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What Are the Benefits of the IDPF-W3C Merger?

A self-appointed “Save the IDPF, Save EPUB” committee has recently formed to publicly attack the IDPF/W3C combination plan and announce a campaign of its own with the goal “to keep the IDPF going as a standalone trade organization.” This group sees the combination as a “threat to the long-term health of the ebook industry.”...

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Why the IDPF-W3C Merger Will Be Great for EPUB and the Book Industry

NOTE: The following represents personal opinion, not that of IDPF or W3C. A self-appointed “Save the IDPF, Save EPUB” committee has recently formed to publicly attack the IDPF/W3C combination plan and announce a campaign of its own with the goal “to keep the IDPF going as a standalone trade organization.” This group sees the...

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5 Questions with George Kerscher, CIO, Daisy Consortium

George Kerscher is the chief innovations officer of Daisy Consortium, as well as a senior advisor for global literacy at Benetech, and president of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). George is a recognized international leader in document access, as well as an advocate for semantically rich content which can be used effectively by...

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Save the IDPF. Save EPUB.

We, the members of the “Save the IDPF. Save EPUB.” campaign committee, are reaching out to the publishing community to update you on our work and ask for your help. We believe that the International Digital Publishing Forum’s (IDPF) reckless transfer of assets to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is a threat to...

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Will an Open Web Liberate Reading Data?

At last week’s BEA, it was announced that the IDPF, the standards body for ebooks and responsible for the current EPUB specification, is considering merging with the W3C, the standards body for the web at large. This would mean that instead of having its own standards body for digital books, the publishing industry would...

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Andrew Rhomberg: How and Why We Measure a Book’s Audience

In his workshop at Digital Book World 2016 titled “Data-Smart Publishing,” Jellybooks Founder Andrew Rhomberg described the process by which his company measures reader analytics, and also explained why publishers should be paying more attention to this growing field. The problem, Rhomberg said, is that authors and publishers cannot effectively measure reader engagement. “We...

How “Send to Kindle” Can Help Neutralize Amazon

How “Send to Kindle” Can Help Neutralize Amazon

Publishers that sell ebooks direct to consumers typically do so in EPUB format. That’s because most publishers are still wedded to the false sense of security DRM provides, and EPUB offers a popular DRM solution. Contrast that with Amazon’s format, MOBI, in which Amazon is the only company that can apply and manage the...

How to Format the Table of Contents in an Ebook

Best Practices for Ebook Front Matter: Table of Contents, Part 2

The front matter of a book communicates a lot of helpful and important information to readers. But publishers and authors often find themselves wondering how to handle that information in their ebook files. In the current installments of my column here on Digital Book World, I am delving into some best practices, ideas and...

Exploiting the Full Potential of the EPUB3 Format

Why Publishers Are Missing out by Not Using EPUB3

If you are a publisher of books that are not strictly narrative, are your ebooks a mirror image of your print books? Or have you taken advantage of the capabilities that the EPUB3 format provides to offer readers an enhanced reading experience? If not, Larry Bennett argues in a blog post for Digital Book...

Exploiting the Full Potential of the EPUB3 Format

Exploiting the Full Potential of the EPUB3 Format

If you are a publisher of books that are not strictly narrative, are your ebooks a mirror image of your print books? Or have you taken advantage of the capabilities that the EPUB3 format provides to offer readers an enhanced reading experience? Ebooks, in rudimentary form, have been around since the 1980s, predating many...

How to Format the Table of Contents in an Ebook

Best Practices for Ebook Front Matter: Table of Contents, Part 1

The front matter of a book communicates a lot of helpful and important information to readers. But publishers and authors often find themselves wondering how to handle that information in their ebook files. In the current installments of my column here on Digital Book World, I am delving into some best practices, ideas and...

Ebook Production 101: The Copyright Page

Best Practices for Ebook Front Matter: Copyright Page, Part 2

The front matter of a book communicates a lot of helpful and important information to readers. But publishers and authors often find themselves wondering how to handle that information in their ebook files. In the current installments of my column here on Digital Book World, I am delving into some best practices, ideas and...

