Book Business Extra Q&A—Nick Bogaty, executive director of the International Digital Publishing Forum
We also showed at the AAP how to simply create an OCF file in WINZIP. Very simple and very effective.
Why do you think consumers are more likely to be receptive to e-books now than they were when the technology was first introduced?
Bogaty: Increased selection because it is easier and less expensive for publishers to convert their catalogs to digital form because of our specs. Increased interoperability because of standards efforts. Better devices and screen technology. Better software. To name a couple of reasons.
What further work does the IDPF have to do to spread the technical standards throughout the book publishing industry? What concerns are opponents to the standardization bringing forward?
Bogaty: We need to continue to produce standards that are both good for publishers and technology companies to continue to lower costs of production for publishers, and increase flexibility and good user experiences for consumers.
Both OCF and OPS will do this. A specific task is for the IDPF to show textbook publishers and other digital text publishers (newspapers for example) that OPS can be used to mark up complex publications. OPS is also National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) compliant, so this will give an extra boost to K-12 publishers to seriously look at these standards. We also need to address metadata issues and digital rights management interoperability.
When will we see the OCF standard incorporated into the workflow of the participating publishers?
Bogaty: It is already. OCF files can be recognized by the .epub format. Many conversion houses and publishing companies are already delivering .epub files through distribution.