 Fall Conference 10/22-24 2007
I believe that APHNYS should provide a website for all historians to upload their research to - each with their own town page - that would include links to any official town or county site they may be posting material to now. That would qualify as filling the "publish" portion of their jobs. APHNYS should also hold the umbrella ISBN numbers that each historian could use if they choose to print their research.
Research can be published in various ways:
- to a website
- to a blog
- as an ebook (.epub or .pdf)
- on a CDROM or DVD
- as a book or pamphlet
If publishing to a website, a basic understanding of HTML coding and a what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) web page program would be helpful. I use FrontPage, but it is being phased out by Microsoft, and you Mac users wouldn't use it anyway. Ideally, the web space provided by APHNYS would have a user friendly interface so you wouldn't need to know HTML coding, or a webmaster to convert your digital files to HTML. BUT - in the real world - until that happens a web page generating program is a good idea. Freeware (no charge) and shareware (modest cost) software are available to download from www.tucows.com I recommend the $49 CoffeeCup HTML Editor 2007 but there are many others to consider there.
The advantage to web publishing is that color images and sound files can be included in your publication at no cost, greatly enhancing the appearance and acceptance of your work. Audio and video files, so often used to record local history, can be incorporated into your text - with photographs - to create a visually stunning and important chronicle of your local history.
You could also create a blog. Blogs are easy-to-use web sites, where you can quickly post thoughts, interact with people, and more for FREE.
When publishing as a ebook you must first decide which format you will use, epub or pdf.
epub is an open standard that can be played in any ebook reader and is recommended
Ebooks can be downloadable from the web (ideal) to a "reader" or computer, or available on a CDROM or DVD to read on a computer.
For hard copies, I believe that New York historians should use New York printers for their projects. I use a printer 10 miles from my shop (TriState Litho, Kingston, NY) because shipping is a large part of a project's cost if you use a distant printer, and having an office local enough to "pop" into is a real asset when communicating the complex details of a book project.
Brochures, postcards, and rack cards are all viable projects for Historians to consider, and at least the first two qualify as publishing history.
Finally consider the implications of reprinting historical documents. Are they already in print or available online or CDROM? I've had historical societies put copies of complete books online that I have in print, directly impacting the value of my book and my income. Be sure things are out-of-print before you put them online or reprint them. Also, research the copyright to be sure you are protected.
The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) is the trade and standards association for the digital publishing industry.
.epub" is the file extension of an XML format for reflowable digital books and publications. ".epub" is composed of three open standards, the Open Publication Structure (OPS), Open Packaging Format (OPF) and Open Container Format (OCF), produced by the IDPF. ".epub" allows publishers to produce and send a single digital publication file through distribution and offers consumers interoperability between software/hardware for unencrypted reflowable digital books and other publications.
Ebook readers and software website
Publisher's Weekly article on EPublishing
PDF and eBooks: Linking Form and Content
ADOBE Ebooks Central
CoffeeCup HTML Editor 2007
HTML Guideline and tutorial
RSS Tutorial for Content Publishers
DIGITAL FORMATTING FOR PRINT
Get a quote for your printed book
On demand book printing
Self Publishing IUniverse
Epigraph Publishing Services
POSTCARDS & BROCHURES
Print Direct for less
US Government Copyright Office
TriState Litho - in Kingston NY <- I use this one
IBT Global - in Troy NY
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