Self-Publishing Your Book With Free Software

  • Episode 263
  • October 2, 2012
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Robbie kicks off our series about self-publishing with a look at how to use free software to publish a novel or short story using Cafepress.

Notes:
When Robbie said he used two RAID 1+0 arrays in the broadcast server, he obviously meant RAID 0 (whoops!). He had opted for speed rather than redundancy in the broadcast server only because the files themselves are not stored on it.
This episode is sponsored in part by: Netflix, Eco Alkalines and Cordery Electric.

Topics Covered:

  • Robbie Ferguson and Eric Kidd present from the Category5 studios in Barrie, Ontario.
  • Remembering Eric's spoof of Robbie on Episode 226.
  • A picture of Eric playing guitar outdoors.
  • Send in your postcards.
  • {play 7:59}Prize Giveaway - a Jawbone Icon Bluetooth headset.
  • {play 11:41}Viewer Questions
  • Remembering the drawing competition between Robbie Ferguson (using GIMP) and Rachel Xu (using Photoshop).
  • Viewer Comment: Happy 5th birthday! I wish I was able to come celebrate, but it's a long trip from Australia. In regards to Google Maps giving wrong directions, take a look at what Google gave me to get to the 5th Anniversary Celebration and how long it's meant to take.
  • Viewer Question: How can I install Flash Player on Debian Squeeze?
    • Why Debian Squeeze doesn't come with the Adobe Flash plugin.
    • Activating the contrib (non-free) repository on Debian Linux from within Synaptic Package Manager.
    • Reloading your repository information.
    • Searching for the flashplugin-nonfree and installing it on your Debian Squeeze system.
  • Viewer Question: What is the flashplugin-nonfree-extrasound extension?
  • Viewer Question: I can get compiz to run, but I lose my taskbar. Are you able to help?
    • Resetting compiz settings to default using compizconfig-settings-manager.
  • Viewer Question: Who needs compiz?
  • Viewer Comment: Compiz runs really nice on ZorinOS.
  • Viewer Comment: Happy 5th birthday! Thank you to Robbie for encouraging me to do my backups! It really paid off this week when my SD card suddenly died, but then I realized I had a backup which I did just after watching Episode 259, so all my files were okay!
  • Viewer Question: Once you have your home folder on a separate drive, how can you set it up on a new install? For example, if I am running Ubuntu 10.04 and want to install ZorinOS but still have my home folder, how do I achieve this?
  • Viewer Question: Does it really make a substantial difference switching from a regular hard drive to SSD? (Please see Notes above for correction).
  • Viewer Question: What size SSD do you need for a standard desktop system?
  • The concerns about large Solid State Drives. See Robbie's Blog for more thoughts.
  • Viewer Question: How can I block torrent sites on my network?
  • {play 45:02}Top Stories from the Category5.TV Newsroom
  • {play 50:14}Feature: Self-publishing your novel or short story using nothing but free software and Cafepress.
    • Download the templates and learn more: cat5.tv/publish
    • Creating a Cafepress account.
    • Creating a PDF file from your OpenOffice/LibreOffice source document.
    • Using the GIMP to create your cover artwork.
    • Removing the bleed lines in your source images for your book cover, back and spine, and saving your artwork as PNG files for use on Cafepress.
    • What sets Cafepress apart from vanity press: no printer setup fees and no minimum orders (sure! go ahead and buy just one copy if you'd like).
    • Adding a new product (a book) to your Cafepress store.
    • Uploading your document to Cafepress for use within your book.
    • Ignoring the [ahem] unintuitive errors on Cafepress.
    • Uploading your cover, back and spine images for use on your book's design.
    • Tagging your artwork for your book will help you come up in searches within the Cafepress web site.
    • Saving your book to your Cafepress store and putting it up for sale.
    • Cafepress is a lot more than just books.

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  • Host: Robbie Ferguson
  • Co-Host: Eric Kidd

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