Monthly Archives: November 2009

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Super Techie Coder Challenge – Wind-ups GP32

Congratulations! This submission has made it into the top 3. Screen name: Arturo Fernandez-Sanchez (karthur) Title/Functional role: I.T. Manager Project title: Wind-ups GP32 Time to complete : 4 years Project details: Four years ago, ebook reading devices like Kindle didn’t … Continue reading

Exploring interactive storytelling

[Guest post by game designer and author Emily Short: see bio] Authors and publishers alike are beginning to think more about the interactive possibilities of fiction. The good news is that it’s not necessary to invent interactive storytelling from scratch. … Continue reading

Updated list of DRM-free publishers

I’ve examined all the listings in the DRM-free publishers index and: Categorized the publishers, broadly, by genre Indicated whether their ebooks are available as ePub Both tasks were surprisingly hard: many of these publishers accept works from a variety of … Continue reading

What I’d change about ePub

Obviously I’m a fan of the ePub format. It’s flexible enough to support advanced publications, but a simple text ebook can be put together with minimal effort. But I don’t think it’s minimal enough. If I could go back in … Continue reading

Practical ePub metadata: Authorship

The ePub format allows for a fairly comprehensive set of book-friendly metadata, mostly drawn from the Dublin Core set of terms. Knowing what metadata to use and how it will appear in today’s and tomorrow’s readers is key; here are … Continue reading

“Pages” in ePub: Adobe’s page-map versus NCX pageList

The vast majority of ebooks today have print cousins, despite some recent digital-only publishing news. As a consequence, many people creating ePubs want to know how to tie references to the printed pages back into the ebook. My personal opinion … Continue reading

Threepress world tour ’09-10

Here’s a roundup of upcoming talks at various publishing conferences: Digital Book World January 27, 2010 When digital books account for 10% or more of revenue, indifferent third-party conversions aren’t enough. I’ll be presenting a plenary session on taking ebook … Continue reading

From the archives: The lazy, social, anti-DRM pattern for ebooks

This post from August 2008 contains some my thinking at the time about how to make ebook reading and shopping experiences more social. I’m surprised that none of it has happened yet; even the limited lending feature of the B&N … Continue reading

Super Techie Coder Challenge – IFrame Shim

Screen name: jking Title/Functional role: Programmer Project title: IFrame Shim Time to complete : Years to discover – a few hours to complete. Project details: This isn’t a submission about some huge unsung project, but rather a small technical contribution … Continue reading

Super Techie Coder Challenge – Sahi

Congratulations! This submission has made it into the top 3. Screen name: Narayan Title/Functional role: Developer Company name: Sahi Software Project title: Sahi Time to complete : 4 years Project details: Sahi is an automation tool to test web applications. … Continue reading

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