New EPUB for Education Draft Released

Student2nd Editors Draft of the EPUB for Education Profile has been released.  Digital content in education has the potential to significantly improve learning outcomes, as it can better support accessibility, adapt to individual learning modes, increase engagement and experiential learning through interactivity, provide immediate assessments and analytics, and increase social connectivity.

The EPUB for Education profile defined in this specification represents the effort to adapt the functionality of the EPUB® 3 format to the unique structural, semantic and behavioral requirements of educational publishing.

The profile builds on the EPUB 3 specification in the following ways:

  • It adds semantics for common educational publishing components and structures.
  • It defines how to include content that may be created external to the narrative text workflow, such as interactives and assessment (e.g., QTI).
  • It includes accessibility features to enable compliance with educational standards.
  • It enables the identification of discrete content entities.
  • It allows the embedding of shared educational scriptable components.
  • It adds support for annotations.
  • It defines guidelines for the production and inclusion of images.

The full draft is online now: EPUB for Education Editor’s Draft – 11 February 2016

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From 1930’s “Readies” to Modern eBooks

While many know that the paperback book came to us in the 1930s, few know that the concept for electronic books arose at the same time. According to Wikipedia, the idea of the e-reader came to writer and impresario Bob Brown after watching his first “talkie” (movies with sound). In 1930, he wrote an entire book on this invention and titled it “The Readies” [/reed-eeze/] playing off the name of the “talkie.”

ebook-formatsWrote Brown: “The written word hasn’t kept up with the age… The movies have outmaneuvered it. We have the talkies, but as yet no Readies.” He explained why it was needed, saying: “To continue reading at today’s speed, I must have a machine.” He described his ideal future e-reader as: “A simple reading machine which I can carry or move around, attach to any old electric light plug and read hundred-thousand-word novels in 10 minutes if I want to, and I want to.” Furthermore, this machine would “allow readers to adjust the type size and avoid paper cuts.”

It would take over 40 years for Brown’s prescient vision to become reality.

Continue at The History of eBooks from 1930’s “Readies” to Today’s GPO eBook Services

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Taking a Global View of Book Publishing

With the new report “Global Trends in Publishing“, the Frankfurt Book Fair Business Club has produced an overview of current developments in the international book market. The report’s author is the well-known industry expert Rüdiger Wischenbart.

From the Introduction

This white paper presents a range of key figures and perspectives to illustrate the forces influencing the transformation of the international book business. Book publishing is undergoing a profound transformation.

Global Trends in Publishing 2014While the transition from print to digital provides the most headlines, the process of change is in fact more complex. This is because digitization, as the driving force, is being reinforced by globalization in an industry that has traditionally been very strongly subject to national and linguistic borders. The transformation of the book business is also embedded in the wider context of the digitization value chain affecting all the content industries. New, genuinely digital actors have entered the marketplace, with Google, Apple and Amazon only the most visible examples.

Meanwhile, each link in the value chain has seen the emergence of new players, the adaptation of old ones – including some in neighbouring fields – and the development of new competition between local (or regional) actors and the global players that are now making massive inroads.

The main focus of this paper is on trade publishing, with only a few references made to the professional and scientific, medical and technical (STM) sectors, or to educational publishing. At the same time, it is also important to look at book publishing within the wider context of other media and entertainment sectors, although a full comparative analysis exceeds the scope of our approach.

While the paper certainly falls short of being a map of the often turbulent waters we all need to navigate, we nevertheless hope to have provided the reader with a helpful overview – with a set of coordinates that will encourage a realistic understanding and support a meaningful debate.

Download the white paper at Global Trends in Publishing 2014.


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vPrompt: Ushering in the Future of Publishing

Ameet ChauhaanvPrompt has been named one of Silicon India’s 50 Fastest Growing Companies

The first eBook reader appeared in the market in the year 1998. But how many of us know when the idea of making an eBook or digital book took birth? It was in 1930 when Bob Brown watched his first talkie movie. He believed that in future there will be a machine that will allow us to keep up with the vast volume of print available today and be optically pleasing. Today, 85 years after the incident, digitization of content like books, journals, research papers and other documents have become a ‘Must To Do’. Companies irrespective of industry verticals are moving towards digitization of their content. But the challenge is to find such partner who can ensure that each document management project is completed in a timely and efficient manner.

The disruptive nature of digitization, coupled with a strong domestic demand for technology initiatives that help improve operational efficiency and effectiveness at optimal costs, has already led to successful start-ups and innovative solutions that are ready to be scaled further. However, it is essential to partner with the right solution provider to scale-up further. And vPrompt eServices is the best reliable partner. The company understands the differences between various publishing businesses and their needs, thus offering tailored services. vPrompt is highly acknowledged for its unique ability of walking the talk with its customers in every stage of content, production and digitization services to global clients in both STM (Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers) and non-STM domains including academic books/journals.

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Summary Report – eBooks: The Revolution Will Be Digitized

This report was prepared for the Shenzhen-UNESCO International Conference on “Digital Books and Future Technology” (November 29-30, 2014 in Shenzhen, China) by A.D. Hitchens.

From the Introduction:

The digital revolution continues to modernize, disrupt, and fundamentally change the way in which we engage with our surroundings. The resulting increase in interconnectedness is continuing to catalyze the human thirst for immediate access to information and content.

Amidst all of the changes, there are many questions that should be asked and explored: Are we able to draw any conclusions about how eBooks will fare by looking at other digital content industries? How will the economic interests of publishers and rights owners influence the spread and use of eBooks? Will the globalized media corporate landscape impose a “developed-country” first approach or is there room for developing and emerging countries to adapt their own strategy? Can traditional print continue to coexist with the explosive growth of its digital form? How can governments aid in the development of this industry?

KindleHitchens argues that exactly because eBook technology is the last piece of the content industries’ assimilation into a globally interconnected world, its development and promulgation will trigger major changes in the publishing industry and in our ways of consuming books.

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