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									eBook publication: the technology, the contents, the how to do :
a challenge to competences share and team work
Ana Azevedo, Carlos Oliveira, Nuno Portela, Pedro Faria, Tiago Pereira
Agenda


What are eBooks ?
Current and future technology
eBook publishing at FEUP
Current production cycle
Motivation for change
New production cycle
Proposed tool
Future work
What are eBooks ?
eBooks are electronic books that offer the
convenience of size and portability and in most
cases, are cheaper than their 'hard copy'
counterparts.
eBooks provide features that give an enhanced
reading experience, like highlight, annotation,
zoom and embedded media.
eBooks have security settings which may
prevent or limit printing and copying.
In order to read an eBook, you will require a
small piece of free software known as an eBook
Reader.
eBooks come in different formats and each
format has it's own Reader software.
Current and future technology


Acrobat Reader
fac-simile presentation, reflow for accessibility
print (if not protected by DRM)
Multiplatform
Powerful multimedia embedding and scripting

Microsoft Reader
fixed size
automatic text reflow
no print
Windows only
Current and future technology

                                         E Ink (www.eink.com)

                                         Uses oil-filled capsules in
                                         which particles of  titanium
                                         dioxide are suspended. 
                                         A charge to selected
                                         particles (white or black)
                                         create the image.




             Photo courtesy of Philips
Current and future technology



E Ink recently announced an advanced
electronic paper color prototype
featuring 12-bit color in a 400X300
pixel format with a resolution of 83
pixels per inch.
It featured a high-brightness layout
(RGBW) that preserves the paper-like
whiteness of the backround page while
enabling deep blacks for text and a
range of colors and tones for images.




                                        Photo courtesy of E Ink Corp.
Current and future technology

Sony® Reader
Electronic paper technology provides clarity
and resolution that rival paper itself.
The screen is as easy to read in full daylight as
indoors, and can be viewed from nearly any
angle.
Its rechargeable battery powers through up to
7,500 page turns.




                                                    Photos courtesy of Sony
Current and future technology




  Photos courtesy of iRex Technologies and Tianjin Jinke Electronics
 Current and future technology

E Ink founders had a vision of a flexible
newspaper with the versatility of digital
control and wireless update to life.




                                            Photo courtesy of Plastic Logic
Current and future technology

Philips unveils world’s
first ‘Rollable Display’
pocket e-Reader
concept READIUS




                           Photos courtesy of Polymer Vision
eBook publishing at FEUP
“FEUP edições” is a publisher of learning books, exploring complementary media:
books, ebooks and elearning platforms.




       Construction safety eBook                       MatLab eBook
Production cycle


The eBook production goes
through an iterative cycle,
where content authors team up
with information architects,
media producers, designers
and programmers, under the
supervision of an editor.
Motivation for change

Problem:

The whole process, since the vision and draft versions until the final publication, is
usually very long and resource intensive
Most of the idle time is due to the slow information interchange between the actors
involved and the different information environments

A common information environment should ease the information interchange for the
most critical steps.

Goal:
Our goal is then to define and develop a tool that enables the automated information
interaction between the actors, under an web environment.
The new production cycle

Advantages:

1.Central information storage
and access point

2. Abstract (XML) representation
of the content

3. Flexible content organisation
output, depending on user
Proposed tool


Three layered architecture:

Client side
Presentation layer

Server side
Business logic layer
Data access layer

Platforms:
Rich client - Macromedia Flex
Server side - Flex + PHP
Proposed tool
Features:

1. Web based,
platform agnostic

2. Groupware tool

3. Author focus in
structure rather
than in style

4. Easy drag&drop
interface

5. Pedagogically
oriented eBook
design
Future work

Storage:

1. IMS Content Packaging standard for content structure

2. IMS Learning Resource Metadata standard for content description

3. Access and rights management using ExLibris Digitool
 Future work

CISCO Reusable Learning Objects methodology for pedagogic organization




An RLO is a combination of information objects built upon a single objective,
consisting of content items, practice items and assessment items, further classified
as a concept, a fact, a procedure, a process or a principle.
Future work

Output interfaces:

1. HTML based, for rapid prototyping

2. ADL SCORM, for use in elearning systems

3. PDF-X for integration with eBook production tools
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