Tag Archives: Ebooks

Speech-To-Text Recognition Software: Writing Made Simple!

Don and Derek

The Book Kahuna and his Corgi, Derek!

The Book Kahuna

Now as I may have mentioned in a blog post before, I am definitely a gadget guy. I think technology is here to help us in any way, shape or form and to make various actions in our lives much easier than in days past. I am not the greatest typist in the world, and when it comes to writing blog posts it could take me roughly 2 hours to put down a couple of hundred words and get them up on my blog. I’ve been thinking about using some of the speech to text recognition software that is out on the market to speed the process.

I Speak, Therefore I Am

I’m not here to endorse any products but I just wanted to go through some of the occurrences as I have been using various software products to get to a finished blog post. Now in going through the Laptop Millionaire’s methodology, Mark Anastasi suggested that the speech-to-text software to use is the free Audacity software that you can download very easily. Unfortunately I was unable to get the Audacity software to download and extract on my laptop. So much for using Audacity as my speech-to-text software of choice.

My best friend advised me that if I had Microsoft Office 2007 there was built-in speech-to-text recognition software within the office utilities. I was overjoyed to hear this and thought that all of my problems would be solved by using this tool in the Microsoft Office Suite of utilities. I went into control panel, found the ease of access tab, then found the speech-to-text recognition and started to set up my microphone for immediate use. There might be an issue with this particular office tool being from the 2007 Microsoft Office Suite instead of the 2010 Microsoft Office Suite. The tool itself in the software may have been advanced to be more receptive to understanding particular words and phrases  in the 2010 version than in the 2007 version. I found myself continuously dictating and proofing lines, which was a drag on the time it takes to get a 500 to 700 word blog post completed. I knew that if I got to the point where I could just speak and my words would be written I could greatly increase the speed with which I completed blog posts and I could get them out for public viewing in half the time.

Rhymes with “Wagon”

A few months ago I started to see commercials on cable television about a new speech-to-text dictating software called Dragon. The speech to text recognition in the commercials gave me the impression that this software was highly skilled at picking up all the nuances of any and all dictated speech patterns. There are many products where the commercials are not truly reflective of the product in use, but after 2 to 3 months of watching and struggling with the Microsoft speech-to-text software I decided to take the plunge and pick up the Dragon software. Since I am in the process of doing 40 blog posts in 40 days, I thought the time was right to kickstart my dictation process and get my blog posts completed in a much quicker fashion. I could not have made a better decision.

Click— http://tinyurl.com/lama53t– Click

The Electronic/Digital Revolution in Book Publishing:  History, Industry Perspective (Print and E-book) and “How To” Publish Your E-book for Amazon Kindle

After initial installation from a downloaded file, the Dragon software had me read through a couple of passages of text at varying degrees of difficulty.  The first one was John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Speech, and the other being an excerpt from a Dilbert spin-off book about Dogbert’s management style. After completing these two and training my dictation software I can honestly say I’ve found the way to knock off blog posts in a very quick and succinct fashion. I now have the ability to spend a weekend to write the better part of an e-book that I can now place for sale on Amazon. I can knock off 10 articles very quickly. I can use my dictation software to write articles and copy for outside individuals.

CLICK IT!!—> http://tiny.cc/bookkahuna1<——- CLICK IT!!

Follow me on Twitter:        @thebookkahuna

Subscribe to my YouTube Channel:     http://www.youtube.com/user/TheSkootdad

The Future is NOW

Dictation software like Dragon is not an option in this day and age for anyone who is going to be writing and authoring content for mass dissemination. It is not an option because it is a necessity.  I am extremely happy with the software.

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Americans Read More Ebooks in 2013

Don and Derek

The Book Kahuna and his Corgi, Derek!

The Book Kahuna

http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2014/more-americans-now-reading-ebooks-new-pew-data-show/

I recently read the article on the digitalbookworld website by Jeremy Greenfield: More Americans Reading Ebooks, New Pew Data Show and thought that this would be a great blogpost now that the new year has begun in earnest.  First let me say it is refreshing to hear that Americans are reading at all.  This in no way is meant to be a slap at the American public, the rationale concerns all of the different pastimes that conspire to eat up more of American’s free-time.  Those who read an e-book in 2013 rose from 23% to 28% of the American public.  Although the print book industry is still the largest in the publishing world, the Ebook market in 2013 again saw an increase in sales of 2.2%

Reading is Fundamental

Although the consumption of e-books has increased the actual sale of Ebooks in 2013 was flat.  This arena of flatness would be inclusive of large publishing companies, and would not be indicative of all the self-published Ebooks that were produced and sold in 2013.  The fact that 50% of American adults now own a tablet or Ereader is an indicator that the future of Ebooks is all but certain to be bright.  This article did not say anything about where the Ebooks were obtained but only that there was an increase of Ebooks that were read in 2013.  That may mean that subscription based services such as Oyster and Scribd are getting more traction in the Ebook world than previously recognized.  Another avenue of Ebook transmission to consumers would be the public library.  We don’t know how many people have read Ebooks that they signed out from their local public library.  My guess would be in this economic climate that more Americans have been getting Ebooks through their public library then had been originally predicted.

