A call to Brewers Publications

I’m a huge fan of Brewers Publications. The majority of brewing related books that I currently own are produced by them. For those of you unaware, Brewers Publications is the printing arm of the American Homebrewers Association. The titles that they put out are top notch. I’m currently enjoying For the Love of Hops. So what’s the deal?

I’m a big proponent of technology and it bothers me to no end that the vast majority of their books are not available to read on my Kindle. The Kindle, and other devices like it, make reading so much easier for me. I can carry dozens of books with me at any time all on the same device. They have a search functions so that I can easy find what I need. I can highlight, make notes, and archive anything else that I need right on the device. My eye sight is pretty good, but I like having the option to change the text size and line spacing.

Most of the reading that I get done happens when I am on the treadmill. Books just don’t work for me as I lose my spot often and changing pages is a pain. I usually bring my Kindle or iPad with me and read while running and listening to music. I just wish that I could do that with some of my beer books.

I also find that the cost of a digital book is lower than an actual book. It makes sense since nothing is physical made or sent. May homebrewers are also environmentally conscious, so the idea of not “wasting” paper and saving delivery emissions is enticing. I’m familiar with the process of making an eBook or ePub document and it really isn’t very hard once you have all of the material done.

So, Brewers Publications can you please start releasing your books in both physical and digital formats? You already do it with Zymurgy it’s time to start doing it with your books.

Thanks,
Nate

2 thoughts on “A call to Brewers Publications”

  1. Dear Nate,

    I wish I had seen this sooner, I certainly would have addressed this earlier! We have been working on this project for many months (actually probably years now). There are some technological challenges with converting books that are not text only. Anytime you add charts, graphs, equations, etc. to the mix, it complicates the conversion process. Couple that with proofing for different eReaders and checking how an individuals users settings changes how the book appears and it’s a very real challenge.

    It is not lost on me that our readers want to be able to read their books on their eReaders. I think about it every day and I am taking steps toward that every day. We do have a couple of new books that are very close to being done but need final proofs before sending them off for the last revisions (For the Love of Hops and IPA). Older books like Designing Great Beers and Radical are still in the trenches. Not only are they technical and graphically rich but they are also larger sized than a “normal” book. The latest versions were unacceptable and so I have a meeting this week to find out what other options are available for books like these and how we can get them moving along. Backlist books built from very old files may even be more challenging but I am working on finding the best solution for those as well.

    My priority is seeing that when we release an eBook, it is a quality product. There are many different ways of converting books and we have yet to find an accurate way to produce them across the board. I had a long conversation with someone that has worked in the publishing industry for decades and many, many publishers are just deciding to NOT publish eBooks if they are not text only due to the challenges and time associated with making them work for the reader. I know this doesn’t solve your workout problem or those folks that have fully converted to eReading but I hope you will be patient as we continue to work toward (and proof many times!) the best way to make our books accessible in this format.

    Our authors work very hard to write these books and I want to make sure we do right by them and produce a quality product we can all be proud of and that is usable/enjoyable to all of you. In the meantime, as we continue to produce new books in print and work toward eBooks, if anyone has any ideas for books they would like to see in the Brewers Publications title list, please email anytime via BrewersPublications.com

    Cheers~
    Kristi
    Publisher, Brewers Publications

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