Creative is in Detail

March 14th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Spine of the Americanized Encylopedia Britannica
Spine of the Americanized Encylopedia Britannica

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I spent some time last weekend creating my first e-book. I’ve done hardcopy books before, but e-pub is a new thing for me.

Converting couple thousand pages of text into a book that I can read on my iPhone was fun, and it remembered me just how much work goes into getting all the details just right. If you don’t do them, it’s not a book anymore – table of contents, named index, both cross-linked to correct pages, cover design, font sizes, headers and footers,… as a reader, i really appreciate these ‘features’, and I miss them when they are not in.

As I was programming these features (because doing it manually in some Adobe software would be just too long give the size of the book), I realized that it’s not much different than programming a web site – getting core content online is easy, but these days to actually call it a website, it has to have so many more features working hand in hand with the content, that it takes 5x longer to do it than it did 10 years ago.

and I realized it’s the same with any creative industry / work – there’s so many details in every good picture or motion picture, that a random viewer can’t really grasp, but she will nevertheless recognize ‘good’ from ‘bad’ based on them. Print is just the oldest ‘industrialized’ creative industry, and web the youngest.

This is why this is sad news – there will never be as much effort put into making such large volume so useful, as EB was for over 200 years.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Gives Up On Print Edition

Encyclopaedia Britannica will stop publishing print editions and go digital-only – a huge step for the encyclopedia which has been in print since 1768. The sales of Britannica print editions has been on the decline since 1990, when 120,000 32-volume sets were sold.

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how big is twitter vs the web

February 23rd, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

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today Twitter will get it’s 500Mth user, and that facebook is way past that for a year already.

it’s fascinating in a way, that almost 10% of the population of the world is tweeting, but then i noticed another information: WordPress now powers over 60 million blogs, 16% of all websites. (business.financialpost.com)

this is amazing % for one single cms, but what really surprised me, is that it seems there is really just 400M websites out there in the web. i kind of assumed there has to be more than that.

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What is Google Panda – Awesome Infographic

February 10th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

What is Google Panda – Awesome Infographic

Here is an interesting Infographic by Single Grain explains Google Panda in plan English. See how Google Panda update provides a huge incentive to produce good content, and protect the search engines and the internet from spammers. Learn more about what can hurt your blog and how to do good link building.

via: www.famousbloggers.net

I love the comforting effect good infographic can have on panicked consumers. if only our government would understand that and start producing them instead of just full texts of laws.

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