*+-Giacomo D’Angelo, product manager at Narcissus.me describes how BackTypo promises to help authors build beautiful books simply and easily.
*+-Technical books, with charts and graphs, have always been a challenge for e-readers like the Kindle. DCL, working with MIT Press, believes it has come up with a solution.
*+-Today in Paris Readium.org launched its new open EPUB 3 SDK Project and has formalized a strong and varied consortium of international players to support it.
*+-Realizing no single major Japanese vendor supported fixed layout e-books, Sakkam Press was forced to switch to reflowable formats. Here’s how they managed it.
*+-The PDF is firmly entrenched in corporate culture, but as digitally savvy employees push for a sensible way to consume long documents at work the e-book format will take hold.
*+-Like Kobo, Amazon’s Japan e-bookstore is hampered by limited title selection, but the recent launch will motivate publishers to finally digitize their catalogs.
*+-EPUB3 is a scalable, flexible format for publishers, says Hachette’s Luc Audrain, but even a year after its introduction not all retailers are ready for it.
*+-As digital markets develop, we’ll likely see more walled garden platforms emerge, even if the seeds for these were sown in the humble PDF.
*+-The grassroots Publication Standards Project aims ‘to advocate a saner digital publishing landscape,’ while promoting standardization, access and ease of use.
*+-The demise of the Japan’s proprietary XMDF e-book format opens the door to EPUB3 and international standards and competition.
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