Major Book Publishers Unveil Their E-Book Offerings
OEBF officials also introduced the chairpeople of their new working groups and showcased version 1.0 of EBX, open e-book publishing standards, which offer publishers interoperability among e-book reading devices. You can download the standards from the OEBF Web site at www.openebook.org.
"Our goal is to reduce the costs and simplify for publishers content creation for the electronic medium," said David Ornstein, chief technical office of Nuvomedia and chairperson of OEBF, a non-profit industry-wide consortium of electronic content and device developers.
Among its many features, the system enables publishers to automatically convert a designed e-book into different formats readable by various e-book devices such as the Pocket PC, Rocket E-Book, or for viewing on a Web browser or as a PDF file. "We think this is the standard for the e-book world," said Ornstein.
Time Warner's new e-publishing venture will be comprised of three units
* iRead will feature published works from Time Warner and Little, Brown & Co in digital format, including new and early releases from brand-name authors, hundreds of backlist books and time-sensitive content, such as business books in e-format.
* iWrite will accept complete or in-progress, online submissions from aspiring authors for consideration by Time Warner and other editors. "iWrite is an open door for publishing consideration," said Time Warner officials. "The most popular works will be considered not only for digital publication through iWrite, but also for print publication through Time Warner Trade Publishing's off-line imprints and distribution channels."
* iLearn will offer lectures from brand-name authors and in-house experts on the business of writing, perfecting their craft, successful packaging and promotion, and more.
Gregory Voynow, vice president and director of online marketing and development for Time Warner Trade Publishing, heads the new venture. Claire Zion, most recently executive editor at Warner Books, serves as editorial director of iPublish.com.