Click— http://tinyurl.com/lama53t– Click

The Electronic/Digital Revolution in Book Publishing:  History, Industry Perspective (Print and E-book) and “How To” Publish Your E-book for Amazon Kindle

Children’s Books are Read

Children are also reading more Ebooks but their ability is constrained by economic realities.  Children who are born into more economically hard-shipped families will be less inclined to have Ebooks and Ebook readers readily available.  Those at the higher end of the economic levels are much more apt to have the readers and tablets that would make downloading and accessing Ebooks readily available.  The fact that half of the American population now owns a tablet or Ereader will mean Americans reading Ebooks should begin to skyrocket as 2014 progresses.  This does not mean that sales of Ebooks will increase just that those who have the ability to have an Ereader available to them will be able to read an Ebook if they choose to.

CLICK IT!!—> http://tiny.cc/bookkahuna1<——- CLICK IT!!

Follow me on Twitter:        @thebookkahuna

Subscribe to my YouTube Channel:     http://www.youtube.com/user/TheSkootdad

What do We Know and How Do We Know It?

What have we learned from this research?  The first thing we can ascertain is that the print industry is not going to be going away anytime soon.  The second thing we can figure on is that Ebooks sales will continue to grow but possibly not at the rate that Ebooks are being read and consumed.  The Ereaders that are already out in the field will reap high gains in Ebook readers.  With many Americans still unemployed the number of Ebooks read that were borrowed from the public library could skyrocket.  This is not necessarily a bad thing since most public libraries are workforce centers that are heavily utilized by the unemployed labor force in this country.  It would be much more heartening to see the number 2 as the average number of books read per American per year, rather than the number 1.  Only time will tell if sales and consumption will merge into one and the same statistic going forward into the future.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Enhanced Ebooks: Could This Be The Future of Ebook Publishing?

Don and Derek

The Book Kahuna and his Corgi, Derek!

The Book Kahuna

http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2013/giving-up-on-enhanced-ebooks-too-soon/

What is an Enhanced Ebook Anyway?

I recently read the article on the digital book world website by David Wilk: Giving Up On Enhanced Ebooks Too Soon, and decided that this type of article was worthy of a blogpost on exactly what an enhanced Ebook might look like, especially in the world of reference publishing.  I think Mr. Wilk makes some valid points that publishers are hesitant to invest in this latest innovation in publishing technology.  I personally do not think that publishers will be shelving this formatting process, but it may take longer to become the norm rather than the exception.

In reference publishing the ability to incorporate video into the content would be an incredible boon for accelerating the learning process.  Not only could students read a speech by Churchill or FDR or Jack Kennedy, they could also click on the URL or thumbnail inserted into the content that would allow them to see the actual speech verbatim.  Also, video and news clips of historical events could be inserted as well and give the student a more accessible sensory experience to completely heighten the learning experience.  For a very long time I have seen this as the wave of the future for Ebooks.  Making the Ebook a multi-technical formatted content platform could have a wide-ranging impact on how well students learn material.

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Move Fish?

Another area that would be hugely impacted by the advent of enhanced Ebooks would be the children’s book area.  If you can start producing electronic pop-up books where children can touch a character and an animated process would begin or make a character do certain movements, this modified touch-screen revolution would accelerate the learning process for those under five years old.  This children’s book technical revolution would be a leader into the learning process for the modified enhanced Ebooks referenced above.  Once children are comfortable with the process of touch-screen learning, this could be the foundation that will allow them to pick up information in a much faster and more reliable way.  The main thing about touch-screen learning would be that the element of fun would still be apparent as the child grows into an older student.  Any learning tool that can access more senses is pushing the envelope to a much broader and faster educational system.

If it sells, we will make it so…

The companies that produce the readers have not been moving in the direction of pushing E-books with enhanced features.  This may be due to the fact that Amazon’s Kindle Fire could handle enhanced Ebooks, the Apple iPad would be an amazing platform for enhanced Ebooks, but Barnes &Noble and the Nook do not have a platform that would support enhanced Ebooks very well.  As Mr. Wilk made clear in his article, Apple could lead the way in revolutionizing this technology that would fit well into an iPad environment.  These companies are the distributors for the Ebooks that the publishers produce.  If publishers started to produce a large volume of enhanced Ebooks the mindset might change with the device and distribution companies.  As with anything when dealing with large companies there will not be an impetus to move forward in this direction until there is a recognizable profit and revenue generating reason to make sure that these Ebooks can be used on these devices.

