Pressing Books from the web

June 27th, 2011 by Anna von Veh § 0 comments § permalink

Earlier this year, I was searching for a web-based tool that could be used to create both EPUBS and print books. Given the rise and rise of EPUB, Print on Demand, and the increasing sophistication of HTML5 and CSS3 for print as well as onscreen, this seemed like the future of publishing.

As mentioned elsewhere on this site, I was aware of a few companies experimenting in this area. And then I came across Hugh Maguire’s new venture PressBooks, which aims to do just what I was looking for. » Read the rest of this entry «

(X)HTML5 and CSS3 for print and digital products?

May 10th, 2011 by Anna von Veh § 1 comment § permalink

Given that the present/future of publishing is digital (I include POD in this), it would seem a good idea to focus on and develop the potential of (X)HTML5 (strict) and CSS3 for all publishing (print products, EPUB, mobile, etc) rather than going down the DTP and ‘traditional’ XML route.

The argument for this: » Read the rest of this entry «

Musings on XML

May 10th, 2011 by Anna von Veh § 0 comments § permalink

Why publishers need XML

In general, most people in the book publishing industry, particularly in the creative side of the business are there because they love reading and words, love books and are creative, literate and artistically minded people.

This has meant that the craft of creating publications often evolved in an adhoc and unstructured way, with much love and care being given to a book, following a fluid organic process. » Read the rest of this entry «