All About Automation for Manuscripts in MS Word

All About Automation for Manuscripts in MS WordIf you have been doing ebook development for any amount of time, you have heard a lot about XML workflows. These conversations, sometimes in hushed tones of trepidation and other times in hopeful anticipation, usually tend to end in the conclusion that an XML workflow is just not possible, is too costly, or does not have the tools to be accessible to anyone other than the biggest publishers.

And that may all be true. In my opinion, while I do believe it will happen eventually, the jury is still out on how long it will be until we see XML workflows building the majority of print and ebook files. However, that should not keep us from working toward that eventual goal.

The question is, what do we do in the interim?

Much more.

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Amazon Introduces New Kindle Oasis (DBW)
On Wednesday, Amazon confirmed much speculation over the last week that it was releasing a new Kindle e-reader called Oasis. Oasis is the thinnest and lightest Kindle yet, weighing just 4.6 ounces and spanning 3.4mm at its thinnest point—30 percent thinner on average and more than 20 percent lighter than any other Kindle.

Kobo Expands Kobo Writing Life Services (DBW)
Kobo announced Wednesday the expansion of its Kobo Writing Life services for self-published authors, which include cover design, ebook conversion and copyrighting.

What If Books Could Write Themselves? (PW)
To most people the emergence of artificial intelligence is somewhat terrifying. On Tuesday, in the first session in the London Book Fair’s Interactive Theater, Guy Gadney, CEO and Founder of To Play For, offered a view of where we currently are with AI, arguing that technology is beginning to emerge that will ultimately enable “all books to write themselves” and create “a new publishing form.”

At London Book Fair: AmazonCrossing in Translation Expansion (Pub Perspectives)
With a sharp eye for languages ‘under-represented in translation’ and a huge response to its call at Frankfurt Book Fair for submissions, AmazonCrossing, the new leader in translation publication, arrives at LBF in rapid expansion.

Translators Champion Books in Underrepresented Languages (PW)
At the London Book Fair’s Literary Translation Center (once again sponsored by Amazon Crossing), much attention was given to the rights trade in translation for major languages—Spanish, German, and French often being cited as the top marketplaces. But an early panel on Tuesday, “Translating from the Margins,” sought to shed light on the advantages of working with underrepresented languages.

Attract and Engage Readers with Image Marketing (Creative Penn)
Our social media feeds and inboxes are cluttered, but we still want to know what’s going on. And we still need to reach our readers … so how do you stand out in a sea of content? In today’s article Frances Caballo shares how to use images to attract and engage readers to your blog or your books.

Teicher Dispenses Indie Bookseller Lessons (Bookseller)
The resurgence of independent bookselling is set to become a “contagious” global trend, Oren Teicher, CEO of the American Booksellers Association, has said. The increase in the number of indie booksellers in the US shows no sign of abating, Teicher said, with the sector stronger and more ”engaged” than it has been “in some time.” He added: “We believe that resurgence is contagious, and think it is going to happen around the world.”

Are Ebooks Really That Important to Amazon? (Teleread)
I wonder how many more generations of e-ink e-reader we’ll see. Amazon’s strength is that its ebooks can be read on any platform—even via a web browser on those few platforms that don’t have their own Kindle reader app. As sales decline, it doesn’t seem like it will be worth pouring more money into further design and development. Will they eventually fade out like the monochrome LCD PDA?

Leadership in Creative Industries: 10 Things We Learned at #Quantum16 (BookMachine)
Tracey Armstrong (President and CEO, Copyright Clearance Center), Harriet Minter (Editor, the Guardian’s Women in Leadership section), Shereen Kreideih (Publisher, Asala Publishers) and Robbie Steinhouse (Director, NLP School) formed the panel to discuss leadership in creative industries. Here are our top 10 takeaway points.

In Digital Hall, Kids’ App Developers Talk Discoverability and Other Challenges (PW)
“As app developers, we live in a different world from the publishers,” said Valerie Trouze, founder of Edoki Academy, a digital studio based in Paris and London that produces education apps for children based on the Montessori teaching system. “Traditional publishers still have to deal with paper, ink, printing, distribution. When we want to publish, we just push a button. I just can’t get my head around what it is they have to do.”

Haank: STM Industry ‘Too Slow’ on Content-Sharing (Bookseller)
The STM industry has “wasted” two years as a result of its reluctance to share research, according to Derk Haank, CEO of Springer Nature. During his keynote speech at the “Research & Scholarly Publishing Forum” April 12th, Haank said he was concerned about publishers’ progress on the “big issue” of sharing. He said: “It is too little too late. We have wasted at least one or two years.


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