Digital Book World is offering a free webinar (sponsored by Aptara) next week, September 20th. More info is below (from the website where you can register)
eBooks are the most dominant force in contemporary publishing, but skyrocketing consumer sales aside, what is their real impact on book publishers’ operations and bottom lines?
In this free WEBcast, we’ll reveal the results, trends, and best practices of eBook publishers as uncovered over the past two years in a three-survey series conducted by Aptara. What works and what doesn’t? From production techniques, preferred file formats and distribution channels, to enhanced eBooks and apps strategies, we’ll discuss how the findings correspond and differ across publishing market segments. In addition to sharing insight collected from over 1,300 publishers, we’ll talk with digital experts from both sides of the Atlantic to understand how digital publishing is evolving in the United States and Europe. Continue reading
There have been lots of surveys floating around about eBooks this past year. Two of those surveys released results in the last couple of weeks.
The first was done by the Primary Research Group, Library Use of Ebooks, 2011 Edition. This is available for purchase ($89) and includes data on library spending and contracts for eBooks from specific vendors, aggregator and consortial purchasing of eBooks, how libraries are teaching patrons to use eBooks, cataloging and MARC records, audio book purchasing, ILL, how specific types/genres of books are used. There is also significant information on eBook readers and libraries plans to purchase devices. Respondent libraries are listed (Wright State University being one of them, thus I have a copy of the report), summary of main findings, numeric data from the entire sample, library type, and budget, and comments are all provided in the report. Continue reading
Aptara and Digital Book World are sponsoring a complimentary webinar on November 2nd on the development and production of eBooks. The description from their website, where you can register, is:
Enhanced eBooks and apps aren’t simple, natural extensions of their printed counterparts. They require a great deal of careful planning, due to differences in eReader capabilities and implementations, as well as complexities of the original publication.
Join us for a show-and-tell, of sorts, as we walk you through the development and production process from print to enhanced eBooks and apps.
Using a real life book as an example, we’ll review the key planning and execution considerations each step of the way. Continue reading
Aptara and Gilbane Group Present
eBooks, Apps and Print?, How to Effectively Produce it All Together
TUESDAY • SEPTEMBER 28, 2010
11 AM EDT / 4 PM (16:00) GMT
You’ve committed to an eBook strategy for growth. Now what?
One of the most perplexing problems facing publishers is how to master the technology, workflow and format variables required to optimize eBook production, while still producing print and piloting Apps in parallel. The solution lies in modifying your publishing processes to enable cost-effective, multi-channel output.
In this 60 minute complimentary webinar, eBook and industry experts from Gilbane Group and Aptara describe an approachable single content strategy for achieving production flexibility and monetizing content assets in an explosive, mobile-centric market. Continue reading
I attended the Digital Book World/Aptara webinar today -eBooks vs. Apps: The Pros, Cons, and Possibilities. My notes are below, summarizing the content. Very interesting webinar and some really good content, eye opening for a librarian to see what features are being discussed for enhanced ebooks, brings back memories of interfaces past and present. Slides are available – definitely look at the comparison chart, discussed below.
Speakers: Eric Freese, Pablo Defendini and Peter Costanzo; Moderator: Guy LeCharles Gonzalez
enhanced ebooks – are easier to develop because it the preparation of a data file, usually less expensive, based on a standard, interoperable because they are built on EPUB, but some vendors will wrap DRM around them making them slightly inoperable.
apps – are programs specifically written for a platform and interoperability cannot be guaranteed; easier for the functionality to be successful by it required custom development expertise. Continue reading
Eric Freese, and Aptara Solutions Architect, wrote an article for the Digital Book World blog yesterday, “Google Editions: what we know and don’t know.” In this article he discusses content, platforms, partners, EPUB, price, and the possibility of a “gpad” type tablet in the future. Unfortunately, as the title suggests, there is much we don’t know about Google Editions, but the article is still a great summary.
eBooks vs. Apps: The Pros, the Cons, the Possibilities – a free webcast sponsored by Aptara, a community partner of Digital Book World.
Between the overwhelming popularity of the iPad and the increased adoption and continuing evolution of ePub, the opportunities and sales channels for digital books have exploded over the past 12 months. Most publishers agree that some ebook titles justify the extra investment for enhancement, but determining the degree of interactivity and technical approach best-suited to the book and your budget can be daunting. In this free WEBcast, Ebooks vs. Apps: The Pros, Cons, and Possibilities, we will explore the production and budgetary benefits and pitfalls of developing applications versus enhancing ebooks. Continue reading
Aptara Corp. conducted a survey recently about eBooks, uncovering their impact on the publishing market. The results were shared with the community. They are now offering a 2nd survey on eBooks, documenting the evolving impact of eBooks. It’s 19 questions for publishers about the type/number of titles produced each year and your involvement in eBook publishing, ROI, file types, eReaders, and more. If you are interested in participating, the survey is available here. They recommend using IE for best results.
Aptara is sponsoring a complimentary webinar called “Exactly What NOT to do When Making the Move From Print Publishing to New Media.” It will be held on Thursday, June 17th at 2 p.m. EDT. Register online.
Key topics include:
- managing, delivering content more efficiently
- evaluating XML tools
- keeping authors happy
- coming out ahead of digital technology curve
- making tools work for you