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Subcompact Publishing

You've got a problem if your ebook requires user instructions

I’m a kitchen sink guy. When I want to improve something my first thought is to add to it, ultimately creating a product that has everything but the kitchen sink.

I’m not alone. All the bloatware on our computers proves most software companies believe “improvement” means “added features.” But as Google shows every day on their search page, simple is sometimes the best approach.

I had the pleasure of attending Craig Mod‘s “Subcompact Publishing” session at last month’s Books in Browsers event. Craig talked about how our industry is often enamored with adding more features and functionality to create the next big thing. We dream of building gas-guzzling, luxury sedans with more chrome and buttons than last year’s models while consumers are showing a strong interest in economy vehicles.

Craig’s presentation is embedded below and I highly recommend you take the time to view it. And as you watch, think about how many products you’ve seen that were just like The Homer, my favorite example in Craig’s presentation.

P.S. — I caught up with Craig shortly after his Books in Browsers presentation and asked him a few follow-up questions in this brief interview.

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  • BillSeitz

    I hope that Otaku Facebook-publisher has their transition process in place now that they’re suddenly not reaching all their Fans. http://webseitz.fluxent.com/wiki/z2012-10-26-FacebookEdgerankFilteringVsBrands

  • http://twitter.com/annehill Anne Hill

    Very cool presentation. I can think of about 10 projects that would work great with a subcompact publishing model!