Streamlining CSS Print Design with Sass

Posted by & filed under ebooks, epub, Programming & Development.

Three years ago, my colleagues and I in O’Reilly Media’s Production department made the decision to rearchitect our print-publishing software toolchain to support typesetting print books in HTML and CSS. Doing print layout with web technology was a fairly radical notion at the time (and still is today!), especially in traditional publishing-industry circles where commercial… Read more »

In the Editor’s Queue: Three Good Reads on Innovation

Posted by & filed under Business, Content - Highlights and Reviews, ebooks, management, Safari.

One of the best things about being Safari’s new(ish) editor in chief is discovering the many gems in our vast book and video collection. Given my background in business publishing, I’ve been spending a lot of time combing through our management content with an eye towards resources that I think will be particularly useful for… Read more »

NaNoGenMo 2014: A procedurally generated mysterious codex

Posted by & filed under book design, css, design, digitization, ebooks, html5, publishing, python, Tech.

  This is the second year of Darius Kazemi’s NaNoGenMo project: write code that generates a “novel.” NaNoGenMo is, obviously, a playful turn on National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) — as is Safari’s blog-post-a-day-in-November. The “novel” is defined however you want. It could be 50,000 repetitions of the word “meow”. It could literally grab a… Read more »

The superior economics of well-crafted ebooks

Posted by & filed under accessibility, authoring, book design, css, design, Digital Publishing, ebooks, epub, html5, talks, Tech.

I originally presented this talk on ebook markup to an audience of ebook developers and publishers. As someone who cares deeply about accessibility and discovery, it’s a subject that tends to get me agitated, but I tried to be extra-polite because my audience was Canadian. My hope is that as web-based book resources like Safari… Read more »

What publishing needs from the web (and how you can help)

Posted by & filed under annotations, authoring, ebooks, epub, html5, publishing.

For a few months now I’ve served as co-chair of “DPUB”, the W3C Digital Publishing Interest Group, (with Markus Gylling, who somehow has time to be a wonderful CTO of two different standards organizations). DPUB acts as a channel for those of us in digital publishing to influence the development of web standards like HTML5… Read more »

New Books and Videos on Flow

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In reviewing customer feedback, we’ve come to appreciate just how important it is that Flow offers a large, diverse, and growing selection of books and videos. We’re glad to receive that feedback because we built Flow to recommend an unending and evolving stream of content on our favorite topics. At Safari, we’re lucky enough to… Read more »

FutureBook 2013 wrap-up

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[Ed. Thank you Richard Nash for attending the event and writing this guest post for us.] As much of what is to be found here on Safari began its life as a book, it behooves us to attend conferences about what the book is, now and into the future. So last week I attended the FutureBook conference… Read more »