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Software for PDF Workflows is Already Emerging
November 1, 1998

By Rose Blessing The following are just a few of the many PDF-related tools shown at Seybold San Francisco. www.acquiredknowledge.com EZ-PDF, from Acquired Knowledge With EZ-PDF, a prepress pro can set up PDF Distiller menu settings for a client's typical work and "package" them for the clients to use. EZ-PDF also includes pre-defined styles for common types of work such as digital advertising, large-format output or Web viewing. EZ-PDF can be configured to accept and/or automatically fill in job ticket information, according to the Portable Job Ticket Format specification defined by Adobe Systems. www.adobe.com Adobe PostScript Extreme, from Adobe Extreme is an extensible systems

A PDF Internet Community Speeds Progress
November 1, 1998

By Rose Blessing Industry implementation of PDF workflows may progress rapidly because it requires minimal investment: a $295 software package and maybe some associated tools can get you started, noted some speakers at Seybold San Francisco in September. The Internet is also a factor, where PDF pioneers are generously sharing what they learn as they go. Stephan Jaeggi, a prepress consultant based in Switzerland, has involved himself in cooperative industry efforts to explore the potential and the limitations of PDF for high-end prepress. His white paper, "PDF for Prepress," originally intended for a developer audience, and slides from a presentation, "Working with PDF Today," presented at

PDF Takes Center Stage
November 1, 1998

by Tatyana Sinioukov Seybold Seminars program director Thad McIlroy, Arcadia House, highlights key issues of PDF workflows Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF), the new golden child of the publishing industry, was a hot topic at Seybold in San Francisco in September. As PDF workflows are being implemented in various ways by industry pioneers, many agree that PDF stands a very good chance of becoming the standard for digital workflows in the near future. PDF, says Thad McIlroy, president of the San Francisco-based Arcadia House and program director, Seybold Seminars, will have a profound impact on the efficiency and profitability of workflows. A major advantage

The Electronic Book Arrives
November 1, 1998

by Tatyana Sinioukov The next big idea -- the electronic book--has materialized in this fall's releases of SoftBook and Rocket eBook by the two Silicon Valley companies, SoftBook Press, Menlo Park, CA, and NuvoMedia, Palo Alto, CA. BookTech asked some publishers their opinion about a possible onslaught of e-book products. Even those who don't believe it will lead to a sudden death of the paper book want to know how the e-book will read, how it will feel when held, how, if at all, it will affect the book-publishing and book-selling businesses and, ultimately, consumers' perception of a book. Is a book a

Maragni's Top 10 Web Site
November 1, 1998

With two years of Web-creation experience under her belt, Kelly Maragni, director of marketing, has spent a great deal of time Web surfing for ideas, and notes that by now there are many impressive sites on the Internet related to book publishing. Here are a few of her favorites, which she offers to BookTech readers as sources for inspiration Newspapers/magazines, etc. 1. The New York Times "I like to scan the headlines daily and check bestseller listings for our books frequently!" http://www.nytimes.com 2. Granta magazine "I love the design and there's always something good to read" http://www.granta.nybooks.com 3. American Demographics "My favorite place for

Big Trends in Bookmaking
August 1, 1998

I apologize for admitting it, as you might prefer to believe that this magazine is edited by a brilliant, clairvoyant luminary, but deciding what to write about in this column was kind of a no-brainer. Let's see, what's really important in book publishing now? Well, DUH, it's the big focus on digital short-run printing. Several organizations are introducing new services and equipment to allow publishers to print from one to 1,000 or more books economically. Now publishers don't have to commit to a large print order to publish or reprint a title profitably. Oh, there's a lot to work out yet. First of all,

Managing a World of Content
August 1, 1998

Blast-Off by Rose Blessing Ever sit around brainstorming about a new product idea? Before World Book embarks on the creation of a new product launch, these are some of the questions that development teams typically consider, Ross explains. Concept and Content What kinds of content do you plan to use? Photos, illustrations, text, graphs, charts? How will you get it&emdash;assign it to on-staff writers or illustrators? Derive it from previous products? Gather from a third party? Should a new technology be incorporated, like a hot new kind of image or animation? How much value will it really add? What is the audience? Is it entertainment? How-to? Education? A blend? Is the concept

The Need For Speed
August 1, 1998

Publishers want faster turnaround--and printers know it. By Rose Blessing Today's book manufacturers are under the gun. Yes, publishers have always wanted faster turnaround for less money. What's new is that today's publishers not only want it; they demand it--and expect to get it. And printers feel they have to provide it. As Bertelsmann's Wayne Taylor, president and CEO of Berryville Graphics, phrased it, "We are not in the book manufacturing business. We are in the publishing business. We have to be a partner with our publishing clients and give them what they want when they want it -- even if it means working

The Many Dimensions of Metadata
December 31, 1969 at 7:00 pm

The understanding of metadata needs to be expanded. Perhaps your work brings you in contact with a part of the metadata chain, but the true value of metadata is better understood from a bird’s-eye view.

ONIX 3.0 Raises Standard for Ebook Metadata
December 31, 1969 at 7:00 pm

Dramatic changes in the publishing landscape mean that the most widely implemented version of ONIX, ONIX 2.0, is not well-fitted to today's global book business.

U.K. Indie Launches Hybrid App, Garners Industry Acclaim
December 31, 1969 at 7:00 pm

Originally a small crime and horror publisher out of Kent, England, Caffeine Nights Publishing has since evolved, developing a robust hybrid app and a dedicated reader base. Unlike most publisher-branded apps, though, the Caffeine Nights app allows users to make purchases of Caffeine Nights books as well as around 30,000 titles from other publishing houses.

Buyer's Guide: Ebook Conversion Strategies Buoyed by Vendor Partnerships
December 31, 1969 at 7:00 pm

In the early days of the digital revolution, vendors were often the only ones who knew how to do that work. As they struggled to make the transition from print to digital, publishers had to rely on that. It worked then and it still does. It's how the vast majority of digital publications are made.

Serial Fiction Startup JukePop Democratizes the Editorial Process
December 31, 1969 at 7:00 pm

Jerry Fan, founder and CEO of serial fiction publisher JukePop, believes he can find the next Great American Novel -- with the help of the internet. Like other publishing startups that use crowdsourcing, JukePop hopes to inject a measure of democracy into the editorial process.

Technology is...
December 31, 1969 at 7:00 pm

What makes the Book Business Buyer's Guide different from other buyer's guides out there is that it provides a great deal of editorial context for the technology listings. From "The Nut's & Bolts of Ebooks & Apps" to "The Ecommerce Imperative" we hope to provide perspective on how these technologies fit into the greater business strategy.

Buyer's Guide: The Nuts & Bolts of Apps & Ebooks
December 31, 1969 at 7:00 pm

Although digital tech has been transforming the book industry since the CD-ROM hit the scene, publishers have yet to master digital books the way they have printed pages. Because the digital book form continues to evolve, publishers are in a perpetual state of experimentation, testing out app products or introducing interactivity into their ebooks. The industry is still discovering which digital products resonate and how best to produce them.

What Can Publishers Learn from Digital Comic Books?
December 31, 1969 at 7:00 pm

As publishers continue to test the potential for interactive ebooks, investigating what other sects are doing may offer clues on how to thrive in the digital era. One underexplored publishing segment is comic books, graphic novels, and manga, or CGM for short.