eBooks #2: So you want to e-publish? Mechanics…

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Obviously for me, publishing eBooks is going to be something I do at some point, perhaps sooner rather than later. I’m talking in this post about self-publishing eBooks. Since this is a technology blog, and not a marketing blog, I won’t talk about the details of getting an ISBN number, or getting nice looking cover art, or getting the word out, etc. There are also avenues that will allow you to sell both your print book alongside your eBook.

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Leveraging Impact through Technology (LIT)

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

This last September, Benetech won a 3 million dollar award over one year from OSEP for a project we call Leveraging Impact through Technology, or, very appropriately, LIT. Here’s a glimpse at what we’re delivering: Open-content, publicly available and freely shared image descriptions and reusable graphical models to improve accessibility of NIMAC textbooks and Common Core content (this is so cool, I'm going to write another blog just on this aspect: look for the Triple Play blog!)

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Receiving the 2013 Migel Medal

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

This is the field where I found my life’s calling, applying technology to meet critical needs of society, where the market is likely to fail. From my college dorm room, where I thought that pattern recognition could do more than target missiles, to my first successful high tech company where we built technology that could read just about any font without training, to Benetech’s founding with the Arkenstone reading machine for the blind.

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Thank You, Gerardo!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

A passionate technology-for-good advocate, Gerardo has made major contributions to Benetech’s social mission since he joined us over four years ago. He also championed an open source ethos so that our work can be broadly shared (you can view all our open source projects on GitHub ).

Great reads from around the web on December 15th

Amy Sample Ward

' Open Source Is Dead! Long Live Open Source! NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network – "That's right, I said it. What I mean is that open source, as we knew it, is dead. For the last decade, what we've been talking about when we say "open source" is "open code" — a set of zeroes and ones that we can configure to our heart's desire." What Matters Now eBook – Get the ebook now for free! "We

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CEO’s Update: Fall 2014

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

My personal goal is to channel the aspirations of the technology community to do more social good. More and more of my time is spent around both raising money and raising awareness of how much more could be done with technology to increase social impact.

Nonprofit Technology News for November 2013

Tech Soup Blog

As we hurtle toward the end of 2013, it’s time for an update of nonprofit technology trends and news! If you’re a nonprofit news junkie, have a look at all our Nonprofit Technology News pieces from this past year. TechSoup Technologies for Good.

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Bringing Millions of Books to Billions of People: Making the Book Truly Accessible

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Today, we are poised at a moment in time where we can transcend the limitations of past book technologies and bring the power of books to all humans. However, as a technology, printed books come with serious challenges for some communities (like blind people) that technology can unlock.

10X: CEO’s Update: Spring 2014

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

How can we use technology in a new way to improve people’s lives that is an order of magnitude better? Can we help stimulate the creation of far more technology-for-good ventures? While it’s not a panacea, technology has been the engine of so many improvements in society.

Learn The Art Of Effective Messaging

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Using the 18-page ebook, youll learn : •what a strategic messaging plan should encompass (and what it shouldn’t). Thanks David, for another useful ebook! skip to main | skip to sidebar Eric Jacobson On Management And Leadership Welcome!

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Big News at Benetech (and for me!)

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Under Betsy’s guidance, Benetech is developing new software for social good enterprises to connect communities with inclusive technology: Service Net: Reshaping the social safety net in human services to better connect people to the services they need. Born Accessible: Working with publishers to ensure that any new ebook is accessible to people who read differently - with the goal of one day making Bookshare obsolete.

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The Long, Long Tail of Facebook Causes - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

Frogloop

57) Mobile (15) Nonprofit Benchmark Studies (15) Nonprofit Events (36) nptech (8) Online Advertising (5) Online Advocacy (47) Online Fundraising (97) Online Marketing (59) Online Organizing (32) SEO (3) Social Networking (109) Technology (31) Trends (51) Video (27) Volunteering (2) Web 2.0 (60)

Using Software and Data to Change the World

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I had the honor to be the opening keynoter for the first-ever Good Tech Fest , which was held in Detroit on May 22, 2018. Society is a buzz about new technology: artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, autonomous cars, the surveillance state, and more. We have to use this opening to help advance our goal; using software and data to change the world for the better!

Social Actions Roundup #19: Time to vote in USAID's first open source challenge!

Social Actions

This week’s roundup draws attention to two contests that illustrate the impact social media technologies are having on not just private and nonprofit initiatives, but public spending as well. USAID’s first-ever open source challenge – the 2008 USAID Development 2.0

Social Actions Roundup #19: Time to vote in USAID's first open source challenge!

