The IDPF is hosting a contest for the design of the EPUB logo. All individuals, companies, educational institutions and other groups are eligible to submit entries. Entries must be received by May 7th at 2400 hours. The winning design will receive $1000 cash and two tickets to attend the IDPF Digital Book 2010 at BEA. For more information, see the IDPF website. Thanks to teleread for the tip.
Caught this presentation link on Twitter from Liza Daly at Three Press Consulting. Liza gave a presentation recently on designing eBooks for 2 epub reading engines rather than designing eBooks for 99 different readers (and counting). What is a reading engine you ask? According to slide #7, “A reading engine is the part of the ereading software that actually places text on the screen. It’s the most basic, primitive, component of any ereader.” Her presentation focuses on designing eBooks for 2/3 of the popular epub reading engines – Adobe Reader Mobile SDK (RMSDK) and WebKit. Liza says that thinking about reading engines can really simplify issues around eBook design.
Liza has also designed her own ereader – the Ibis Reader. With Ibis, you can read epub books on a computer or mobile device and your content is stored online, so you can access it anytime.
Really interesting lists of eBook and eReader trends on the Kindle Review blog (posted March 5th). Some of the things I was happy to see on the list include:
- Multi Purpose Devices vs. Dedicated Readers – Will the dedicated readers be able to survive?
- Rise of ePUB
- DRM – is it possible we rid of it? ….unfortunately that is followed up by Is it possible it becomes more onerous and widespread? Clearly this is a trend that can go either direction.
- Rise of eTextbooks
- Arrival of Textbook Readers (Entourage eDGe or Kindle DX 2?)
One thing I saw that concerns me –
Libraries and the Kindle – Libraries are flocking to eReaders and eBooks in general and the Kindle in particular.
I hope libraries are looking at the bigger/broader picture of eBooks as well. I’d hate to see everyone latching on to the Kindle when there are so many new multi-purpose devices coming on the market that allow much more flexibility in eBook downloads/reading. (Ibis, Blio, Kobo are examples, but not all will work with libraries….yet. OverDrive is also branching out into DRM free EPUB and PDF for viewing on multiple devices)
I was introduced to a company at the TOC Conference by the name of Digital Divide Data. I had no idea what they did, but upon learning more about them, became very impressed with them. DDD is an international non-profit organization involved in the conversion and digitization of books, journals, and other content. They can create eBooks in ePUB and formats to fit with the Kindle, iPhone, and other eReading devices. But the most impressive part of DDD is how they digitize. They recruit and train young Cambodians and Laotians who are trapped in the circle of poverty. These individuals are trained in various IT skills for 6 – 8 months. If they meet the DDD requirements, they are hired to perform IT services for global companies and spend half of their day in school, earning a degree in 3 to 4 years. DDD often hires graduates for management positions and many move on to other careers and fields where they can earn nearly 6 times the local salary. For more information on DDD, visit their site – particularly the area for getting involved.
Received a press release from OverDrive announcing many enhancements to the OverDrive interface and digital content offerings. The announcements were made today, just shy of the start of the Public Library Association Conference in Portland, Oregon. Those attending the PLA Conference should stop by the OverDrive booth(2347) for demos of all these new features. My favorite is “Open eBooks” – DRM free eBooks in EPUB and PDF formats which can be downloaded and read on nearly all EPUB enabled devices. Here are just a few things mentioned in the press release: Continue reading OverDrive offers DRM free EPUB & PDF and much much more
Interesting article on E-Library Economics in Inside Higher Education. Discussion surrounds Syracuse University’s plan for a more digital library and transformation of the physical library to student study space, which met with resistance from faculty and students. The author, Steve Kolowich, sites various studies on the economics of digital libraries and the design of the future library. “Taken together, these studies point to twin conclusions: The sooner professors and students embrace e-books, the sooner their libraries can start saving money — but that might not happen for a while.” Kolowich goes on to discuss issues with eBooks, eReaders, and standard formats like EPUB.
Earlier this week I attended the O’Reilly Tools of Change (TOC) Conference for the first time. Over 1250 attendees gathered in New York City to discuss and network about issues and trends in publishing, in particular, digital publishing. While much of the information presented was for the publishing industry, I did manage to find several great ideas and concepts that relate to libraries. I’d like to share these with you, in no apparent order. Continue reading 10 Takeaways from the O’Reilly Tools of Change Conference for Librarians
PubFactory is an online publishing platform for publishers or libraries that is xml based, and supports ePub, DocBook, TEI, and NLM Journal formats. They also support ONIX and RDF for metadata and PDF (metadata and full text searching/viewing). Continue reading PubFactory
Day One, TOC Conference, about 1200 attendees in the North and South Ballrooms of the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. Good lineup for keynotes this morning including: Peter Collingridge with Enhanced Editions, William Patry with Google, Skip Prichard from Ingram Content Group, Sameer Shariff from Impelsys, and Arianna Huffington from the Huffington Post.
Andrew Savikas, Program Chair started us off with intros.
Highlights are below from each speaker. Continue reading TOC – Tools of Change Keynote Speakers
Practical Ebook Formatting: Limitations and Optimizations – Joshua Tallent (Ebook Architects) and Phil Frank (Hendrickson)
- TOC Conference, Monday, Feb. 22nd 9 – 12:30, Mariott Marquis, NYC
- About 200 folks in the room, 1/2 do the ebook formatting on a regular basis, 1/2 are managing people who do this, and me.