You have to get this book from Amazon:

CLICK HERE!!!—->The Electronic/Digital Revolution in Book Publishing<—-CLICK HERE!!!

Carnac Says:…

My prediction: It is only a matter of time before enhanced Ebooks become the norm.  It only follows that the technology has surpassed the expectations of the mass consuming market.  I leave you with this question:  If we have electronic books in the marketplace why would we want them to be mirror images of the print product when technology can take them in so many other different directions?

Become a Subscriber:

CLICK IT!!—> http://tiny.cc/bookkahuna1<——- CLICK IT!!

Follow me on Twitter:   @thebookkahuna

5 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

The Book Kahuna’s Video Week in Review

Don and Derek

The Book Kahuna and his Corgi, Derek!

LinkedIn

I started out the week with a review of one of the best networking tools out in internet-land that can give you great visibility in your industry:

Publishing

I next talked about all the ways that content is being disseminated through a publishing platform:

Publishing Companies

I gave an overview of the various publishing companies and how they differ but also how they are similar, even stating my favorite company that I have worked for in my career:

Ebook Subscription Services

I vlogged about Oyster and eReatah and how they are innovating different ways to get electronic content out to the consuming marketplace:

Ebook on Amazon Kindle

Finally for this week I gave a brief overview of how to get an Ebook through the process from manuscript to Ebook for loading in an Amazon Kindle download environment:

A great week!  Don’t forget to sign up and subscribe to my YouTube channel to get all the publishing daily updates on The Book Kahuna TV.

Become a Subscriber:

CLICK IT!!—> http://tiny.cc/bookkahuna1<——- CLICK IT!!

CLICK HERE!!!—->The Electronic/Digital Revolution in Book Publishing<—-CLICK HERE!!!

Follow me on Twitter at:  Donald Schmidt@thebookkahuna

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Questionable #Amazon Reviews: Do They Matter in the Larger Scheme?

Don and Derek

The Book Kahuna and his Corgi, Derek!

http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2013/exploring-the-murky-waters-of-unreliable-consumer-book-reviews/

I read with interest the article on the digital book world website (Exploring the Murky Waters of Unreliable Consumer Book Reviews by Jack W. Perry) about the questionable reviews on Amazon.  The query that I had in my mind is whether these reviews are hurtful or helpful in the marketplace.  There are two distinct trains of thought on this question of reviews:

  1. The reviews must be at a rating level of three or above on this scale to engender more readers to look into a title.
  2. A bad book review is the death-knell for a new author who is trying to get a viral buzz in his chosen genre.

This begs the old philosophical question in marketing: Does a bad review still engender people to look into the possibility of buying a book even though others may think it is not worth the cost?  I tend to think that any publicity can be good publicity whether it is critical or complimentary.  There have been plenty of instances in the recent past where books and movies have been panned by critics and also by critical audiences, and still the book or movie was a success in the marketplace based on consumers’ purchasing preferences.  The more insidious part of the review process is where people are buying reviews to prop up their numbers and make it look like their book is actually critically acclaimed in the marketplace.  This would border on cheating, and even worse a fraud on the book buying public.

CLICK IT!!—> http://tiny.cc/bookkahuna1<——- CLICK IT!!

I think the consuming public has come to the point where they realize they can’t believe everything they read or see on the Internet.  In many different ways, the Internet has become a great clearinghouse for information that can be deemed to be questionable.  The book buying public has to be aware already that when a book or Ebook comes out on Amazon or in the iBookstore for Apple the author has probably had many of his friends and family members read and write some of the reviews that are placed onto the web site.  There is a reverse psychology in the mentality of the purchasing public that tends to make them think “I need to find out for myself. “  It is this thought process that drives consumers to make purchases on books you would never think they would buy.

Another aspect to ponder is the relationship with the buying public and the reliability of the information contained on the Internet.  There have been many times in the recent past where I have seen the phrase “I saw it on the Internet so it has to be true” used as the punch-line of a joke.  If the Internet was looked upon as a reliable source of information, jokes of this sort would not be able to get a laugh when mentioned in TV commercials or on television shows.  The Internet is a repository of information that leaves everyone to ponder and wonder whether they have received the correct information when accessing websites on given topics.  There do not appear to be any plans to replace the present rating system with something else, and this question about the rating system will continue as long as there is anonymity in place behind those who are actually making the critical reviews.

In conclusion, be a smart consumer and read parts of the book before you make your purchase.  Product scanning can be done before downloading an Ebook for an Amazon Kindle by reading the 10% excerpt, but even more easily accomplished on a print title when visiting a bookstore or public library.  To give a great plug to the public library system, I suggest you go and take the book out of the library and either read it in total or read selected chapters to get a feel for whether the book is worth your spending dollars.  Being an educated consumer is always preferable to not having any information on a product for purchase.

