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Happy International Day Against DRM!
May 3, 2013 | 3:05 pm

DRMHonestly, I hadn't even heard about this until I woke up this morning and checked my phone, but apparently today—that's Friday, May 3, 2013—is something of a holiday in the digital publishing community. It's the fifth annual International Day Against DRM. Huh. The organization behind the holiday—which in reality is more of an awareness-raising movement—is known as Defective by Design. As the DBD website explains, "We are a participatory and grassroots campaign exposing DRM-encumbered devices and media for what they really are: Defective by Design. We are working together to eliminate DRM as a threat to innovation in media, the privacy of...

Weekend Roundup — Meet Blackfriars, a digital-first literary fiction imprint
February 23, 2013 | 9:45 am

Blackfriars logoHTML5 will be the future of publishing (Tools of Change) 60% of Audiobooks Sold Are Now Digital (Galleycat) The great sci-fi hunt: help us find the best independently published books (The Guardian) Little, Brown UK launches digital-first imprint for literary fiction (Paid Content) Kindle Daily Deals: 30 Kindle Fiction e-books for $1.99 or less...

Review: The eBook Design and Development Guide by Paul Salvette
February 2, 2013 | 4:30 pm

The eBook Design and Development Guide So you may have read my review of How to Format your eBook for Kindle, NOOK, Smashwords, and Everything Else. You remember that one, where I sort of missed that the book was no longer for sale? The author was kind enough to send us a review copy of his revised book, The eBook Design and Development Guide, and I will make up for my goof by reviewing the revised version. I prefer the new title. It's more professional and will, I think, clue potential readers to the fact that this a serious book which goes beyond e-book formatting. Salvette has added...

With HTML5, publishers don’t need native apps, says Financial Times
December 4, 2012 | 10:10 pm

Assuming you're interested in the confluence of HTML5 and the monetization of digital publishing, you'll definitely want to check out this recent Mashable article, which covers a panel that took place at the Mashable Media Summit last Friday, November 30. Thinking Outside the App, as the panel was titled, appears to have essentially dealt with just one question, which Mashable reporter Laura Indvik puts forward in her post: "Given the amount of traffic publishers are seeing from mobile web-browsers, coupled with improvements in HTML5 ... does it make sense for publishers to continue to invest in native apps for tablets and smartphones?" Panelist Rob Grimshaw, the...

Inkling expands beyond iOS with HTML5 web-based e-textbook reading app
May 31, 2012 | 12:07 am

isolated laptopWe previously reported that Inkling was launching a free e-book publishing platform in competition to Apple’s more restricted iBook Author, and that it was partnering with Follett in an e-textbook program. Up to this point, the utility of Inkling has been a bit limited in that access to its textbooks was restricted to its iOS app, meaning students had to have iPads to make use of the content and couldn’t use it in anything else. But now TechCrunch reports that Inkling has just unveiled an HTML 5.0 web application that can allow any Inkling e-textbook to be viewed on...

TouchPad offers lessons for tablet makers, sells out of Barnes & Noble
August 23, 2011 | 12:36 am

HP-TouchPad_2The aftershocks of HP’s $99 TouchPad fire sale continue to make themselves felt. On ReadWriteWeb, Dan Rowinski posts an op-ed looking at the lessons the tablet sale can teach. He touches on some of the same points I did yesterday, others are worth mentioning—such as when he points out that the lack of apps for WebOS does not necessarily mean purchasing the tablet is a bad idea. Perhaps spurred on by Apple’s in-app purchase stance, HTML5 browser-run apps are coming in a major way and, Rowinski notes, the TouchPad’s browser is the best one on any of the current crop...

How media companies deal with Apple’s in-app purchase restrictions
August 11, 2011 | 10:15 am

Peter Kafka at All Things D takes a look at the strategies that various media companies are using to deal with Apple’s newly-enforced insistence on a cut of the take from any in-app purchases. Some are acquiescing, or passing the added cost onto consumers. Some are staying in the store and removing the in-app purchase links. Others are trying an end-run around the restrictions altogether, as with Amazon’s released or Kobo’s planned HTML5 apps. I wonder if Apple’s restrictions will end up having any repercussions? We’ve already seen lawyers going after Apple and publishers over agency pricing. Apple seems...

Kobo to develop HTML5 e-reader app
July 26, 2011 | 10:15 pm

In reaction to Apple’s recent implementation of in-app store restrictions, Read Write Web reports, a number of e-reader developers have resorted to building HTML5 applications. These applications are essentially self-contained chunks of HTML code that can download themselves directly into your HTML5-capable device for offline use—and since they aren’t delivered through Apple’s app store, they can contain whatever in-app purchase options the developer wants. One such app is the Financial Times reader, which launched its HTML5 app last month. And today Kobo announced that it was developing an HTML5 e-reader in order to move toward being an “open...

Google’s new authorship markup connects content to authors, even across websites
July 3, 2011 | 1:21 pm

Online content theft will always be a hot topic among authors and publishers, and the boundaries between book and web continue to evolve, so I'm surprised that I haven't seen more ebook blogs discussing Google's new authorship markup concept. About a month ago, the search engine announced that it would start tracking a new markup tag that identifies the author of a particular post or article, then connect that to other pieces with the same tag, even across different domains. Although it won't prevent others from appropriating content without permission, it provides a way to build a Google-validated web of...

Internet Archive digital video library to support HTML5
June 23, 2011 | 10:07 am

Glogo From a News Release: The Internet Archive, the leading non-profit repository of digital media assets, announced today that it has adopted Kaltura’s Video solution to enable its entire digital video library to seamlessly support both HTML5 and Flash in order to provide viewers an optimal online video experience across all browsers and on any portable device. Kaltura’s video player automatically identifies whether the device and browser require a Flash or HTML5 player, and delivers the content accordingly. This deployment follows a related project undertaken by the Wikimedia Foundation to power video in Wikipedia using the same Kaltura open source tools. An...

AZARDI 2011 epub3/html 5 reader is nearing release
May 16, 2011 | 10:34 am

Picture 119 This looks interesting, but a bit technical for me.  From the Digital Publishing blog: As a short diversion from the magnificence of XHTML for publisher content series, we are just a very short time away from releasing AZARDI 2011, our new version of the digital content reader first launched in 2009. AZARDI 2011 is ePub, and HTML5 ready. It is sort of ePub3+ ready with a few conditional rules (we are leaving out the stupid bits). AZARDI 1 was very ePub strict, AZARDI 2011 displays just about anything XHTML(5) because that is the requirement for any reader in 2011.  It bifircates ePub and...

MPS announces ePub 3.0 and HTML5 services
March 29, 2011 | 12:18 pm

Image001 From the press release: MPS Limited, a Macmillan company, today formally launched its new ePub 3.0 and HTML5 content creation and conversion services. MPS has been working with several major players in the publishing industry to prepare their content for ePub 3.0 and HTML5 so they can take advantage of the many new opportunities in the digital arena that these...