Publishers Sleep Easy After Apple Textbook “Disruption”

January 19, 2012

At first I thought we should blame ourselves for getting our knickers all in a knot when the rumors started circulating that Steve Jobs’ deadly forces of disruption, honoring his dying wishes, had turned their sights on textbooks. But don’t we frighten easily!

Then I felt angry at Apple. (more…)

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Advice for Self Publishers

December 1, 2011

The Guardian in the U.K. has asked me to participate in an online chat at 12-2pm GMT (7-9 am EST) this Friday, December 2nd, for an insider’s guide to self-publishing. The focus is on academics and researchers as the chat comes via Guardian Professional’s Higher Education Network. Key issues differ between academic publishing and trade publishing to a general audience most author concerns overlap. I’m going to cover the common ground here, and save the specifics for the chat. (more…)

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Amazon’s Kindle Format 8 Snubs the EPUB 3 Party

October 21, 2011

Compare these two statements about two different new-and-improved e-book specifications:

  • “KF8 has over 150 new formatting capabilities including support for HTML5 and CSS3.”
  • “HTML5 is the base language of EPUB3… The new baseline for style sheets is CSS2.1 with some CSS3 features added.”

They sure sound similar. The first, published yesterday, describes Amazon’s just announced Kindle Format 8 (KF8). The second, published in August, describes the new EPUB 3 specification, formally released just two weeks ago. (more…)

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BEA Wrap-up – Publishing Reborn

June 9, 2011

Here, after a pause that refreshed, a BEA (Book Expo America) wrap-up:

What a great week it was. (more…)

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EPUB 3 Changes the Game

May 23, 2011

I’m in New York at the sold out IDPF 2011 Digital Book conference run by the International Digital Publishing Forum. What a day it has been!

The big news of course is the “release”1of EPUB 3, the new version of the “ebook standard.”2 (more…)

  1. It’s actually the “Proposed Specification for final member and public review” — it’s been approved by the 100-member working committee, but now requires formal approval by all IDPF members. This is expected by end of summer. []
  2. It’s actually the e-publication standard as it could also be used for “magazines, newspapers and corporate documents.” As it is in fact used 99.9% of the time only for books I expect most will continue to call it the ebook standard. []

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