Lab News

After my presentation on "Creating a Successful eBook" at PePcon, I got lots of requests for the GREP expressions that I used to clean up my ePub files, so here they are
Have you ever wanted to include "Real" index headers for your index file? Only to find that if anything changes or the index re-flows, you need to update them all manually? Now this can be set up to happen "on-the-fly" by simply using Text Variables and invisible Nested Styles.
While there's been continued strong interest in our ebook iPhone apps (especially outside the US), taking a book and packaging it up as an app doesn't take advantage of many of the capabilities a device like the iPhone (or Android...
I have been wanting to do this for a while and now have the motivation to begin. This past fall, I gave a presentation on how to set up your files (using InDesign) in order to achieve a usable ePub...
**Update (May 2011)** Now that InDesign CS5.5 has officially been released, I can finally share some of the new and exciting features that have been added to improve ePub export. Click here to download my updated presentation on how to...
Rails in a Nutshell Manuscript Open For Collaboration
Following hot on the launch of the Building iPhone Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript manuscript three weeks ago, I'm pleased that Rails in a Nutshell, from Cody Fauser, James MacAulay, Edward Ocampo-Gooding and John Guenin is now live and ready for your comments. Any book that starts with a section in the preface called "What makes you happy?" is worth your attention.
Another site focused on collaborative publishing, Building iPhone Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, launches while we look back on the first attempt to improve manuscripts by engaging the community in an open and collaborative dialog with the authors, Programming Scala.
Feedbooks integration and one-click additions to your Bookworm library are now available, along with some bug fixes.
Adobe has made extensive contributions to the world of EPUB software, but needs to go a few steps further with their Digital Editions product.
Collaborative Publishing Based on Community Feedback
Over the last few years, traditional publishing has been moving closer to the web and learning a lot of lessons from blogs and wikis, in particular. Today we're happy to announce another small step in that direction: our first manuscript (Programming Scala) is now available for public reading and feedback as part of our Open Feedback Publishing System. The idea is simple: improve in-progress books by engaging the community in a collaborative dialog with the authors out in the open.

Projects

Bookworm

The free platform for reading EPUB books online from any device.

Integrated with O'Reilly Labs 02/09/09.

First translations added 03/11/09.

Feedbooks integration & one-click addition added 07/29/09.

Beta Projects

Open Feedback Publishing System (OFPS)

Participate in collaborative community feedback to help refine in-progress, open manuscripts like Building iPhone Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript or the published Programming Scala.

Released 05/20/09.

O'Reilly Product Metadata Interface (OPMI)

Want to know all we know about an  O'Reilly book? Give us an ISBN and we'll let you in on our (RDF) secrets!

Released 02/09/09.

Open Source

DocBook-XSL 1.74.3 with Improved ePub Output

Keith Fahlgren (O'Reilly Media) helped release the stable 1.74.3 release of the open source DocBook-XSL project and improved the EPUB generation stylesheets. Paul Norton (Adobe) and Liza Daly (Threepress) provided very helpful patches.

Released 02/17/09.

DocBook-XSL 1.74.0 EPUB Output

Paul Norton (Adobe) and Keith Fahlgren (O'Reilly Media) have contributed code to the 1.74.0 release of the open source DocBook-XSL project that generates EPUB documents from DocBook. An alpha-quality reference implementation in Ruby was also been provided.

EPUB is an open standard of  the The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) and something O'Reilly is trying  to help gain wider adoption.

Released 06/02/08.