CLICK HERE!!!—->The Electronic/Digital Revolution in Book Publishing<—-CLICK HERE!!!

Follow me on Twitter at:  Donald Schmidt@thebookkahuna

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

The Week that Was… eBooks, CIPA, eReatah and Softball

Don and Derek

The Book Kahuna and his Corgi, Derek!

The Corner Office

I started out the week with the definition of the “Corner Office” and what steps you can take to move up the ladder…

Softball

I talked about ways to get ahead by utilizing company offered extra-curricular activities like softball and volleyball…

Copyediting

I went into detail about why a good copyedit is essential for the marketability of the book project…

Layoffs

I gave the scenario that sometime during the course of a career, you will get laid off and how to approach the situation…

Flexibility

I gave a personal account of why flexibility is so important to anyone who aspires to get ahead in a publishing environment…

Digital Workflow- Phase I

I gave an account of the first functions that need to occur in an electronic/digital workflow environment…

CIPA

Meeting information, and it is on Blake Street and not Blaich Street!!

Mentors

I gave personal accounts of why mentors are so important and who those mentors should be.  I also cited 2 examples of my mentors and gave accounts why they were mentors…

Blogging

Finally, I gave an account of why I blog, how blogging can enhance your visibility for a book project or a career, and how other social media can be integrated into the blogging regimen…

It’s been a great week!  We’ll start it up again next week with more publishing tips from The Book Kahuna!

Twitter:  @thebookkahuna

CLICK HERE!!–> http://tiny.cc/bookkahuna1 <– CLICK HERE!!

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Ebook Sales: Marketing to Leisure Time Is Key

Don and Derek

The Book Kahuna and his Corgi, Derek!

http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2013/ebook-revenue-growth-stalling-out-ebooks-flat-in-january/

In his article on the Digital Book World website: Ebook Revenue Growth Stalling Out?  Ebooks Flat in January, Jeremy Greenfield encapsulates all the numbers that give a surprising downturn in the sales figures from the meteoric run of 2011 and 2012.  I think there is an explanation for this change in revenue patterns which I will expound on now.

What Ever Happened to That Cute Couple?

A few years ago, the Kindle and the Kindle II were the unchallenged kings of the e-reader domain.  Amazon was the place to go if you wanted to get your favorite new title or many free backlist titles downloaded for your reading pleasure.  The television was rife with those cute ads with the couple in which the guy had all the answers and the girl was usually asking the questions.  You know the ones I mean…

Once the Kindle (and when I say Kindle I am referring to all iterations of the device) started to have some competition from the Nook, and then extreme competition from the Ipad, the playing field changed and the cutesy commercials disappeared.  This is an extremely regrettable phenomenon because I really wanted to find out what happened with their story.  Did the guy switch to an Ipad and dump her for someone who was a Gamer?  Did she leave him for a guy who was a B & N fan with a Nook?

Television and YouTube Marketing?

Herein lies part of the equation:  Although most people living in the United States have heard of an Ebook, without any Marketing strategy by the main Ebook distributors, there is no imprint in the consciousness of the buying public that any of the players are really pushing the sales.  I have not seen a commercial by Amazon, B & N, or Apple specifically aimed at the book-buying audience.

“In January, the latest month for which data is available, ebook revenue was up 0.7% to $130.2 million, according to the latest numbers from the Association of American Publishers. Adult trade across the board was down 1.5% to $503.1 million.”

Now, when I went onto YouTube to find these commercials, there were a gaggle of other commercials that I had never even seen before.  Where are these commercials playing?  And given the demise of the dedicated reader due to the incredible sales surge of tablets in the recent year (I own a Kindle II, but I bought an Ipad with retina display in April!), there is no wonder that the number of people actually seeing the commercials has dropped through the floor.

Leisure Time for Reading:  Buy and Download Now!

The next phase of the Electronic/Digital Revolution (part of the title of my Ebook, available for Kindle download at Amazon and through the Kindle App on the Ipad:

The Electronic/Digital Revolution in Book Publishing

Will be a marketing blitz, but will not rely solely on books to push the sales of the tablet.  The Ipad ad above just barely has a quick view of books you can read on the device in the beginning.  There are so many other things that you can do with the tablets, that the point must be driven home:

  1.  You can buy your favorite Ebooks and new Ebooks through the sales portal and read them LATER!  Having them is the key.  Do everything you need to do on your tablet, and then read your book at your leisure.  Leisure time for self-reflection and advancement through reading will increase future sales.

Time for me to continue reading on my Ipad, after I watch the Yankees/Dodgers game on the MLB App…

Follow me on Twitter at:  Donald Schmidt@thebookkahuna

Happy 71st Birthday Paul McCartney!

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized