Helicon Books has recently announced two new products: Social DRM for EPUB digital books and a new EPUB3 reader for Android. Helicon Books will present these new products at the Frankfurt Book Fair this week.
EPUB3 enables interactive features and support videos, interactive images, and the option of Media Overlay – a combination of sentence marking and audio that can read the text aloud. The major advantage is that there is no need for Internet.
Children’s education books can present interactive simulations, videos, and use Media Overlay for pupils who have reading disabilities.
Touristic eBooks in EPUB3 can present a traveler with a quest in real time and show them interactive images of places to visit, including videos.
Tablo.io is a startup aimed at epub creation. There are two publishing methods: you can cut and paste your chapters one at a time into the WYSIWYG interface or simply upload iBooks-compatible epub files. The system then makes them available in your web browser or, for an extra fee, in the Amazon and iBooks bookstores. It’s similar to sites like pressbooks.com and Blurb, which enable bloggers to build books easily.
Blurb’s book-making tools include BookSmart (a downloadable tool), Bookify (an online tool), and Blurb’s plug-in for Adobe InDesign. Blurb ebooks are fixed format, enabling them to retain the same image and text placement when viewed on the Apple iPad® as in the printed book version.
“As the marketplace shifts, margins are squeezed on print, and industry reports showing e-book prices for bestsellers continue to average between $2.99 and $7.99, publishers are cautious about entering the e-book market”, says CEO Gareth Cuddy of ePubDirect. But Distribution services such as ePubDirect not only share the digital publishing expertise but also allow publishers to access new markets, grow sales internationally and ultimately sell more books.”
There are 2 primary file types for an eBook. An ePub file which can be read on the majority of reading devices, and a .mobi file which can be read on a Kindle. Any print book can be converted to an eBook from an electronic file.
An ebook is basically one large HTML page with a table of contents. It can now incorporate most of the elements of HTML-5 and CSS. The compressed file downloads to the reader so an internet connection is not necessary once its downloaded.
But magazine app success stories are hard to find, says Jon Lund in GigaOm. Recent statistics from the Alliance for Audited Media show, on average, the 25 bestselling digital editions of magazines account for 12 percent of total subscriptions.