xml

authors, books, ebooks, website, content, newsletter

What Authors Should Know About Ebook Formatting

This is part three of a six-part series. You’ve got your finished manuscript in Microsoft Word and you’re ready to turn it into an ebook. You need to convert it into MOBI format (for Amazon Kindle) and EPUB (for everywhere else). There are various companies, tools and programs that can convert your file for...

NIMAS: Opportunities With XML-Based Accessibility Specifications for Publishers

NIMAS: Opportunities with XML-Based Accessibility Specifications for Publishers

Since the early nineteenth century invention of braille, the concept of making written content available to the blind or visually impaired has been a noble aspiration of civilized society. Making that concept a practical reality is another matter. Even as new, more automated, technologies arise, the challenges of accessibility remain formidable. For educational publishers,...

Automated Cleanup for Word Manuscripts

Automated Cleanup for Word Manuscripts

If 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...

Confronting Digital Production Challenges

In March, we hosted a popular series of webcasts covering three major areas in ebook production today: design and typography, source file preparation and digital workflow development. All three of those sessions were flooded with questions the speakers didn’t have time to answer. So we asked each of them to address the most critical ones. In the...

FAQ: Book Publishing Workflow

In late November, we held a webcast in which we discussed the finer points of publishing workflow for a high-tech publishing operation. There were many questions on the webcast that went unanswered. Here they are below, with answers. Some of the questions have been edited slightly to give context. For the entire webcast, including...

How Ebooks Have Changed Book Production and Workflow

Much has changed when it comes to producing books these days and ebooks and new production technologies have been the catalysts. Here is an overhead view on some of the biggest, most-sweeping changes from Matt LeBlanc, director of digital workflow at F+W Media (which owns and operates Digital Book World). Related: Join Adobe and...

Four Things Trade Publishers Can Learn From STM Publishers

Unlike other media businesses, trade publishing was insulated from the ravages of digital distribution of content until a distribution system arose that could disrupt traditional channels. But in the six years since Amazon’s Kindle hit the scene, trade publishers have transformed their revenues, staffs and workflows to represent the new ebook reality of the...