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HTML5 is the Future of Book Authorship

By Sanders Kleinfeld
September 19, 2013

In the past six years, the rise of the ebook has ushered in three successive revolutions that have roiled and reshaped the traditional publishing industry. Revolution #1 began in November in 2007, when Amazon released its first-generation eInk Kindle. As …

Current state of formats and platforms

By Joe Wikert
April 3, 2013

Remember the old days when PDF was pretty much the only way to distribute content and those PDFs were read on computer screens? PDF still lives, of course, but now we’re also faced with offering content in mobi and EPUB …

What devices and formats do your customers prefer?

By Joe Wikert
March 19, 2013

Most publishers create ebooks in all formats figuring it doesn’t matter whether mobi is more important than EPUB or if the content is read on an iPad more frequently than on a mobile phone. That approach means these publishers have …

Rich multi-media and a web of devices is driving us to a world of standards

By Jenn Webb
February 28, 2013

At the recent TOC conference in New York, I had the opportunity to sit down with Jeff Jaffe, CEO of the World Wide Web Consortium, to talk about the Open Web Platform and standardization issues. In our video interview (embedded …

The publishing industry has a problem, and EPUB is not the solution

By Jani Patokallio
February 26, 2013

This article contains my personal views, not those of my employer Lonely Planet. I’ll be blunt. Ebooks and EPUB are to the publishing industry what Blu-Ray is to the movie industry: a solution to yesterday’s problem made irrelevant by broader …

…and along with EPUB 3: New CSS!

By Nellie McKesson
February 11, 2013

Hopefully you all read Sanders Kleinfeld’s great writeup about O’Reilly’s move to EPUB 3, and the changes and challenges that brings. Along with updating our toolchain, we also revisited our EPUB design and took a stab at improving the user …

O’Reilly’s journey to EPUB 3

By Sanders Kleinfeld
February 7, 2013

We at O’Reilly are very pleased to announce that we have officially upgraded to EPUB 3, and ebook bundles purchased from oreilly.com will now include EPUB 3 files, in addition to Mobi and PDF files. All O’Reilly ebooks released in …

Ebooks and the future of research

By François Joseph de Kermadec
February 6, 2013

Knowledge cannot progress unless it is aware of its past: a knowledge-seeker must reference the works of previous generations. Literary scholars return to manuscripts, musicians to partitions, artists to museums… The continued availability of reference works underpins our entire research …

PDF is still “better”

By Nellie McKesson
January 30, 2013

A few weeks ago, I surprised myself. I had decided to learn a new code language, and O’Reilly of course has a great little book about this particular language, so I pulled up the eBook files, and almost without thinking, …

Forking the book

By Adam Hyde
January 22, 2013

As one of the first mass produced industrial artifacts the book remains a solid cultural signifier of stability. That aura is pretty strong and attractive and makes it pretty hard to think about books as being anything other than static …

High-quality PDF-to-EPUB conversion

By Joe Wikert
January 14, 2013

How many times have you opened an ebook and noticed awkward hyphenations or other conversion errors? I still see this in the majority of the ebooks I buy and it’s clear these are the result of someone not paying attention …

Checking in on DAISY downloads

By Adam Witwer
November 27, 2012

Since adding the accessible DAISY format to our ebook bundles in late 2010, we’ve seen a slow but steady uptick in customers downloading and using these files. In looking at downloads month to month in 2012, we find that downloads are …

The slow pace of ebook innovation

By Joe Wikert
November 9, 2012

I love this comment from Dave Bricker regarding an earlier post, EPUB 3 facts and forecasts: Ebook vendors enjoy a closed loop ecosystem. They have millions of reader/customers who are satisfied with EPUB 2 display capabilities and devices. Amazon readers, …

Wikipedia’s EPUB export feature

By Joe Wikert
November 5, 2012

The “best price” phase of TOC NY 2013 registration is about to end. Don’t wait or you’ll end up paying more than you would today. To save even more on your registration, sign up here and use the discount code …

Ebook problem areas that need standardisation

By bbjarnason
November 1, 2012

The “best price” phase of TOC NY 2013 registration is about to end. Don’t wait or you’ll end up paying more than you would today. To save even more on your registration, sign up here and use the discount code …

The future is bright for ebook prices and formats

By Joe Wikert
October 22, 2012

I typically get a sympathetic look when I tell people I work in the book publishing industry. They see what’s happened with newspapers, they realize many of their local bookstores have disappeared, and most of them have heard about the …

