Thanks ebookcraft

Spoiler: to some extent, this is a love letter to the people organizing and attending ebookcraft.

To me, ebookcraft has always been the gold standard. And oh boy was I right! To paraphrase Simon Collinson, “Thanks to everyone involved in #ebookcraft for putting on a fantastic conference: invigorating, interesting, challenging, and fun.”

I’ll never forget ebookcraft… and it means a lot to me. I’ll always remember the conference as the event I met a lot of passionate and dedicated people like Derrick Schultz, Nick Barreto, Simon Collinson, Tobias Fischer, Iris Amelia, Jens Tröger and so many more — sorry if I didn’t mention you.

I’ll also remember having a chat with Dave Cramer while walking down the streets of Toronto before eating poutine with Tommy Hodgins — please import Smoke’s Poutinerie to France.

I had a damn good time talking about France and metal bands with Ron Bilodeau—remember Ron, we accepted the challenge.

It was a pleasure to have Dave Cramer — yeah, again — as a guest during my workshop. Initial-letter FTW.

It was an honor to be introduced by Joshua Tallent during my workshop—should you come live in France, don’t choose Paris, really, Lyon is cool, I can fully guarantee you that.

(BTW, here are the slides and the workshop in a tweetshell. I hope you liked it if you attended it. And sorry again for the jetlag.)

And oh yeah, I was glued to Micah Bowers’ and Charles LaPierre’s talks, amongst others — all workshops and talks were simply outstanding.

And needless to say I am thankful to the organizers, not just Laura Brady and Lauren Stewart but the whole Booknet Canada’s team, for making that happen. It’s been a blast!

Ebookcraft is not just about ebooks, it’s about the #eprdctn community, the people in the trenches, their past, their present and their future. It’s really about making the world a slightly better place through ebooks production and publishing, naïve as that may sound.

Simply put, if you’re doing ebooks, ebookcraft is the place to be. And I mean it, I wish there were such an event in Europe, because it proves you what you’re doing is appreciated and everyone has a role to play.

And it’s worth noting that ebookcraft is not just about ebooks, it’s about digital publishing too e.g. web books & al.

I don’t know what’s next for me because e-production has become pretty hardcore in France and it’s more and more difficult to make a living doing ebooks—looks like DRM is all the rage right now, especially when it comes to Sony’s money, and ideas are not. But I must admit ebookcraft kind of made me reconsider my decision to quit.

Surely is there some way to stay in that field but working out the details is more difficult than I thought?

I’ve been wanting to work on Reading Systems for years because this is how you can make a significant impact but feel free to contact me for anything else, as long as the job doesn’t require getting my hands dirty (e.g. having to write CSS and JS for Reading Systems because that’s frustrating and tiring — browsers are OK).

Anyways, I am proud to have been actively involved in this community because I fucking love all the people who make it up.

Thanks ebookcraft… and see you again if all goes well!