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The self-publishing book

By Joe Wikert
November 29, 2012

As we sat in Liza Daly‘s and Keith Fahlgren‘s Books in Browsers presentation many of us wondered why she was wearing an iPhone earbud and mic. Many also noticed her words were being transcribed in a tiny box in the …

Subcompact Publishing

By Joe Wikert
November 21, 2012

I’m a kitchen sink guy. When I want to improve something my first thought is to add to it, ultimately creating a product that has everything but the kitchen sink. I’m not alone. All the bloatware on our computers proves …

We’ve got the tools. Let’s start using them.

By Joe Wikert
November 13, 2012

Our industry has made significant investments in production systems over the years. We’ve all had to evolve from print-only to the various digital formats (e.g., PDF, mobi, EPUB, web, apps, etc.). I’m always amazed to think about how the emphasis …

Four short links: 12 October 2012

By Nat Torkington
October 12, 2012

Code Talks and Designers Don’t Speak the Language (Crystal Beasley) — Many of the bugs, however, require a deep understanding of why the product exists in the marketplace and a thorough understanding of the research that underpins the project. These …

Publishing News: B&N embraces the web

Publishing News: B&N embraces the web
By Jenn Webb
July 20, 2012

B&N launches Nook for Web, Baldur Bjarnason opines on the "madness" of the ebook ecosystem, and a new publishing industry survey serves up positive news.

Publishing News: Subscription experiments and the dangers of paving cow paths

Publishing News: Subscription experiments and the dangers of paving cow paths
By Jenn Webb
July 13, 2012

TED and Next Issue wade into subscription sales models, Anna Lewis admonishes the ebook publishing industry for being oblivious to web opportunities, and two industry writers look into publishing's future.

Responsive design works for websites, why not for digital comic books?

By Jenn Webb
January 23, 2012

In a keynote address, Open Road Media's Pablo Defendini explored what HTML and CSS can offer to digital comic book design.

Responsive design works for websites, why not for digital comic books?

Responsive design works for websites, why not for digital comic books?
By Jenn Webb
January 23, 2012

In a keynote address, Open Road Media's Pablo Defendini explored what HTML and CSS can offer to digital comic book design.

Web-first workflows let publishers focus on the stuff that really matters

Web-first workflows let publishers focus on the stuff that really matters
By Jenn Webb
November 30, 2011

In a recent keynote, PressBooks founder Hugh McGuire said web-first workflows streamline book production so publishers can focus on more important matters, such as writing, finding, and editing great books.

Web-first workflows let publishers focus on the stuff that really matters

By Jenn Webb
November 30, 2011

In a recent keynote, PressBooks founder Hugh McGuire said web-first workflows streamline book production so publishers can focus on more important matters, such as writing, finding, and editing great books.

Publishing News: Early response to the Kindle Lending Library

By Jenn Webb
November 4, 2011

Amazon Prime became even more pervasive with the Kindle Lending Library, the publishing industry joined the piracy lawsuit fray, and presentation videos from the Books in Browsers conference are now available.

Publishing News: Early response to the Kindle Lending Library

Publishing News: Early response to the Kindle Lending Library
By Jenn Webb
November 4, 2011

Amazon Prime became even more pervasive with the Kindle Lending Library, the publishing industry joined the piracy lawsuit fray, and presentation videos from the Books in Browsers conference are now available.

Publishing's tech and edit worlds converge

By Jenn Webb
October 27, 2011

The Books in Browsers conference kicked off this morning. Keynotes, interviews and presentations are being livestreamed today and tomorrow.

Publishing's tech and edit worlds converge

Publishing's tech and edit worlds converge
By Jenn Webb
October 27, 2011

The Books in Browsers conference kicked off this morning. Keynotes, interviews and presentations are being livestreamed today and tomorrow.

Six ways to think about an "infinite canvas"

By Peter Meyers
October 18, 2011

Imagine a canvas that's elastic and infinite. Now consider the content that could exist in this domain. How would it work? How would you interact with it? Pete Meyers considers these questions and more.

Six ways to think about an "infinite canvas"

Six ways to think about an
By Peter Meyers
October 18, 2011

Imagine a canvas that's elastic and infinite. Now consider the content that could exist in this domain. How would it work? How would you interact with it? Pete Meyers considers these questions and more.