Why Digital Platform Solutions Are Needed in Academic Publishing

Why Digital Platform Solutions Are Needed in Academic Publishing

While traditional books are standalone products, marketed separately and designed to inform without context, their use in academic contexts can be very different. Students use large amounts of digital content in a specific subject area in a short time. Their research, their writing and their pursuit of a degree are focused on a limited...

All About Ebook Production and Cover Images

All About Ebook Production and Cover Images

The front matter of a book communicates a lot of helpful and important information to readers. But publishers and authors often find themselves wondering how to handle that information in their ebook files. So in the next few installments of ebook developer Joshua Tallent’s column on Digital Book World, he will delve into some...

Best Practices for Ebook Front Matter: Cover Image

Best Practices for Ebook Front Matter: Cover Image

The front matter of a book communicates a lot of helpful and important information to readers. But publishers and authors often find themselves wondering how to handle that information in their ebook files. In the next few installments of my column here on Digital Book World, I would like to delve into some best...

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How to Add a page-list to an EPUB

Navigation is an important part of every ebook file, and one navigation option that many publishers often forget when creating their ebooks is page numbers. “Wait… There are page numbers in ebooks?” you might ask. Yes! Page numbers are actually very useful for ebook files and can be a helpful addition to navigating the...

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Introducing DBW Spotlight

Digital Book World is proud to announce the launch of DBW Spotlight—a new way for you to dive deeper into the issues that are important to your business. Starting in September, our editors will devote each month to putting the spotlight on a topic essential to successful digital publishing. Over the course of the...

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Digital Disruption: When, Whether, Whence?

Is the worst of the digital transition over? Some expect mostly smooth sailing for publishers in the next few years, while others say more change is coming that few are prepared to weather. Rather than referee that debate, Digital Book World is putting it under the microscope. Our latest issue in the “DBW In...

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The Publishing Problems Technology Can’t Solve

With ebook growth flattening out, many publishers are doing a bit of housekeeping. It’s smart think about investing in automated production-editorial workflows and other digital solutions, Bibliocloud CEO Emma Barnes observes, but the reason many publishers “think they need a system is usually because of problems with process, not data,” she says. For someone...

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In Defense of Many Ebook Formats

Amazon tends to take flak for hanging onto its proprietary Kindle ebook format. But as digital production expert Joshua Tallent sees it, that’s a little unfair. “Apple has iBooks Author, Barnes & Noble has proprietary formats for children’s books and fixed-layout nonfiction and Inkling has a proprietary XML format, just to name a few.”...

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Why Proprietary Ebook Formats Work

As someone who has been creating ebooks for more than a decade, I am often asked whether I think Amazon will someday let go of its proprietary Kindle format and switch to EPUB. My response has been the same since the question was first posed to me in 2009: I don’t see any reason...

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One EPUB to Rule Them All?

There are those who question whether EPUB is the optimal format for publishers to adhere to in producing digital content. Indeed, some argue that standards themselves hold back innovation. In the meantime, there’s disagreement among ebook developers who work in EPUB whether to generate an individual file to deliver to all retailers or to...

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The Pros and Cons of Single-EPUB Workflows

Many publishers and ebook creation companies strive to create a single EPUB file they can deliver to all of the different retailers, rather than producing different files for each one. While there are pros and cons to this approach to ebook production, my own view is that the pros outweigh the cons. But first,...

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Ten Great Ebook Production Tools

There are many ways to get at the insides of an EPUB—many of them idiosyncratic and unique to the particular needs of a given ebook developer. And not all tools are created equally. So while this isn’t an exhaustive list by any means, it’s a quick guide to some of the best tools for...

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Twelve Ways to Update Print Production Habits

I was reading a novel today on a Kindle Paperwhite—or “dogfooding” as some would like this habit to be called. Despite the engaging content, I kept getting jarred out of the ebook by its low production quality. The formatting wasn’t even so horrible, but small mistakes kept punching me out of my immersive experience....