- I decided to attend this session b/c I know nothing about it 😉 Please keep this in mind as you read my notes. Continue reading Tools of Change – Practical Ebook Formatting Workshop
Been watching the twits about the iPad – “extraordinary,” “a dream to type on,” “much more intimate than a laptop,” “the best browsing experience you’ve ever had.” Sounds like they are describing a dream date (sans the laptop and browsing). Oh wait, now they are talking about pinching folders, ouch.
Seriously – it appears to be a bigger and better iPod Touch. Multimedia viewing, full keyboard, pictures, email, ebooks, music, google maps, existing apps, yadda yadda. I’m sure I’ll own one soon, but it doesn’t sound like they’ve introduced anything we haven’t seen in other devices – it will just be better of course because it’s Apple.
Not too much on ebooks thus far and nothing on textbooks. Anxious to find out more about that.
added later – just read a nice post on teleread about the ebook options on the new ipad. iBooks – EPUB…this really is a dream date!
I attended the eBook Readers and Standards, where to next? webinar today. My notes (done real time, please excuse typos) are below.
Speakers: SarahRotman Epps, Forrester Analyst and Michael Smith, IDPF Executive Director Continue reading eBook Readers and Standards, where to next? webinar summary
Thanks to TeleRead for the heads up on this one.
Webinar, November 18th, 11:00 EST
Speakers: Michael Smith, Director of the IDPF and Sarah Rotman Epps, eBook Market Analyst at Forrester
As the eBook market rapidly unfolds, it seems to get more complex by the day. Publishers are struggling to adapt as competitive and consumer pressures demand that their titles be compatible with the multitude of new eBook applications and eReaders coming to market. To develop a successful eBook production strategy, you need to take a clear position on where the market is today and will be tomorrow. In this 60-minute webinar, Sarah Rotman Epps, Forrester’s eBook Market Analyst, and Michael Smith, Director of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) which manages the ePub standard, present their highly informed views on the future for eBook readers, formats and standards. How will it all shake out? Join these two industry experts to get the inside track on the future and better position yourself to take advantage of the biggest driver of industry innovation to hit the publishing world in decades — eBooks.
If you are headed to Charleston next week and have Wednesday free, please consider attending the preconference. The full program is listed here. Summaries/highlights will be posted to the blog after the event.
EBOOKS: NOT JUST ANOTHER BINDING
XXIX CHARLESTON CONFERENCE – ISSUES IN BOOK AND SERIAL ACQUISITION
CHARLESTON, SC, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2009:
eBooks are not just another binding. As with any new technology, librarians and publishers are discovering many challenges in implementing ebooks. This full day pre-conference will explore several of these challenges including: ebook standards, such as epub, DRM, interface features, and archiving; ebook readers and their use by aggregators and libraries; workflow issues in libraries like approval plans and catalog records; ebook economics including business models and transitioning from P to E; and the issues surrounding the discoverability and visibility of ebooks.
Continue reading Last chance for Charleston eBook preconference
Institutional Subscriptions to Google Books with Advertising? Google Won’t Rule It Out – 10/12/2009 – Library Journal
I attended the Adobe eBook Platform webinar today. Some notes and thoughts are below:
Dave Dickson, Product Manager, was the primary speaker
Publishers want to produce eBooks in a single file format, but consumers want to purchase the eBook in the format of their choice
Adobe’s role – to be an enabler. Publishers author in either pdf or epub, use adobe’s content server 4 (pdf,epub) and deliver in either adobe digital editions or the reader mobile software for multiple devices. Continue reading Adobe eBook Platform Webinar
Adobe announced a free webinar on October 22, 2009.
According to the site, the following will be discussed:
* How to author, protect and deliver content using the Adobe eBook platform.
* How to maximize content interoperability across devices using the EPUB file format.
* How Adobe ecosystem partners enhance the platform’s reach.
* How publishers, libraries and content aggregators can securely distribute eBooks.
* Why an open eBook ecosystem serves consumers and publishers best.
Michael Pastore of Zorba Press has released a revised edition of his benefits of eBooks title. The new title – 50 Benefits of Ebooks – is available now in .pdf form and soon in EPUB and paperback for the very small price of $2.00.
I like benefit #13 – Ebooks Are Cheaper to Buy
In this entry, Michael predicts “Ebook prices will plummet! Or I will eat this ebook” I hope so Michael. But if they don’t, what condiment will you put on those bits and bytes? gulp. Continue reading 50 Benefits of eBooks
Here is an update on the eBook preconference planned for the Charleston Conference on November 4th.
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
eBooks: Not Just Another Binding
Speakers: Lisa Sibert, Electronic Resources Acquisitions Librarian, The UC Irvine Libraries; Lindsey Schell, University of Texas – Austin, Anne Behler, Information Literacy Librarian, Penn State University; Cynthia Cleto, Global eProduct Manager, eBooks, Springer Science+Business Media, eProduct Management+Innovation; Mike Morgan, President and CoFounder, Morgan Claypool; Emilie Delique and Randy Petway, Publishers Communication Group, Rich Rosy, Ingram Digital, Anh Bui, Highwire Press.
eBooks are not just another binding. As with any new technology, librarians and publishers are discovering many challenges in implementing eBooks. This full day pre-conference will explore several of these challenges including: eBook standards, including epub, DRM, interface features, and archiving; eBook readers and their use by aggregators and libraries; workflow issues in libraries like approval plans, catalog records; eBook economics including business models and transitioning from P to E; and the issues surrounding discoverability and visibility of eBooks..