Category Archives: publishing

Cutting communication to the bone

One of the Ngaio Press books I sell by mailorder is WOOL: a history of New Zealand’s wool industry. I co-wrote it with Bill Carter and published it ten years ago. There are a few cartons left and while it’s … Continue reading

Posted in publishing | Leave a comment

Cultural misunderstandings in a Chinese printing plant

When I need top quality printing for Ngaio Press at an affordable price, I usually head for Asia. When it’s full colour and hardback, there’s no sensible alternative. While I like to support local printers, they cost twice as much. … Continue reading

Posted in Ngaio Press, Printing, publishing | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Is it any wonder people are switching to ebooks?

Norwegian crimewriter Jo Nesbo is in Wellington for the New Zealand Arts Festival’s Readers and Writers Week and he’s making a splash on radio and television. Tomorrow there’s an in-store ‘Meet Jo Nesbo’ at Whitcoulls, where attendees can pick up … Continue reading

Posted in e-publishing, ebooks, epublishing, Kindle, publishing | Tagged | 1 Comment

Two pro level graphics apps for the iPad

The iPad is becoming useful for professional graphics work. Originally it was no great shakes because the iPad tended to work with low resolution images (1024×768) and adjustments you made to photos naturally also emerged at low resolution. Now we’re … Continue reading

Posted in Photography, publishing | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

eBooks and the iPad – implications for publishers

There’s much talk overseas about the new Apple iPad taking over from established e-readers like the Amazon Kindle, and finally persuading the masses to read books on an electronic tablet instead of paper. This may or may not be correct, … Continue reading

Posted in Computers, e-publishing, iPad, publishing, Tablets | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Bursting into print again

My new book comes off the printing press this week. Compared to my other books it’s minimal, at 11,000 words and 40 pages. But a lot of work went into it, and not just the recent writing and layout. It’s … Continue reading

Posted in family history, Genealogy, publishing, writing | 1 Comment