HOW I BUILT AN AUTOMATED EBOOK PRODUCTION PLATFORM—AND YOU CAN, TOO!
AUDITORIUM MARCH 23, 2017, 2:40 PM-3:25 PM
Senior Manager, Content Workflows, Macmillan
Automating ebook production can seem daunting, but there are a lot of tools already out there that can help you along. If you don’t try to build a rigid, everlasting, and unbreakable automated toolchain, but instead think about the points of change and build around them, then the task of automating becomes much less scary. Get a first-hand look at a successful case study and get some practical guidance for building functions that work smoothly and meet user needs.
What's the larger goal?
What are the initial requirements?
What things might change?
What things will always be the same?
Is there anything already built that I
Who is going to be running the tool?
<title>ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
<chapter-title>CHAPTER 1. Down the Rabbit-Hole
<text-standard>Alice was beginning to get very
tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of
having nothing to do: once or twice she had
peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it
had no pictures or conversations in it, ‘and what is
the use of a book,’ thought Alice ‘without pictures
Tagging, the Old Way
Initial Scope Limitations
✅ New imprint
✅ E-only books
⛔ Traditional print books
You don’t always need to automate everything:
sometimes workﬂow is the solution
You don't need to build everything from scratch
Build a system of interconnecting tools
Solve small problems, one at a time
Design for change