Enhanced eBooks (Roundtable: 2/18/10)

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Topic: Enhanced eBooks

This episode of The Roundtable was webcast live at 1pm EST on February 18, 2010.
NOTE: Due to technical difficulties, the archive for week’s episode is not available.

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Laura Dawson, Publishing Industry Consultant
Pablo Defendini, Producer/Showrunner, Tor.com
Kate Rados, Dir. of Digital Initiatives, Chelsea Green
Bridget Warren, Former Co-Owner, Vertigo Books

Moderated by
Guy LeCharles Gonzalez, Dir. of Programming & Business Development, Digital Book World


“O Brave New eBook,” Digital Book World
“Soon, there will be only two kinds of eBooks: those with video, motion graphics, and sound, and those without.”

“iPhone Digital Book: Cathy’s Book,” Mike Cane
Through Cathy’s unique and irresistible voice we enter a strange and fascinating world where things often aren’t as they appear. Part romance, part thriller, part mystery, you’ll experience the story by calling phone numbers, searching websites, examining evidence, discovering secrets, and exploring locations hidden in the pages of Cathy’s private sketchbook.

“Steve Jobs on Amazon and Ice Cream,” NY Times Bits
“Originally, we weren’t exactly sure how to market the Touch. Was it an iPhone without the phone? Was it a pocket computer? What happened was, what customers told us was, they started to see it as a game machine,” he said. “We started to market it that way, and it just took off. And now what we really see is it’s the lowest-cost way to the App Store, and that’s the big draw. So what we were focused on is just reducing the price to $199. We don’t need to add new stuff. We need to get the price down where everyone can afford it.”

ReadHowYouWant and IPG Digital Partner to Offer E-books for Visually Impaired,” Publisher’s Weekly
“Working with IPG’s digital wing, ReadHowYouWant has created conversion software to create electronic editions tailored to various formats that ReadHowYouWant currently offers in print, including its trademarked EasyRead large print (which features 16-to-24-point fonts), braille, synthesized audio, and DAISY (which stands for Digital Accessible Information System and allows readers to sync specified blocks of text to a recorded voice reading).”

Member Stories, Bookshare
“I have a dyslexic 13 year old, and I am trying to ease his homework load by setting up assigned books that he can listen to rather than read visually. The aims of this organization, and the progress it has made so far, are extremely heartening to a very large number of parents and disabled users.”

Twitter (As RTd by @DigiBookWorld):

@DigiBookWorld: Today’s #DBW Roundtable: Enhanced eBooks @ 1pm EST; entertainment, education… accessibility? Join us! http://bit.ly/aZTTT8

@MatthewDiener: #dbw How’s this 4 a rule: if u would include color pics, diagrams, etc., in print, enhance it. If not (most fic), don’t.

@kellymcclymer: More possibility for non-fiction enhancement, obviously. No one wants to tackle enhancing fiction. #dbw

@crych: #dbw book publisher or multimedia publisher? file sizes large ≈ e.g., 894 mb [@DigiBookWorld: That’s the Bunny Munro app: http://bit.ly/c3AnmB]

@babetteross: #dbw ehow gets 25m visitors/month, an enhanced eBook needs to add to the marketplace [@DigiBookWorld: ehow traffic: http://bit.ly/9cUmog]

@IrisBlasi: As @ljndawson points out, many outside vendors coming to pubs thinking they already own rights, which many pubs DO NOT. #dbw

@tinahender: #dbw – something to consider: would this material make a good enhanced ebook or would it be better as a website?

@charleenbarila: mobility important for certain topics, like cooking; bring content to store w/ you, help you shop 4 ingredients… #dbw

@eBookNoir: #dbw mobility = sftwre dependent & not so much hrdwre, matter of getting eBks across platforms, more users will utilize.

@crych: #dbw re Blio: synch audio with text for accessibily + device agnostic; good plan, difficult execution? interactive quizzes useful

@MatthewDiener: #dbw Would Infinite Jest Enhanced allow you to start anywhere and cycle around? The footnotes alone would be fun.

@pablod: Just thought of the best candidate for enhanced ebook EVAR: The Joy of Sex. Let’s make it happen! Sell like hotcakes! #dbw

@IrisBlasi: The #DBW Roundtable’s combo of phone, twitter + on-screen demo is like surround-sound smarts for listeners. (Thanks!)

@DigiBookWorld: Thanks to @pablod @katerados @ljndawson @vertigobooks and all attendees for a great #DBW Roundtable! -@glecharles


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