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Overview of the workshop:

[60] Overview: ebooks,
. Demistifying the ebook - what is an ebook and how can I read one?
. What is a "book", anyways? How ebooks mirror or extend physical books.
. Devices - what's the difference between an ereader and a media tablet?
. How can I find ebooks?
. What's the similarity between ebooks and web sites?
. How can I make ebooks? Popular tools.

[50] HTML: the glue that holds ebooks together
. A practical session where delegates are explained the basics of HTML.
. Depending in circumstances, delegates will follow a demonstration or complete a small exercise.

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    Mastering the ebook revolution Mastering the ebook revolution Presentation Transcript

    • Mastering the ebook revolution Kosie Eloff Department of Information Science University of Pretoria
    • Who am I?
    • Why am I here?
    • Also…
    • Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy“A small, thin, flexible lap computerencased in a sturdy plastic cover with thewords Dont Panic inscribed on it in large,friendly letters.”(1979)
    • Part 1 Overview: ebooks Part 2HTML: the glue that holds ebooks together
    • Definitions, devices, formatsPART 1: EBOOKS
    • 1. Demystifying the ebook2. What is a "book", anyways?3. Ereaders / media tablets4. How to find / read ebooks5. Ebooks / web sites?6. How can I make ebooks?
    • We’re all becoming digital readersHANDS UP IF YOU READ EBOOKS
    • These kids do
    • 1. What is an ebook?
    • Ebook files
    • Ebook readers
    • Ebook: what’s in a name?Easy answer: simply an electronic file. Read onany device.Long answer: books are complicated, even whendigital.Some formats suited for production, some forconsumption, some for both (e.g. Word).
    • THE TIME FOR EBOOKS IS NOW
    • US wholesale ebook sales, 2002-2010
    • US wholesale ebook sales, 2002-2010 Amazon
    • US wholesale ebook sales, 2002-2010
    • We’ve come a long way…
    • Advantages1. Reading experience improved*2. Less expensive (overall...)3. Environmentally friendly (except...)4. Space savings*5. Portability6. Reading aids (e.g. bookmarking, sharing...) *7. Searchability8. Navigation (referencing, hyperlinking)
    • Advantages9. You can write in ebooks10. People with disabilities11. Always accessible12. “Instant” delivery*13. No shipping charges (except...)14. Enhancement opportunities *
    • Reading awards & tracking
    • Kobo Reading Life
    • Kobo Reading Life
    • Kobo Reading Life
    • Kobo Reading Life
    • Multimedia enhancement
    • Disadvantages ?
    • Tower of ebabel
    • 2. Ebooks vs. pbooks?
    • Cambridge DictionaryAn electronic book which can be readon a small personal computer.
    • Oxford DictionaryAn electronic version of a printedbook which can be read on acomputer or a specifically designedhandheld device.
    • Merriam-WebsterA book composed in or converted todigital format for display on acomputer screen or handheld device.
    • “Books are the carriers of civilization. Withoutbooks, history is silent, literature dumb, sciencecrippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.They are engines of change, windows on theworld, lighthouses erected in the sea of time.”- (Tuchman, 1980)
    • 3. Ereaders vs. tablets?
    • Ereaders• Kindle (65% market share in US, 2011*)• Nook• Sony Reader• KoboIn SA, you’re most likely to (import) a Kindle, and to buy a Kobo, Gobii, or a Sony.
    • E-ink displays “A sheet of paper that can be electronically reconfiguredinstantaneously to display any page from any book, article or document”
    • Prices dropping
    • Media tabletsiPad (Apple), Playbook (Blackberry),Android devices, Kindle Fire1) Operate with touch2) Aren’t supposed to store all your media
    • LCD displays
    • eReader or media tablet?eReaders Media tablets• Long battery life • Limited battery life• Low cost • Expensive (R900-R2,000 + S&I) (R3,000-R10,000 + S&I)• E-ink display • LCD display (typically) (typically)• Low functionality • High functionality
    • 4. How do I actually read ebooks?
    • It’s sometimes more accurate tosay people buy into a platform, not a specific piece of hardware or software.
    • The following images show how Ifind an ebook on a popular (free)site, then download and transfer the ebook to my ereader.
    • Attaching eReader via USB cable
    • Directory with ereader’s books
    • Kindle for PC
    • Kindle for iPad
    • Select device (up to six / account) to send to
    • PRINCIPAL FORMATS: PDF, KINDLE,EPUB
    • Ebook formats
    • For instance, Aldiko on your Android smartphoneEPUB-COMPLIANT READERS