When content customization is baked in, ownership trumps access

By Jenn Webb
October 11, 2011

For existing ebook converts already untethered from the symbolic function of a book collection, access to content is quite compelling, says Exprima Media's Corey Pressman. But he says for personalization and customization, ownership is important.

When content customization is baked in, ownership trumps access

When content customization is baked in, ownership trumps access
By Jenn Webb
October 11, 2011

For existing ebook converts already untethered from the symbolic function of a book collection, access to content is quite compelling, says Exprima Media's Corey Pressman. But he says for personalization and customization, ownership is important.

Content is a social creature

Content is a social creature
By Jenn Webb
October 5, 2011

Bob Stein, founder and co-director of The Institute for the Future of the Book, says content has always been social, but the best experiences will come when content is designed for engagement.

Content is a social creature

By Jenn Webb
October 5, 2011

Bob Stein, founder and co-director of The Institute for the Future of the Book, says content has always been social, but the best experiences will come when content is designed for engagement.

At its best, digital design is choreography

By Jenn Webb
September 19, 2011

In this brief interview, Threepress Consulting owner Liza Daly tackles a question about formatting content for browser publishing. She says for design to succeed, authors, artists and developers must work together.

If you're a content designer, the web browser will be your canvas

By Jenn Webb
September 12, 2011

The Internet Archive's Peter Brantley discusses the influence of web browsers on content design and the challenges of complex media.

If you're a content designer, the web browser will be your canvas

If you're a content designer, the web browser will be your canvas
By Jenn Webb
September 12, 2011

The Internet Archive's Peter Brantley discusses the influence of web browsers on content design and the challenges of complex media.

Browser-based privacy controls come with caveats

Browser-based privacy controls come with caveats
By Jenn Webb
March 17, 2011

The IE9 browser update, and reportedly the upcoming Firefox 4 update, include do-not-track options for users. It's a step toward increased digital privacy, but truly effective privacy tools will likely need to come from above the browser level.

Four short links: 27 January 2011

By Nat Torkington
January 27, 2011

Mozilla Home Dash -- love this experiment in rethinking the browser from Mozilla. They call it a "browse-based browser" as opposed to "search-based browser" (hello, Chrome). Made me realize that, with Chrome, Google's achieved a 0-click interface to search--you search without meaning to as you type in URLs, you see advertising results without ever having visited a web site....

Bookish Techy Week in Review

By Kat Meyer
October 29, 2010

In what was a very social bookish-techy week, Books in Browsers inspired much discussion of shared reading; bookish social networks launched - and shuttered; Amazon announced that Kindle will soon be sharing-enabled; and the new color nook was announced.

Bookish Techy Week in Review

By Kat Meyer
October 29, 2010

In what was a very social bookish-techy week, Books in Browsers inspired much discussion of shared reading; bookish social networks launched - and shuttered; Amazon announced that Kindle will soon be sharing-enabled; and the new color nook was announced.

What will the browser look like in five years?

By Mac Slocum
April 20, 2010

The web browser was just another computer application five years ago. Now, it's become not just a portal to the Internet, but an application hub as well. In this Q&A, Opera's Charles McCathieNevile looks ahead to the web browser's next five years.

Four short links: 18 December 2009

By Nat Torkington
December 18, 2009

In Character -- a journal that addresses a different virtue each quarter. I've been thinking of practical philosophy a lot, lately, as we see ever-more-dodgy behaviour. (via bengebre on Delicious) Lessons from Parallelizing Matrix Multiplication -- a reminder why low-level knowledge of your platform matters, and why motivating examples should be carefully chosen. MathJax -- MathJax is an open...

SkyFire Mobile Browser 1.0 and the Flash User Experience

By Kevin Suttle
June 16, 2009

As we all know, Flash on mobile devices is nothing new. Flash Lite is on 400+ different mobile device models and 800 million total devices. It's hard to argue with those numbers. However, with the advent of the iPhone, netbooks, and new mobile operating systems such as Google's Android and Palm's WebOS, users are demanding an experience that mirrors the desktop. Others, as in Adobe and the Open Screen Project, want to take that notion a step further, and bring desktop Flash to mobile devices. The SkyFire mobile browser aims to do just that.