Social Actions

This week’s roundup draws attention to two contests that illustrate the impact social media technologies are having on not just private and nonprofit initiatives, but public spending as well. USAID’s first-ever open source challenge – the 2008 USAID Development 2.0

Social DRM: It’s About Equal Access for All

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

There is no better place to engage with colleagues about new technologies, changing business models, fresh ideas, and shared standards. Next month, I will be heading to TOC a couple of days early in order to participate in a W3C Workshop on eBooks and the Open Web Platform, where I will be talking about Social DRM (Digital Rights Management). However, strong DRM turns out to be an impediment to the commercial distribution of accessible ebooks.

On the Future of Braille: Thoughts by Radical Braille Advocates

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

We are confident that technology can continue to improve the quality of electronic braille such that a blind consumer can expect both immediate AND high quality braille on demand. And how will changing technology impact tactile design, production and use?

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How False Conviction Could Help Science Centers Be More Human

Museum 2.0

It’s not every day that a science center releases an ebook about wrongful conviction in rape and murder cases. This interview is not really about an ebook. interview Technology Tools Worth Checking Out

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Why I’m Scared of the SOPA bill

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

We provide accessible ebooks that can be spoken aloud, turned into Braille or large print. Ironically, many of these users might buy commercial ebooks, but the anti-piracy technology built into many ebook systems are not compatible with the technology these users employ to get the books in Braille or synthetic speech. The problem is that we provide technology that allows for security, privacy and circumvention.

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The Struggle for Book Access: Amazon (Blog Post #2)

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

But, it's a dream that the commercial ebook vendors keep dashing. We have an action by Amazon that sets back years of work to make ebooks accessible. If Kindle ebooks were available on the Web, other developers could fix many of its limitations such as lousy support for images, problems with complex layouts, inaccessibility. Tim O'Reilly covered this perspective in an excellent essay for Forbes Why Kindle Should Be An Open Book.

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Benetech’s New Image Description Tool Improves Accessibility of Graphical Content for Students with Print Disabilities

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

This week, Benetech’s DIAGRAM Center has announced the release of an open source web application for creating and editing crowdsourced image descriptions in books used by students with print disabilities. Poet supports image descriptions for electronic books created in the international DAISY standard for digital talking books and will be compatible with descriptions for ebooks in the EPUB3 format.

Bookshare without Borders: #1/3

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

These ebooks can quickly be turned into Braille, large print or be read aloud by a synthetic voice synthesizer. We’re standing by to help support these Indian organizations with the technology and services of Bookshare in pursuing these expanded digitization efforts.

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April Member Round-Up: Digital strategy from street outreach, top nonprofit blogs, and how to communicate when you don't agree

NTEN

Sixteen nonprofit tech experts (including NTEN Members: Jeff Shuck , David Neff , Donna Wilkins , Frank Barry , and NTEN''s Amy Sample Ward ) share their ideas and fundraising best practices in Blackbaud ''s new free ebook, The Future of Fundraising. Stay tuned—registration will open in May.

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Benetech’s Framework for Developing New Social Enterprises

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I look forward to continuing the conversation the book has opened. In my contribution to Ron’s book, I discuss the framework that guides us at Benetech, the technology nonprofit I lead. At Benetech, we look to fill the gap between what’s possible and what’s profitable with technology.

Ten Books for Every Nonprofit Professional’s Reading List

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

If you are looking for more recommendations, check out Book Authority’s list of 52 Best Nonprofit eBooks of All Time ( The Happy Healthy Nonprofit is #9). I travel a lot for work which means I spend many hours on airplanes.

How Crowdfunding Can Help Cultivate True Employee Engagement

Connection Cafe

If you are not convinced yet, take a look at the open letter that Blackrock’s Chairman, Larry Fink sent to CEOs last year. Some of this research is highlighted in Blackbaud’s CSR 2020: Experts Look Ahead eBook, which includes insights from a number of CSR thought leaders.

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I Need a Good Lawyer

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

However, the time has come when we need a really smart attorney to join Benetech and help us navigate the intersection of technology and social good. We’re deep believers in the benefits of openness, which means we publish open source software and create open content under Creative Commons licenses. An intellectual property manual done from the standpoint of an organization that is dedicated to openness, rather than proprietary approaches.

