Standards In Digital Publishing


Mobissue is a perfectly complete solution for converting, publishing and selling HTML5 digital page flipping publications on Android and IOS devices. The same technical possibilities in that domain have the potential to revolutionize such diverse areas as journal and magazine publications (including scholarly journal publishing), the archiving of Web content, and in-house publishing of documentations by large corporations.

I was and am in favor of bringing new voices to the table of publishing and I agree that the categories of books that you most favor were probably the most underrepresented several years ago: publishers made a mistake in not realizing how many readers were waiting for intriquing, complex and engaging titles in those categories.

The golden era of publishing, that is, of reading, contemplation and literary education, has somehow come to an end,” says Michael Krüger, the outgoing head of the Munich-based Hanser publishing house, who has the reputation of being one of Germany’s last great publishing figures.

Digital technology has ushered in a new era of portability and flexibility: whereas thousands of books would once take up rooms of space, millions of books can now be stored in digital cloud” libraries and readers can access them, anytime from anywhere, simply by tapping the screen of a pocket-sized device.

Amazon has flexed its muscles in such an aggressive way—through delaying shipping, pulling buy buttons, and throwing up other roadblocks on its site to buying Hachette titles—that roughly 1,000 authors signed two open letters since August protesting what they see as a threat to their livelihood.

I picked up an interesting comment today from an editor at Hachai Publishing: Hard copies remain necessary if books are to be read and enjoyed on Shabbat, during which we do not use computers, handhelds, Kindles, or any other electronic devices.” I understand that in some Jewish traditions, the ancient prohibition against kindling no pun intended a fire on the Sabbath is still applied to using anything that runs on electrical or ignition power.

There are many ways that digital publishing can expedite and facilitate properly critical editions, but because digital publishing facilitates collaborative work in ways that print forms rarely does and also increasingly facilities and legitimate open-access publication (for example by post-publication peer review/crowd-sourcing peer review), I would propose that such editions should be produced by collaboration and published as open-access shared intellectual property.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *