Visuals Signal the Change in Publishing

November 13, 2013

Before and After Typhoon Haiyan
Snow FallThe Wall Street Journal offers a relatively simple but very powerful photographic feature looking at “Before and After Typhoon Haiyan” in the Philippines. (more…)

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Read & Watch the Future of Publishing at the New York Times

December 22, 2012

I feel like I’m coming in from the Web wilderness as I start viewing John Branch’s, Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek on the New York Times site. Snow blows across a mountain peak as the saga of an deadly avalanche begins to spill down the page: “Avalanche! Elyse!” 650 words later and the reader has an option to see a 45-second clip with Elyse Saugstad, “a professional skier,” a survivor. (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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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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Hated the Book. Loved the Kindle

April 25, 2011

From the “You Can’t Please all of the People all of the Time” department:

The book in question is the Booker Award-winning The Sea, by John Banville.

Most of the 142 customer reviews on Amazon are positive, but those who dislike the book are vocal. Among the negative headlines:

  • Dull as toothpaste
  • This won an award?
  • Exquisite languor
  • eh?
  • Most boring book I have ever tried to read
  • Conned by Booker Prize

From the “Loved the Book. Hated the Kindle” department:

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