Google's Unique Position and Imperative Need for Browser Interactivity

Google's Unique Position and Imperative Need for Browser Interactivity
By Timothy M. O'Brien
May 28, 2009

Google's clarion call for HTML 5 and rich interactive browser applications marks an interesting fork in the road for technologists. Will we invest our time in learning more proprietary, native APIs to create better iPhone and Adobe AIR applications, or will everything start to move toward a standards-based browser as the underlying platform for interactivity. Despite Google's influence in the market, this isn't a foregone conclusion. Just how long will it take for the content generators to adopt HTML 5? And, what's in it for Google?

3D Web Plugins - The Next Trend?

By Andrew Trice
April 22, 2009

Both Adobe and Microsoft have demonstrated the capabilities and importance of player-based runtimes within the browser -- There is no question about it. There are numerous things that you can do within the player based runtime that allow for an enhanced experience, and amazing graphical capabilities. Now, it appears that more and more 3D browser plugins are popping up.

Internet Explorer Fades, Firefox Stays the Course, Google Chrome Surges

By Kurt Cagle
January 6, 2009

Poor IE. Like the late comedian Rodney Dangerfield, it seems to have a hard time getting much respect these days. Within Microsoft it has long been the unwanted stepchild - ignored when Microsoft shifted gears towards server-side technologies in...

Getting OpenID Into the Browser

By David Recordon
December 2, 2008

Imagine if your web browser knew who you were on the web. Just as you login to your computer, what if when you fired up your browser, it said "Hello Dave" and asked you to "unlock it" as well. In doing so you become securely logged into your OpenID provider and as you move around the web your browser takes care of automatically logging you into the sites that you want to be, asking you about others, and helping you register with new ones using your OpenID. Argue as much as you want about the details in making this happen, but I think it's hard to disagree that making it easier for people to manage and use their identity (or identities) online is a bad thing.

The Future of XForms

By Philip Fennell
October 2, 2008

Some of the recent talk on the Mozilla XForms Project's mailing list (dev-tech-xforms) has been about the winding-down in effort on the Mozilla XForms plug-in. There has been praise for the efforts of those developers involved in the project, and quite rightly so. However, some people may be seeing this as a bad sign for XForms in general. Well, not so I say and the reasons for this are three-fold...

Reflecting Upon Chrome

By Kurt Cagle
September 3, 2008

Scott McCloud may not have intended to become the icon for Google's most recent efforts, but the choice of the veteran cartoonist (and semiotician) was a master stroke on the part of Google for introducing their new web browser, Chrome. McCloud's spare, clean lines, intellectual positing and delicious manipulation of symbols could not better have captured Google's secret skunkworks project. McCloud was commissioned to create a series of web comic pages that would explain the inner workings of the new Google Chrome browser, intended for release later this month, but a fan of McCloud's work apparently leaked the comic early, forcing Google to announce their latest (and arguably most audacious) project to date. As it turns out, the extra month or so of work probably wouldn't have made that much difference - even in beta, it is likely that Chrome has completely changed the balance of power on the web. Rumors that Google has been working on a web browser have been repeatedly heard for years now, but the assumption has long been that Google's physical proximity to Mozilla's headquarters and its general commitment to server-side technology precluded any real benefit for Google in building a browser of its own. Those assumptions, however, appear now to have been wrong.

Tasty Toast Backup Feature

By David Battino
June 18, 2008

A while back, Derrick Story wondered how valuable Roxio Toast still was, given the disc-burning features built in to Mac OS X. Well, Toast hasn't grown moldy; Roxio added a bunch of features right after Derrick's post came out. I've covered two obscure but very cool audio ones: the ability to make high-resolution and surround-sound DVDs. Here's another tasty Toast...

Pre SDK thoughts

By Daniel H. Steinberg
March 6, 2008

As Apple prepares to announce the iPhone SDK in a couple of hours I'm torn. Haven't people been trying to convince us for years of the advantages of browser based applications? And Apple has put the browser on its list of strategically important pieces of the puzzle to own along with hardware and the operating system.


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