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Ebooks are no longer the novelty they were only 2-3 years ago, but the publishing industry is still experiencing massive disruption from the effects of the digital revolution. Recently considering three different aspects of today’s publishing landscape, I came to one conclusion: the role of the editor is paramount and likely to increase in importance. Read the rest of this entry »

This article provides a brief introduction to the EPUB format (EPUB 2 and EPUB 3 standards), how EPUB differs from other digital book formats, book design considerations and ebook readers supporting EPUB. The article is intended for publishers and production managers without an IT background.  Read the rest of this entry »

This article provides a brief guide to ebook conversion, covering what it involves and how to select a conversion service, with an emphasis on maintaining quality.

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For a publisher wanting to produce a book for e-readers, the production challenges are considerably more complex than for print. A familiar landscape easily navigated by experienced staff has become an unstable terrain guarded by new gatekeepers, and nobody has a reliable map. (Part 2 of Ebook (un)availability.)

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This 2010 article has been updated for the release of EPUB 3. Read the newer version here: EPUB: an introduction

1. What is “ePub”?

ePub is a format for digital books. It is an XML format that has been defined by the International Digital Publishing Form (IDPF) (, which is the international standards committee for digital publishing. Read the rest of this entry »

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