    • Epub-compliant readers• Adobe Digital Editions (Windows, Mac)• Aldiko (Android)• Calibre (Windows, Mac, GNU/Linux)• Google Books (Web app, Android, iOS)• iBooks (iOS)• Readium (Chrome)
    • For instance, InDesign supports EPUB exportEPUB-COMPLIANT AUTHORINGTOOLS
    • Epub-compliant authoring tools• Adobe InDesign• Calibre• iBooks Author• oXygen XML Editor• Pages• Sigil• Word (manual labour required…)
    • Digital rights management• Three major eBook DRM schemes: – Amazon DRM (.mobi) – Adobe DRM (.epub, .pdf) – Apple FairPlay DRM (.epub, .pdf)
    • Ebook stores• Amazon• Barnes & Noble• Apple (requires ISBN)• Sony (requires ISBN)• Kobo• Google (only US)
    • Ebook stores• Independent – BooksOnBoard – Smashwords• Local – Kalahari – Exclusive Books – Kindlebooks.co.za – Littlewhitebakkie.co.za
    • Many more
    • 5. How are ebooks like web sites?
    • EPUB - definition• Distribution and interchange format standard for digital publications and documents based on XML and web standards• Managed by the International Digital Publishing Forum
    • So, since ebooks are like web sites – and increasingly being created and published web-first…
    • Every information professionalshould understand HTMLPART 2: HTML
    • If you’re online, please visit: http://bit.ly/elibraryhtml
    • If you’re offline, please see yourhand-outs and follow along with the presentation.
    • Hand-outs for practical session start here
    • Exercise 1Mark up the content of the paper with thefollowing tags. It is up to you to decide whichtags are relevant: <h1> <p> <strong> <em>
    • Exercise 1: TextMark up the content of the following slide withthe following tags. It is up to you to decidewhich tags are relevant: <h1> <p> <strong> <em>
    • Exercise 1: MemorandumSouth Africa to assist NASA Mars missionThe South African Space Agencys (Sansas) Space Operationsdirectorate has been selected by the United States NationalAeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) to providetracking services for the launch of its latest Mars mission.This is an amazing piece of news!The Mars Science Laboratory is a Nasa mission that aims toland and operate a rover, named Curiosity, on the surface ofMars. The US$2.3-billion mission is part of Nasas long-termprogramme to explore Mars via robotic devices.
    • Exercise 1: Memorandum<h1>South Africa to assist NASA Mars mission</h1><p>The South African Space Agencys (Sansas) SpaceOperations directorate has been selected by the UnitedStates National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa)to provide tracking services for the launch of its latest Marsmission. This is an <em>amazing</em> piece of news!</p><p>The Mars Science Laboratory is a Nasa mission that aimsto land and operate a rover, named<strong>Curiosity</strong>, on the surface of Mars. TheUS$2.3-billion mission is part of Nasas long-term programmeto explore Mars via robotic devices.</p>
    • Exercise 1: Memorandum<h1>South Africa to assist NASA Mars mission</h1><p>The South African Space Agencys (Sansas) SpaceOperations directorate has been selected by the UnitedStates National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa)to provide tracking services for the launch of its latest Marsmission. This is an <em>amazing</em> piece of news!</p><p>The Mars Science Laboratory is a Nasa mission that aimsto land and operate a rover, named<strong>Curiosity</strong>, on the surface of Mars. TheUS$2.3-billion mission is part of Nasas long-term programmeto explore Mars via robotic devices.</p>
    • Hand-outs for practical session end here
    • Thank you!
    • Me, online http://bit.ly/keloffTwitter: https://twitter.com/#!/kosieeloffEspecially for publishers & librariansGoogle+: https://plus.google.com/101094585504476928154Especially for multimedia professionals
    • HTML, CSS and the EPUB standard• eBound. 2011. ‘An introduction to HTML and CSS for EPUB’. Posted 10 June. This tutorial is based on EPUB2, not 3; nonetheless, it covers the basics needed.• Kolwalczyk, P. 2011. ‘Creating Epub ebooks with Sigil: #1- getting started’. Teleread. Posted 7 October.
    • HTML, CSS and the EPUB standard• O’Reilly. 2012. ‘What is EPUB 3? An introduction to the EPUB specification for multimedia publishing’.You can preview it online, but you must create an account on O’Reilly to download the free ebook version.• Tallent, J. 2009. ‘Kindle formatting: The complete guide’. Kindle Formatting.
    • General resources and articles• eBook architects: http://ebookarchitects.com/• EPUBsecrets: http://epubsecrets.com/• Electric Book Works’ Knowledge Base (local!) http://ebw.co/kbase/
    • EPUB3-specific• McCoy, B. 2011. ’9 Things you need to know about ePub3′. Book Business. Posted November.