In creating BostonGlobe.com, we envisioned giving subscribers additional benefits even beyond the high-quality journalism delivered every day. Subscribers would have access to special events, behind-the-scenes videos, and interviews with reporters. We introduced subscribers to another of these benefits on Wednesday, March 28, when we published an e-cookbook called “Sunday Supper & More.” It is free to subscribers, who simply have to go to the Boston Globe Insiders section and follow the instructions to download the e-book to their desktop, laptop, iPad, Nook or Kindle Fire.
The idea for the e-cookbook came from the Globe’s assistant managing editor for design, Dan Zedek. He was intrigued with Apple’s recently-released iBook Author, which makes self-publishing e-books especially easy and quick. After experimenting with the tool himself for a bit, he showed off his handiwork to Martin Baron, editor of The Boston Globe, and Jeff Moriarty, vice president/digital, who were immediately excited about the opportunities this now opened up. Working with Food Editor Sheryl Julian and Janice Page, our books development editor, Zedek took dozens of the Sunday Supper & More recipe columns from our weekly Food section and turned them into a beautiful e-cookbook full of spring recipes.
This was not our first e-book. We’ve published a three-part series of Whitey Bulger books, an enhanced e-book for our “Killer B’s” Boston Bruins championship book, and e-book versions of our two books about the late Senator Edward Kennedy. There is also an e-book of the Globe’s new “Fenway Park” book celebrating the ballpark’s 100th anniversary. “Sunday Supper & More,” however, was the first e-book produced entirely in-house.
We’re excited about the prospect of producing e-cookbooks for each of the remaining seasons, summer, fall and winter. We expect many more e-books to come, in all sorts of categories. Watch the BostonGlobe.com/insiders page for more titles.
Doug Most, Deputy Managing Editor for Features