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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Business Letters and Web Site Design

May 19, 2011

I’ve been trying to find a simple explanation of effective user interface design for web sites. I think this captures the tone:

You put your left foot in / You put your left foot out

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Required Reading on the Future of Journalism

May 10, 2011

With little fanfare the Columbia Journalism Review yesterday released the most intelligent and insightful report I’ve yet read on the business of digital journalism. The Story So Far: What We Know About the Business of Digital Journalism is the understated title of the must-read new report on the news business. Implicit in the report is a call to action: as Thich Nhat Hanh has observed, “Once there is seeing, there must be acting. Otherwise, what is the use of seeing?”

I’ve only read three chapters and if that’s all there was I’d still be crowing: start reading, NOW. (The full 143-page report is available for free download. What a gift.) (more…)

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An American Colony Called Canada

May 9, 2011

Please Uncle Sam…Can we watch your TV shows & videos online?