Just Launched!: Please consider supporting the Kickstarter campaign to fund the development of The People’s E-Book, a free, web-based e-book publishing tool currently under development as a conceptual and technical collaboration between Greg Albers of Hol Art Books (Tuscon, AZ) and Oliver Wise and Eleanor Hanson of The Present Group (Oakland, CA).
Eleanor and Oliver are old friends from San Francisco whose longtime work as The Present Group I consider to be some of the most promising (not to mention, under-recognized) digital investigations into the confluence of art, commerce, and the social web going. Period. (I even host my own website with The Present Group!) I know Greg through his work as the publisher of Hol Art Books, an ambitious little e-book publishing company based in Tuscon, AZ. Back in September, the four of us converged in Seattle for a panel on creative thinking in museum digital strategy at the Museum Computer Network conference. Just months later, I was thrilled to hear that the three had forged a collaboration to build a free, web-based publishing tool—one that I’m all but certain will help demystify the e-book publishing process for artists, small presses, and others interested in trying their hand at e-bookmaking. I’m truly looking forward to test driving The People’s E-Book tool as a means of realizing the next phase in my own personal publishing history.