InDesign CS6 Overhauls Digital Publishing Workflow To Offer Versatile New Options And Format Capabilities
As a digital magazine publisher, one of the first decisions you’ll have to make when going digital is which publishing software to choose. Also, with no historic trending to calculate against on the print side, and with the way Amazon will do advance orders for POD books and pay up front for copies printed and warehoused and not yet sold, and because I don’t know how rank is affected by all that, I’m not as confident on how the print side money is derived.
Not long ago, digital publishing meant little more than typesetting books or other documents using Quark, PageMaker or some other software program, then converting those documents to a portable document format file to be sent to an offset printer, stored on a disk, or posted to a company website.
In this paper, I’ll use the term appliances for specialized hardware devices, software book readers for products that run on general purpose computers or general purpose PDAs, and the more generic e-book reader to cover both, but not general purpose software like a Web browser that can also be used to view some types of digital books.
I’d also like to suggest that some of the infrastructural work of publishing can be viewed as either theoretical infrastructure (the values and ideologies that support new forms of publication) or practical infrastructure (new tools and platforms, technical decisions, and the actual editing process, which is in turn founded upon the theoretical infrastructure).
Content is the glue that can bind consumers to publishers and advertisers alike and, with the advent of mobile, app based content tools such as Adobe Digital Publishing Solution (DPS), it is now possible to create the kind of platforms that enable them to interact in richer ways with each other.
Not working with a standard has some advantages, notably that each publishing application can be more rapidly developed, inventing new format features as they are needed and implemented and not having to worry about implementing features few users will use only to comply with the standard.
Beginning as static advertisements akin to their print counterparts, digital media has become interactive, adaptable, consumer-centric advertising that meets consumers across touch points and caters to in-the-moment needs and desires Google refers to this as micro-moments and has based many recent improvements to the AdWords platform on enabling advertisers to meet consumers in these micro-moments.
In this evolution, the publishing industry is facing challenges in five key areas: the creation of new products; the growing independence of authors; assessment of metadata for discoverability; building innovative retail business models; and use of business intelligence.
One of the largest, and certainly not the last, big statements that Jobs made about e-books will be said for him by Isaacson and Simon & Schuster: book sellers are already predicting that Steve Jobs” will be the biggest non-fiction title of the year and the book quickly shot up to No. 1 on the best-seller list last week.