On Monday March 23rd, an all-day series of panel talks  took place at the Paris Book Fair, to discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by accessible publishing in France. This covered a wide range of topics such as: regulatory issues (copyright exceptions), business models, production practices and end-user perspectives.
The EDUPUB community gathered in Phoenix, Arizona at the end of February to plan and decide on the deliverables for 2015. The series of meetings were well attended and graciously hosted by the University of Phoenix. As reflected in the agenda (http://imsglobal.org/ feb2015UofPhoenix.html#Summit ) the goals were focused on those tasks required to move the work done over the past two years into the implementation phase. Chief among those tasks was the work needed to gain consensus on the initial requirements.
Have you heard about EPUB-WEB? This white paper, written (on an unofficial basis) by two leading experts at the IDPF and W3C promises “full convergence between online and offline/portable document publishing: publishers and users won't need to choose one or the other, but can switch between them dynamically, at will”.
Indie authors have a lot of options when it comes to deciding where to distribute and sell their ebooks. Although indie authors cannot currently sell enhanced ebooks on any major platforms, they do have the option to put their books up for sale before their release date, at least on Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble (via Smashwords).
Although there are a number of websites on which to sell and distribute ebooks, the focus of this post will be on Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, and Amazon.
HarperCollins Publishers has announced the completion of their transition to EPUB 3 for all new e-book titles; all new e-books are now being distributed in EPUB 3 with backward compatibility to EPUB 2.
Adding media overlays is a great feature for children's ebooks, because it highlights words as they are narrated. The process is fairly straightforward and involves three types of files:
For an overview of media overlays, read EPUBZone’s EPUB 3 Media Overlays (http://epubzone.org/news/epub-3-media-overlays)
The next gathering of the EDUPUB community will take place in Phoenix, Arizona (USA) on February 26 and 27, 2015. A preliminary program is now available, and registration is open. The summit will launch the implementation phase of EDUPUB, a cross-organizational initiative to develop a comprehensive open platform for next-generation learning content based on EPUB 3, IMS standards for learning environment integration, and the overall Open Web Platform.
Digital is the Future. The New Profession in Publishing (Italian version below)
On Thursday, December 4 the Link Campus University in Italy hosted the conference Digital is the Future, the New Profession in Publishing, a meeting organized by WAY TO ePUB and sponsored by Agid (Agenzia per l’Italia Digitale – Agency for Digital Italy) to discuss the results and prospects in the digital publishing.