Brad West, the co-creator Vellum, joins us on the podcast this week to answer our questions about his ePub creating software. Brad tells us how Vellum its start, how the software works, what users can expect from Vellum in the future, and he talks to us about what he’s learned during his time as a small business owner.
- Brad tells us how he and co-creator Brad Andalman came up with Vellum after working at Pixar for fifteen years, and how his wife’s interest in indie authors helped spark the idea
- He explains how authors can use Vellum to create files for print books as well as ePub files for different devices and storefronts, what guidelines he recommends for authors using Vellum, and what cool features Vellum offers indie authors
- Brad talks to us about what he’s learned as a small business owner, what things have surprised him the most, and he explains how running Vellum is similar to running an indie publishing business
- He discusses the differences between creating files for print and files for eBooks, what challenges authors may face for each medium, and how Vellum is planning to make it easier to create both files simultaneously
- Brad gives us his predictions for the future of ePubs, including the growing focus on accessibility and whether or not interactivity will become a bigger player in digital publishing
- He tells us the plans for the future of Vellum, including what features they’re hoping to roll our next, how the software can be used for authors working on non-English language titles, and why, at least for the time being, Vellum will continue to be a Mac-only product