Happy International Day Against DRM!

By Dan Eldridge
May 3, 2013 // 0 Comments

Honestly, 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 [...]

Weekend Roundup — Meet Blackfriars, a digital-first literary fiction imprint

By Dan Eldridge
February 23, 2013 // 0 Comments

HTML5 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 [...]

Review: The eBook Design and Development Guide by Paul Salvette

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
February 2, 2013 // 1 Comment

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 [...]

With HTML5, publishers don't need native apps, says Financial Times

By Dan Eldridge
December 4, 2012 // 1 Comment

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 [...]

Inkling expands beyond iOS with HTML5 web-based e-textbook reading app

By Chris Meadows
May 31, 2012 // 0 Comments

We 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 [...]

TouchPad offers lessons for tablet makers, sells out of Barnes & Noble

By Chris Meadows
August 23, 2011 // 1 Comment

The 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 [...]

How media companies deal with Apple’s in-app purchase restrictions

By Chris Meadows
August 11, 2011 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

Kobo to develop HTML5 e-reader app

By Chris Meadows
July 26, 2011 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

Internet Archive digital video library to support HTML5

By libertyc
June 23, 2011 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

AZARDI 2011 epub3/html 5 reader is nearing release

By Paul Biba
May 16, 2011 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

MPS announces ePub 3.0 and HTML5 services

By Paul Biba
March 29, 2011 // 1 Comment

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 [...]

Web apps launched from iOS home screen run slower than in Safari

By Chris Meadows
March 15, 2011 // 3 Comments

This might just be why I found the HTML5 version of Ibis Reader to run so ungodly slow on my first-generation iPod Touch. The Register has determined that iOS runs web applications significantly slower when they’re launched from the home screen than when they’re accessed from the Safari [...]

Web/iPhone/iPad e-book app review: Ibis Reader

By Chris Meadows
March 8, 2011 // 3 Comments

Paul linked to a positive Project Gutenberg review of Ibis Reader a few months ago, but it first came to my direct attention when I tried out Jolicloud and discovered what it was: a web-based EPUB reader. It was an interesting idea, I thought, but I wasn’t sure what it was really good for. But a [...]

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