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Holding out on EPUB3 Gets Harder as UX Gets Better

To hear one leading ebook developer tell it, EPUB3 is still greeted with obstinance by a sizable handful of publishers and distributors. But holding out is getting ever harder to justify, especially as digital production specialists become more adept at utilizing EPUB3’s features to improve the user experience. “If for no other reason, I...

How to Build Rich Navigation in EPUB3

EPUB3 is no longer all that new, but there still seems to be some reluctance among digital publishers to make the final move to a full-fledged EPUB3 workflow. In just the last two months I’ve been asked several times about the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of making the switch. And I’ve offered my opinion, unasked,...

Apple’s Big Move

How Apple's iOS 8 could shift the e-reading terrain by adding many more iBooks customers, future-proofing ebooks, rumors of a new Kindle on the horizon, inside Amazon's new Kindle Direct payouts and much more.

EPUB3 Fixed Layout Ebooks Now Available to Libraries Through OverDrive

Webcast: Creating Fixed-Layout EPUB with Adobe InDesign—Tools and Best Practices [Press Release] EPUB3 fixed layout eBooks now live at public libraries through OverDrive Fully-illustrated eBooks based on open industry standards available for the first time for libraries OverDrive’s browser-based OverDrive Read™ allows seamless reading on any device with a modern web browser and now optimizes...

How Hachette Can Beat Amazon

An idea so crazy it just might work, a small publisher goes to bat for Jeff Bezos, the American Booksellers Association goes on the attack against Amazon, Next Big Book wins BEA start-up contest and more.

EPUB3 Key to Growing Illustrated Ebooks Internationally?

There’s no shortage of publishers ready to declare illustrated ebooks a lost cause, at least until further notice. But according to one Japanese publisher speaking at the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) at Book Expo America in New York City today, there are two reasons to hold out hope: international markets and EPUB3. Related:...

eBook Architects Pilots Quality Assurance Tool

[Press Release] FlightDeck Tool from eBook Architects Launches Open Beta Firebrand Technologies, a leading publishing industry technology services company, announced today that its eBook Architects team has released a new EPUB quality assurance tool, FlightDeck, into a 2-month open beta. FlightDeck gives publishers and authors clear and actionable information on the quality and salability...

Txtr Launches EPUB3 Reader for iOS Using Readium SDK

Related: Understanding EPUB3 Webcast Series | More EPUB3 Knowledge from DBW [Press Release] txtr first to launch EPUB 3 reader for iOS 7 with Readium SDK A new range of illustrated books such as comics, cookbooks, children’s books and interactive books become available for parents and their kids. txtr, the leading independent e-reading platform...

Semantics and Simplicity Are Keys to ‘Future-Proof’ EPUB3 Content

“Think about what your content means. We lose sight of the fact that content actually means something,” said Josha Tallent, chief ebook architect at Firebrand Technologies, discussing the practical aspects of EPUB3 at the Digital Design and Production Conference at Digital Book World 2014 in New York. Semantic language should be the focal point...

Globalization Partners International Promises to Simplify Ebook Translation and Publishing With New Tool

[Press Release] Translation Company Globalization Partners International launches e-book translation and desktop publishing services in over 100 languages. Globalization Partners International (GPI), a provider of comprehensive document, software and website translation services announced today that it has launched a comprehensive e-book translation and desktop publishing service. The new service will allow e-book publishers and...

Why Publishers Are Making a Push for EPUB3 Now

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) announced a major initiative to accelerate adoption of EPUB3 earlier this week. This latest version of EPUB, the widely used open standard format for digital publications, is based on the latest Web Standards including HTML5. But given that the vast majority of ebooks selling today are fiction and text-centric...

AAP Supports Ambitious EPUB3 Plan

While retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Apple seem set on an ebook strategy involving custom file formats essentially creating “walled gardens” where readers can buy and read books but have a tougher time importing and exporting them, publishers are pushing for quite the opposite. The Association of American Publishers came out with...

HTML5, The Future — And Now — of Publishing

While there is still some debate and discussion, I believe the war is over and HTML5 is the future of digital publishing. Whether the HTML is packaged in an EPUB file, displayed as a website, or packaged as an app, its richness and ubiquity make it the perfect language for expressing content. For clarification,...

EPUB3: One File, Many Ebooks

A single EPUB3 file can be used to create an ebook for all e-readers, explained Liz Castro, tech expert and author, at the IDPF conference in New York. Then Castro pointed out the obvious advantages of this efficiency: • Ebooks are less expensive to produce. • Changes can be made more simply. • Quality...