Just recently we mentioned the press release from the International Digital Publishing Forum in which they announce the new emerging standards for eBooks.
There’s a counter-perspective (of sorts) located here - ironically, it was penned by Jon Noring one of the contributors to the IDPF project itself. Noring calls the press "cotton-candy" as opposed to a genuine effort at standardization.
"Just as it has been the last few years, I don’t see IDPF truly interested in promoting a single, open, universal, consumer-level digital publication format standard, along with a single, industry-managed, consumer-friendly DRM standard. IDPF must believe by focusing on this “open” Container standard, which can contain a bunch of proprietary formats, and slip in OEBPS through the “back door,” that they can convince the world they are promoting a single universal open standard, but I simply see it as smoke and mirrors."
Read the entire piece here.
Posted by Laura Dawson, 3:43 am, Comments (0)
According to a recent article in Publishers Weekly, publishing company Springer has launched "its newest initiative to deliver its content electronically. The Springer eBook Collection debuted June 24 with more than 10,000 e-books…Springer is offering its e-books without any digital rights management software."
Find the complete article here.
You will also find an interesting online conversation among industry experts, execs, and the like entitled "Is It e-Book Time?" - read others’ comments, and post your own as Publishers Weekly asks the question: "Springer’s announcement about a new e-book product is just the latest example of renewed interest in the format among certain sectors of publishing. With that being the case, do you believe e-books will evolve into a viable segment of the industry?"
Posted by Laura Dawson, 6:09 am, Comments (0)
In an article from the Deutsche Welle News network details of a re-emergence of the long standing tensions between U.S. and British publishers are brought to light.
From the article:
"A long-standing trade battle over the right to sell English-language books in Europe has reignited between British and American publishers, with the UK feeling the threat of cheaper US editions at its front door."
Read the entire article here.
Posted by Laura Dawson, 12:21 pm, Comments (0)
According to a press release issued by Microsoft, the mega-company is teaming up with the non-profit Creative Commons to offer copyright licenses directly in the MS Office suite of products for application to Powerpoint, Word, and Excel projects.
From the article:
"The goal of Creative Commons is to provide authors and artists with simple tools to mark their creative work with the freedom they intend it to carry,” said Lawrence Lessig, professor of law at Stanford Law School and founder of Creative Commons. “We’re incredibly excited to work with Microsoft to make that ability easily available to the hundreds of millions of users of Microsoft Office.”
The Creative Commons copyright tool addition is already available for free download at the MS Office site, here.
Read the entire release here.
Posted by Laura Dawson, 7:16 am, Comments (0)
In a recent press release
from IDPF (International Digital Publishing Forum
) comes this news:
"Major software companies and device manufacturers have announced plans to support new electronic book standards developed within the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). The companies will support these standards in their next generation software and devices, alleviating many of the previous file interoperability and production issues affecting the eBook industry and its customers."
The IDPF, formerly the Open eBook Forum (OeBF), according to their website "is the trade and standards association for the digital publishing industry." The group welcomes membership from book, magazine, journal and newspaper publishers, booksellers, software developers, authors, and other groups interested in digital reading.
This news will most certainly impact the future of traditional publishing – which way the individual publishing houses will go with it remains to be seen.
Learn more about the proposed specifications for the standardization as well as those being set for the ‘containers’ (both abstract and physical) that will be used to store, access, and read eBooks in this PDF from the IDPF website.
Read the full press release here.
Posted by Laura Dawson, 1:24 pm, Comments (0)
There are two new websites to add to your favorites list – for both industry insiders as well as those who simply love books: Fiction News.com
and Nonfiction News.com
Both sites provide the latest news and information on new book releases, book reviews, short stories, author information, and of course, the current best-seller lists in each category.
Both sites are run by David White, who according to an article in Upstage Magazine, is both a lifelong reader and published writer. Criteria that ensure the sites are comprehensive and worth a look.
Posted by Laura Dawson, 7:19 am, Comments (0)
Amsterdam has been selected by UNESCO
(the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) as the World Book Capital of 2008.
From the UNESCO Media Services page
"Every year, UNESCO and the three major branches of the global book industry – the International Publishers Association (IPA), the International Booksellers Federation (IBF) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) – designate a city as World Book Capital for the 12 months between two celebrations of World Book and Copyright Day (23 April). This initiative, taken by UNESCO’s General Conference, is now an integral part of world-wide activities promoting books and reading."
Amsterdam is the eighth city to be designated World Book Capital, after Madrid (2001), Alexandria (2002), New Delhi (2003), Antwerp (2004), Montreal (2005), Turin (2006) and Bogotá (2007).
Posted by Laura Dawson, 8:53 am, Comments (0)
Google has just launched a new website, spun from the Google Book Search model, devoted solely to the writings of Shakespeare.
Now visitors can view the entire works of all the great bard’s famous titles including: "Love’s Labor Lost," "The Comedy of Errors," and "Hamlet."
"Users can even plug in words, such as "to be or not to be" from "Hamlet," and immediately be taken to that part of the play.
The site, which was introduced in conjunction with Google’s sponsorship of New York’s "Shakespeare in the Park," also provides links to related scholarly research, Internet groups, and even videos of theater performances of Shakespeare plays."
Read the entire article here, or visit Google’s new site here.
Posted by Laura Dawson, 8:35 am, Comments (0), permalink
While the very serious battles over copyright, fair use, and plagiarism rage on in all sectors of media and communications there is one dashing superhero, Captain Copyright, making his way through Canadian public and private gradeschools, extolling the "A, B, C’s of Copyright" and so on.
It’s really not a bad idea – getting them younger and educating them on the issue, before they get it into their heads to illegally download that book or music track in the first place.
The website also has a section that Canadian teachers of grades 1-8 can access for classroom tools toward teaching the basics of copyright law to their young students.
This link was sent to us by a visitor who noticed our growing collection of copyright-related oddities and such.
If you find a link to something regarding copyright law, and it’s a bit off-the-wall, please feel free to email us .
Posted by Laura Dawson, 4:35 am, Comments (0), permalink