Publishing’s “open” future

By Joe Wikert
October 16, 2012

If I had to summarize the future of publishing in just one word, I’d say “open.” We’re living in a very closed publishing world today. Retailers use tools like digital rights management (DRM) to lock content, and DRM also tends …

Ebooks as native apps vs. web apps

By Joe Wikert
October 5, 2012

Over the past week I’ve posted excerpts from a very insightful email exchange between Bill McCoy of the IDPF and Sanders Kleinfeld of O’Reilly (first piece here and second piece here). This is the final installment of that thread and …

The anchor on ebook prices is gone. Now we'll see where they float

By Jenn Webb
April 17, 2012

Don Linn, president at Firebrand Associates, shares insights into the DOJ lawsuit and offers his take on what lies ahead for publishers and readers.

The anchor on ebook prices is gone. Now we'll see where they float

The anchor on ebook prices is gone. Now we'll see where they float
By Jenn Webb
April 17, 2012

Don Linn, president at Firebrand Associates, shares insights into the DOJ lawsuit and offers his take on what lies ahead for publishers and readers.

The art of marrying content with mobile apps

By Joe Wikert
January 16, 2012

In this TOC Podcast, KiwiTech founder and CTO Gurvinder Batra talks about how his company masters the challenges of developing apps for the publishing industry. He also says native apps are a better option than EPUB.

The art of marrying content with mobile apps

The art of marrying content with mobile apps
By Joe Wikert
January 16, 2012

In this TOC Podcast, KiwiTech founder and CTO Gurvinder Batra talks about how his company masters the challenges of developing apps for the publishing industry. He also says native apps are a better option than EPUB.

Ebook empowerment with EPUB3

By Jenn Webb
July 27, 2011

New features in EPUB3 are expanding the horizons of ebook enhancement. In this interview, Julien Simon and Jérémie Gisserot of Walrus Books discuss the advantages of EPUB3 and what they'd like to see developers do next.

Ebook empowerment with EPUB3

Ebook empowerment with EPUB3
By Jenn Webb
July 27, 2011

New features in EPUB3 are expanding the horizons of ebook enhancement. In this interview, Julien Simon and Jérémie Gisserot of Walrus Books discuss the advantages of EPUB3 and what they'd like to see developers do next.

Creating a Successful eBook (PePcon 2011)

By Ron Bilodeau
May 24, 2011

After my presentation on "Creating a Successful eBook" at PePcon, I got lots of requests for the GREP expressions that I used to clean up my ePub files, so here they are

An era in which to curate skills: report from Tools of Change conference

By Andy Oram
February 18, 2011

Three days of intensive discussion about the current state of publishing wrapped up last night in New York City. Research and sales, authoring and curation, are all still important skills.

An era in which to curate skills: report from Tools of Change conference

By Andy Oram
February 18, 2011

Three days of intensive discussion about the current state of publishing wrapped up last night in New York City. Research and sales, authoring and curation, are all still important skills.

An era in which to curate skills: report from Tools of Change conference

By Andy Oram
February 18, 2011

Three days of intensive discussion about the current state of publishing wrapped up last night in New York City. Research and sales, authoring and curation, are all still important skills.

An era in which to curate skills: report from Tools of Change conference

By Andy Oram
February 18, 2011

Three days of intensive discussion about the current state of publishing wrapped up last night in New York City. Research and sales, authoring and curation, are all still important skills.

Digital publishing should put design above file conversion

By Jenn Webb
January 19, 2011

Joshua Tallent, owner of eBook Architects and a speaker at TOC 2011, discusses the nuts and bolts of digital production.

Digital publishing should put design above file conversion

By Jenn Webb
January 19, 2011

Joshua Tallent, owner of eBook Architects and a speaker at TOC 2011, discusses the nuts and bolts of digital production.

What to expect in EPUB3

By Jenn Webb
January 12, 2011

Bob Kasher, business development manager for integrated solutions at Book Masters and a speaker at TOC 2011, dishes on EPUB3 and what publishers, developers, and consumers can expect from the new release.

What to expect in EPUB3

What to expect in EPUB3
By Jenn Webb
January 12, 2011

Bob Kasher, business development manager for integrated solutions at Book Masters and a speaker at TOC 2011, dishes on EPUB3 and what publishers, developers, and consumers can expect from the new release.

