Electric Book Works Web, mobile and print publications


We think deeply about publishing: what traditions do we build on, where can we innovate, and how do we improve our craft? Here we share some of that journey.

How are your book files backed up?

Many teams struggle to keep their production content safe and accessible. Archiving properly is hard. We’ve been making books for clients for thirteen years, and we hold ourselves to a high standard. Everything we produce is carefully archived and backed up online, offline, and off-site. Read more

Serial adventures in publishing technology

A conversation with John Pettigrew about Arthur Attwell’s adventures in publishing technology Read more

Changing fast and slow: the evolution of tech in book publishing

Is publishing technology really changing the book industry? Widespread change in publishing is actually really slow. We’re years from seeing a tipping point from traditional to digital-first systems, but the pressure is building. Read more

Fire and Lion joins Electric Book Works

This is a small, happy announcement: Fire and Lion is joining Electric Book Works. Actually, the two businesses already share the same team. We’re really just changing the name on the door. … Read more

Publishing research in useful formats

By publishing important research in website, ebook, print and PDF forms, education non-profit Saide massively increased the effectiveness of their research for only a 10 per cent increase in costs. Read more

Book production with CSS Paged Media

When we make books in multiple formats – print, epub, website, and app – we use HTML and CSS even for print layout. In this presentation to a PagedMedia.org meeting in Boston recently, I describe some of what we do, and talk about some of the challenges we’re tackling. Read more

Producing The Economy: a case study in multi-format book production

Very rarely, a book-maker gets to add new tricks to the 500-year-old craft of book-making. We got to do that in producing The Economy. Read more

I love you, InDesign, but it’s time to let you go

I love you, InDesign, but it’s time to let you go. We just can’t be together in a multi-format world. Read more

Three things every editor should know about modern publishing

Today, every passage you edit will sooner or later be read on screen. This digital world desperately needs our craft and high standards, but what does that mean for our daily work? Read more

The dilemma in self-publishing

What self-publishers miss is not skill, but the relationship between an author and a publisher. Read more