An opinionated guide to digital publishing specifications

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The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is a standards organization serving the “open web” — the set of freely available specifications that underpin most of the visible internet. In the years since the W3C was founded, all modern businesses have become “web” businesses, with their own industry-specific processes, jargon, and priorities. To that end, the… 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 »

TOC, APIs, and Streaming Books

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I just returned from TOC 2013. I got the chance to catch up with colleagues and friends, as well as meeting new ones (and since I work remotely, I even got to meet some of my Safari colleagues IRL for the first time!) The programming for this year’s TOC offered a few high points, as… Read more »

Streaming Digital Books: IDPF Digital Book 2012 session

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The following presentation was given at IDPF Digital Book 2012. I recommend viewing the original HTML5 presentation (requires a recent WebKit browser, and was optimized for the 1024×768 projector). The source code can be downloaded and used according to the terms of the accompanying license. Audio of the original talk is kindly made available by… Read more »

Extra layers of EPUB validation

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Author: Keith Fahlgren, Director of Engineering at Safari Books Online Now that Threepress has joined Safari Books Online, we’ve been given access to (and responsibility for shepherding) a huge number of EPUBs. This has made me painfully aware of the current suite of tools and techniques available to both publishers and businesses working with EPUBs…. Read more »

Major Bookworm release

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Details over at O’Reilly Labs: New features and bug fixes for Bookworm. Most of these are (by design) internal and not user-facing, but at least two are notable and possibly quite fun. Feedbooks integration At the bottom of the user library page (your home page when you log in), there’s now an option to download… Read more »

ePub talk at AAUP

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There was a sizable crowd and some good questions from the audience at our eformats talk at AAUP. I had to do half the presentation cowboy-style — no slides, no notes — when my USB drive turned out to be Mac-formatted and the slides had to be recovered from email. Thank you Kate! The theme… Read more »