Version 2 Announcement, and a New Blog
Some big changes have been happening at Nantucket E-Books™. First, I had an amazing time talking at LibrePlanet 2022, about the importance of ethical e-books. I met some interesting people, who I have now followed on Fosstodon.
Oh yeah, that’s right, I signed up for Mastodon, the free software social media network. I’m enjoying it quite a bit.
VERSION 2: COMING MAY 5th
My biggest announcement right now is that Version 2 will be released on Thursday, May 5th, at 7 PM Mountain. At that time, I’ll be giving a livestream presentation on Version 2 over on my YouTube channel. I’ve been hard at work on Version 2 since last autumn, and I’m already working with beta-testers on e-books.
Version 2 is a major improvement to Nantucket E-Books. Readers will find a better reading experience than ever, and it will be even easier for authors to create, share, and host their own e-books.
A NEW BLOG
My second announcement is about the complete overhaul of this blog. Since its creation, this blog has been written in the Shanty markup language, the same language used to write e-books on this site, as well as my presentations.
This blog post shows you my work so far. I’ve written this blog in Shanty in a plain-text file, and then a Node script parses it into the necessary HTML files. Now, there’s a nice main page for the blog listing all the posts, and each post has its own static page.
You can even comment on blog posts now! I was inspired by Bradley Taunt’s blog post about using e-mail for commenting. Send your comment to me as an email, and I’ll add it to this page. Thanks for getting me to step up my game, Bradley!
This blog incorporates some features from the forthcoming Version 2 of the e-book software. There’s support for better typography, including curly quotes, “like this”, curly apostrophes (ain’t they great), actual ellipses… and—gasp— em dashes! All of these features will give e-books on this site a clean sheen, and can be easily added in Shanty.
Anyway, that’s all I have for now. Check back to this blog for more updates, and beta-tests of Version 2 e-books.
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