Accessible publishing is good business

By Jenn Webb
January 5, 2011

Dave Gunn, technical manager at the Royal National Institute of Blind People and a speaker at TOC 2011, discusses the bright future of accessible publishing and how it offers moral and financial benefits.

Accessible publishing is good business

By Jenn Webb
January 5, 2011

Dave Gunn, technical manager at the Royal National Institute of Blind People and a speaker at TOC 2011, discusses the bright future of accessible publishing and how it offers moral and financial benefits.

Neat visualization of download ratios for ebook formats offered by O'Reilly

By Andrew Savikas
October 1, 2010

We track the ebook formats customers actually download, and from the start PDF has been the dominant choice. But as this post's associated chart shows, there's been a steady shift toward other formats.

Neat visualization of download ratios for ebook formats offered by O'Reilly

Neat visualization of download ratios for ebook formats offered by O'Reilly
By Andrew Savikas
October 1, 2010

We track the ebook formats customers actually download, and from the start PDF has been the dominant choice. But as this post's associated chart shows, there's been a steady shift toward other formats.

The line between book and Internet will disappear

By Hugh McGuire
September 10, 2010

The timeline and output may be unknown, but the distinction between the Internet and books is arbitrary, and it is destined to disappear. Hugh McGuire examines the transition and takes a few guesses as to what lies ahead.

The line between book and Internet will disappear

The line between book and Internet will disappear
By Hugh McGuire
September 10, 2010

The timeline and output may be unknown, but the distinction between the Internet and books is arbitrary, and it is destined to disappear. Hugh McGuire examines the transition and takes a few guesses as to what lies ahead.

ePub export from InDesign, Tips & Tricks

By Ron Bilodeau
March 8, 2010

I have been wanting to do this for a while and now have the motivation to begin. This past fall, I gave a presentation on how to set up your files (using InDesign) in order to achieve a usable ePub...

How to set up your InDesign files for ePub export

By Ron Bilodeau
December 10, 2009

This morning, I had my first professional speaking gig hosted by the Association of Canadian Publishers. I traveled to Toronto to give a presentation and workshop on how to set up InDesign files for ePub export. I have included a...

Inside the E-book Wars: Sony Turns up the Heat

By William Stanek
December 9, 2009

William Stanek here, delivering a new installment in my "Inside the E-book Wars" series. As I let you know in earlier posts, Barnes & Noble began shipping the Nook and Sony began shipping the Reader Daily Edition (PRS-900) in time...

So Long iPod, Hello E-Reader

By William Stanek
November 4, 2009

William Stanek here, talking about electronic paper displays (EPDs). In my earlier blog entries, I introduced EPDs, discussed how the technology works, and delved briefly into ways they're being used. Now, I'll dig in and take a closer look at...

Dear Adobe Digital Editions Team

By Keith Fahlgren
May 21, 2009

Adobe has made extensive contributions to the world of EPUB software, but needs to go a few steps further with their Digital Editions product.

Adobe Improves ePub Export from InDesign, But Still Has a Ways to Go

By Ron Bilodeau
May 21, 2009

So Adobe has finally released the latest update for InDesign CS4 (6.0.2). Basically, before this update was released, the ePub export functionality was broken. Here is the latest blog post from Adobe about the update: http://blogs.adobe.com/digitaleditions/2009/05/indesign_602_and_epub_export.html. With this update, I...

DocBook-XSL 1.74.1 Released with Improved ePub Output

By Keith Fahlgren
February 18, 2009

Generate ePub files from your DocBook XML today using the first stable release with ePub support, DocBook-XSL 1.74.1.

Metrics from the O'Reilly Bookworm release

By Liza Daly
February 12, 2009

This is the kind of web usage report that makes site managers ecstatic and software engineers cringe, and as I'm playing both roles in this case I'd describe it as a feeling of giddy terror. Bookworm has been online...

Bookworm and O'Reilly Labs

By Liza Daly
February 10, 2009

I'm extremely pleased to announce that the Bookworm project is now part of O'Reilly Labs.

Reviving the Labs - "It's alive...."

By Simon St. Laurent
February 10, 2009

After a long hibernation, O'Reilly Labs has returned, with a mix of software and code that should excite casual ebook readers as well as dedicated publishing technologists.


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