eBook publication: the technology, the contents, the how to do :
a challenge to competences share and team work
Ana Azeved...
Agenda


What are eBooks ?
Current and future technology
eBook publishing at FEUP
Current production cycle
Motivation for ...
What are eBooks ?
eBooks are electronic books that offer the
convenience of size and portability and in most
cases, are ch...
Current and future technology


Acrobat Reader
fac-simile presentation, reflow for accessibility
print (if not protected b...
Current and future technology

                                         E Ink (www.eink.com)

                            ...
Current and future technology



E Ink recently announced an advanced
electronic paper color prototype
featuring 12-bit co...
Current and future technology

Sony® Reader
Electronic paper technology provides clarity
and resolution that rival paper i...
Current and future technology




  Photos courtesy of iRex Technologies and Tianjin Jinke Electronics
Current and future technology

E Ink founders had a vision of a flexible
newspaper with the versatility of digital
control...
Current and future technology

Philips unveils world’s
first ‘Rollable Display’
pocket e-Reader
concept READIUS




      ...
eBook publishing at FEUP
“FEUP edições” is a publisher of learning books, exploring complementary media:
books, ebooks and...
Production cycle


The eBook production goes
through an iterative cycle,
where content authors team up
with information ar...
Motivation for change

Problem:

The whole process, since the vision and draft versions until the final publication, is
us...
The new production cycle

Advantages:

1.Central information storage
and access point

2. Abstract (XML) representation
of...
Proposed tool


Three layered architecture:

Client side
Presentation layer

Server side
Business logic layer
Data access ...
Proposed tool
Features:

1. Web based,
platform agnostic

2. Groupware tool

3. Author focus in
structure rather
than in s...
Future work

Storage:

1. IMS Content Packaging standard for content structure

2. IMS Learning Resource Metadata standard...
Future work

CISCO Reusable Learning Objects methodology for pedagogic organization




An RLO is a combination of informa...
Future work

Output interfaces:

1. HTML based, for rapid prototyping

2. ADL SCORM, for use in elearning systems

3. PDF-...
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  1. 1. eBook publication: the technology, the contents, the how to do : a challenge to competences share and team work Ana Azevedo, Carlos Oliveira, Nuno Portela, Pedro Faria, Tiago Pereira
  2. 2. Agenda What are eBooks ? Current and future technology eBook publishing at FEUP Current production cycle Motivation for change New production cycle Proposed tool Future work
  3. 3. What are eBooks ? eBooks are electronic books that offer the convenience of size and portability and in most cases, are cheaper than their 'hard copy' counterparts. eBooks provide features that give an enhanced reading experience, like highlight, annotation, zoom and embedded media. eBooks have security settings which may prevent or limit printing and copying. In order to read an eBook, you will require a small piece of free software known as an eBook Reader. eBooks come in different formats and each format has it's own Reader software.
  4. 4. Current and future technology Acrobat Reader fac-simile presentation, reflow for accessibility print (if not protected by DRM) Multiplatform Powerful multimedia embedding and scripting Microsoft Reader fixed size automatic text reflow no print Windows only
  5. 5. Current and future technology E Ink (www.eink.com) Uses oil-filled capsules in which particles of  titanium dioxide are suspended.  A charge to selected particles (white or black) create the image. Photo courtesy of Philips
  6. 6. Current and future technology E Ink recently announced an advanced electronic paper color prototype featuring 12-bit color in a 400X300 pixel format with a resolution of 83 pixels per inch. It featured a high-brightness layout (RGBW) that preserves the paper-like whiteness of the backround page while enabling deep blacks for text and a range of colors and tones for images. Photo courtesy of E Ink Corp.
  7. 7. Current and future technology Sony® Reader Electronic paper technology provides clarity and resolution that rival paper itself. The screen is as easy to read in full daylight as indoors, and can be viewed from nearly any angle. Its rechargeable battery powers through up to 7,500 page turns. Photos courtesy of Sony
  8. 8. Current and future technology Photos courtesy of iRex Technologies and Tianjin Jinke Electronics
  9. 9. Current and future technology E Ink founders had a vision of a flexible newspaper with the versatility of digital control and wireless update to life. Photo courtesy of Plastic Logic
  10. 10. Current and future technology Philips unveils world’s first ‘Rollable Display’ pocket e-Reader concept READIUS Photos courtesy of Polymer Vision
  11. 11. eBook publishing at FEUP “FEUP edições” is a publisher of learning books, exploring complementary media: books, ebooks and elearning platforms. Construction safety eBook MatLab eBook
  12. 12. Production cycle The eBook production goes through an iterative cycle, where content authors team up with information architects, media producers, designers and programmers, under the supervision of an editor.
  13. 13. Motivation for change Problem: The whole process, since the vision and draft versions until the final publication, is usually very long and resource intensive Most of the idle time is due to the slow information interchange between the actors involved and the different information environments A common information environment should ease the information interchange for the most critical steps. Goal: Our goal is then to define and develop a tool that enables the automated information interaction between the actors, under an web environment.
  14. 14. The new production cycle Advantages: 1.Central information storage and access point 2. Abstract (XML) representation of the content 3. Flexible content organisation output, depending on user
  15. 15. Proposed tool Three layered architecture: Client side Presentation layer Server side Business logic layer Data access layer Platforms: Rich client - Macromedia Flex Server side - Flex + PHP
  16. 16. Proposed tool Features: 1. Web based, platform agnostic 2. Groupware tool 3. Author focus in structure rather than in style 4. Easy drag&drop interface 5. Pedagogically oriented eBook design
  17. 17. Future work Storage: 1. IMS Content Packaging standard for content structure 2. IMS Learning Resource Metadata standard for content description 3. Access and rights management using ExLibris Digitool
  18. 18. Future work CISCO Reusable Learning Objects methodology for pedagogic organization An RLO is a combination of information objects built upon a single objective, consisting of content items, practice items and assessment items, further classified as a concept, a fact, a procedure, a process or a principle.
  19. 19. Future work Output interfaces: 1. HTML based, for rapid prototyping 2. ADL SCORM, for use in elearning systems 3. PDF-X for integration with eBook production tools
  20. 20. FEUP – RUA DR.ROBERTO FRIAS 4200-465 PORTO – PORTUGAL TEL: +351 22 5081400 FAX: +351 22 5081440 URL: http://www.fe.up.pt E-mail: feup@fe.up.pt PORTO World Heritage
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