Betsy Beaumon on Benetech's Literacy Program

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The Year That Was and the New Year Ahead Guest Beneblog by Betsy Beaumon, Benetech's VP and General Manager of the Literacy Program 2012 was a year of titanic shifts in the fields of consumer technology, education, and publishing, along with the requisite challenges brought about by such rapid change. After all, in the world of eBooks, ten years is pretty old! We now have a free, open source reading app for you called Go Read.

Nonprofit Marketing Plan Must-Haves: Integration and Automation

Connection Cafe

From donor retention to nonprofit marketing to organizational leadership, every ebook is an invaluable resource. But like any strategy or tool, the technology alone won’t transform your supporter engagement program.

Accessibility and ACTA

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

A great (bad) example is Adobe, one of the leading ebook technology vendors, who just introduced their Digital Editions. Far better would be the open accessible public policy process we’re used to, not secret negotiations that are likely to cause substantial collateral damage to people with disabilities.

Why Patients Want Their Doctors to Embrace Digital Communication

Mobile Commons

That’s the consensus among American healthcare consumers, who perceive their doctors as behind the times when it comes to their willingness to embrace digital communication technologies like text messaging. There has to be a better way.

Why I’m Scared of the SOPA Bill by Jim Fruchterman

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

We provide accessible ebooks that can be spoken aloud, turned into Braille or large print. We develop free and open source software to help groups capture the stories of human rights abuse, and store and back them up securely in another country. Flickr Photo by DonkeyHotey.

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What's Your Nonprofit's Social Media Measurement Strategy?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Jeremiah Owyang from The Altimeter Group along with John Lovett and Eric Peterson both of the Web Analytics Demystified firm have published an open research report that advocates for a standardized framework of the following business objectives and use of metrics to measure them.

All-In-One Nonprofit Marketing Library (Link Roundup)

NonProfit Hub

From eBooks to webinars, there’s a heaping handful of other ways to raise money online. 6 Email Marketing Hacks to Increase Open Rates. It’s not made specifically for mobile fundraising (like text-to-give technology, for instance), but it’s still an important part of your larger mobile strategy. Nonprofit marketing is a tough thing to wrap your head around. There are so many different approaches to take, and none of them is a silver bullet on their own.

Better marketing for nonprofits

ASU Lodestar Center

An in-depth guide related to the target issues they care about, tools or templates, case studies, and ebooks are all great examples of this. This kind of content gets shared and spreads the word, and it keeps people opening your emails, and even looking forward to them.

The Long, Long Tail of Facebook Causes - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

Frogloop

57) Mobile (15) Nonprofit Benchmark Studies (15) Nonprofit Events (36) nptech (8) Online Advertising (5) Online Advocacy (47) Online Fundraising (97) Online Marketing (59) Online Organizing (32) SEO (3) Social Networking (109) Technology (31) Trends (51) Video (27) Volunteering (2) Web 2.0 (60)

TechSoup Makes an E-Book

Tech Soup Blog

While we are providing the document as a PDF file also, ebooks are easier to resize fonts and thus easier to read, especially on an e-ink device. We recently updated our book, The Resilient Organization: A Guide for Disaster Planning and Recovery.

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Lame spam of the day: Raw spam merge text

Robert Weiner

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Digital Pulp Fiction

Gavin's Digital Diner

Borders, by the way, no doubt fearing the loss of my business, has opened a new concept store in town. Amazon’s native format — a DRM’ed version of the MobiPocket eBook format — does this. I think I was eight when I read my first “real&# book — of course, that’s not counting comics, Willy Waddle , or books designed to be chewed.

112 Nonprofit Blog Posts, Articles, and Stories from 2013 You Can’t Miss.

Connection Cafe

The ones that have gone dark and stopped responding to or opening your emails? In this post by Amelia Northrup-Simpson, What Audiences Expect from Arts Marketers: Four Technology Must-dos , she provides some guidance on how to ensure your tech decisions are meeting the expectations of your organization’s lifeline. This post highlights the success of NTEN’s campaign to re-engage the 24,000 subscribers who had not opened an email from them in the past year.

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10NTC Science Fair Preview - Giveaways, More Giveaways and Free Apple iPads

NTEN

We're only 20 days away from the 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference -- but who's counting? This opening reception provides an opportunity to network with nptech professionals while checking out the over 100 exhibitors showing off their latest and greatest offerings to the nonprofit sector.

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10NTC Science Fair Preview - Giveaways, More Giveaways and Free Apple iPads

NTEN

We're only 20 days away from the 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference -- but who's counting? This opening reception provides an opportunity to network with nptech professionals while checking out the over 100 exhibitors showing off their latest and greatest offerings to the nonprofit sector.

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