What is metadata? When do you need to archive digital content? How does electronic publication affect copyrights? How can XML and PDF improve your workflow and your publications? There is a digital dimension to virtually all publishing today. Beyond the obvious electronic mediaߜthe music and movies we take for granted, the increasingly indispensable Web, the eBooks that most of us will take for granted in a few yearsߜalmost everything we read, even on paper, was produced digitally. This new digital world offers a steadily increasing number of choices. It is this rich and rapidly changing publishing environment for which The Columbia Guide to Digital Publishing was created. Although there is a vast amount of information on a host of topics relevant to digital production and publishing availableߜsome in print, more on the Webߜthere has been, until now, no single resource to which those involved in any dimension of publishing could turn for guidance. The Columbia Guide to Digital Publishing fills that need.
The Guide is definitive: written by experts in the broad array of subjects it covers, it provides reliable, authoritative, user-friendly information about a vast number of topics. Designed to be the first place to go to learn about any of the numerous interrelated issues that define the digital publishing landscape, it offers readers a multilevel approach, from a brief glossary definition of a technical term or acronym (sometimes all a user needs), to a concise discussion of a topic (comprehensible to the lay person, yet useful for the technical expert). It puts a subject in the context of other topics and broader issues, with real-world examples, liberal cross-references, and pointers to sources of further information in print or electronic form.
A truly interactive resource.... The guide targets professionals and nonprofessionals, and the result is both thorough and readable.... Recommended especially for public and academic libraries.
The editor and contributors, who have distinguished careers in digital publishing, have exerted great effort to include all relevant information for beginners, yet they offer enough detail to capture the attention advanced users without expanding to a multivolume work or becoming too long... A superb opening gesture for creating a dialog on the scholarly communication process.
In a world where all things electronic have become dominant, this remarkable volume serves as a comprehensive handbook to every conceivable aspect of digital publishing.... This valuable compendium is most highly recommended for all collections.
Columbia's guide was created and edited in a text-encoded electronic format that has been used to derive both the print and Web versions.... A solid electronic resource with good content.... Recommended.
An excellent technical overview of the constantly evolving world of electronic publishing. Updates and hyperlinks add value to the online version, which is well organized and easy-to-use.
Much is neatly packed into this encyclopedia of information on everything ranging from digital-rights management to digital legal issues.
This book will be a very welcome addition to the bookshelf of anyone working with any form of digital publishing. It is by far the most thorough, authoritative digital publishing reference source available. Editor William Kasdorf, Past President of the Society for Scholarly Publishing, has pulled together an impressive array of experts to produce this definitive guide.
The Guide is remarkably successful in fulfilling its intentions... It was a pleasant surprise to discover that although the book does contain many references to specific hardware devices and software programs, it contextualizes these references in discussions that will remain relevant for years to come.
Maria S. Bonn
[C]lear out a prominent space on your bookshelf for The Columbia Guide to Digital Publishing... [T]his guide is a compendium of in-depth articles on all these aspects of digital publishing and more, each written by an expert in the field.... Destined to become a classic, The Columbia Guide to Digital Publishing will be the Bible you turn to again and again, whether you need to make publishing decisions large and small, or share a teaching resource with a manager or staff member.
The Columbia Guide to Digital Publishing is the War and Peace of digital communication resources. It is epic in scope and exhaustive in detail, historic, and prophetic. An original. A universe. It's long but it's all substance... The Columbia Guide may be new and it may be the first of its kind, but it has the makings of a classic.
1.Introduction: Publishing in Today 's Digital Era, by William E.Kasdorf, President, Impressions Book and Journal Services, Inc.1.01 Digital publishing is both a given and a goal1.02 Various publishers, various solutions1.03 What next?2.The Technical Infrastructure, by Chris Biemesderfer, Seagoat Consulting2.01 Overview2.02 The basics of computer architecture2.03 The processing environment2.04 Display2.05 Data storage2.06 Data communications2.07 Additional interesting resources3.Markup: XML and Related Technologies, by William E.Kasdorf3.01 Overview3.02 HTML: HyperText Markup Language3.03 XML: the Extensible Markup Language3.04 Communication, cooperation, collaboration4. Organizing, Editing, and Linking Content, by John Strange, Group Production Director, Blackwell Publishing4.01 Overview: the transition from traditional to digital publishing4.02 Structuring content4.03 The impact of digital publishing on traditional publishing models4.04 Information about content: metadata4.05 Linking4.06 Conclusion5.Data Capture and Conversion, by Mark Gross, President, Data Conversion Laboratory5.01 Overview: Entering a world of structure5.02 Untangling content from structure5.04 The conversion process5.05 Analysis issues6.Composition, Design, and Graphics, by Thad McIlroy, President, Arcadia House6.01 Overview6.02 Text, graphics, and page layout: The three elements of a page6.03 Design vs. production6.04 Three key technologies6.05 PostScript: the language of print publishing6.06 PDF -Adobe 's Portable Document Format6.07 Typography6.08 Graphic types and file formats6.09 Color6.10 Page production6.11 Image capture and image processing6.12 Work flow6.13 Printing processes6.14 Working with printers6.15 Resources7. Accessibility, by Frederick Bowes,III, Electronic Publishing Associates7.01 Overview7.02 A closer look7.03 Closing summary7.04 Resources and documents8. Digital Printing, by George Alexander, Executive Editor, the Seybold Report8.01 Overview8.02 Digital printing technologies8.03 Uses of digital printing8.04 Available printing systems8.05 Sales channels for digital book printing9. Multimedia Publishing, by Florian Brody, President and CEO, Brody Inc.9.01 Overview9.02 What is multimedia?9.03 Deciding on multimedia9.04 Multimedia experience9.05 The business of multimedia9.06 Multimedia technology9.07 Rights issues9.08 Conclusion10. Content Management and Web Publishing, by Bill Trippe, President, New Millennium Publishing and Mark Walter, Consultant10.01 Introduction to content management10.02 Types of Content Management Systems10.03 Benefits of content management systems10.04 Issues to consider in content management10.05 Evaluating a content management system10.06 Post-implementation issues 45411.Electronic Books and the Open eBook Publication Structure, by Allen Renear, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Dorothea Salo11.01 Introduction11.02 OEBPS in a nutshell11.03 Electronic books in general11.04 Thinking clearly about e-books11.05 The format problem11.06 The OeBF Open eBook Publication Structure11.07 In conclusion11.08 Some advice for e-book publishers11.09 For more information12.Archiving, by Heather Malloy, Digital Archive Manager, John Wiley &Sons12.01 The importance of archiving12.02 Other concerns for archiving12.03 Where to implement the archive12.04 Technology issues12.05 Issues in development and implementation12.06 Conclusion12.07 Resources13.The Legal Framework: Copyright and Trademark, by William S.Strong, Partner, Kotin, Crabtree and Strong, LLP13.01 Copyright13.02 Trademark law13.03 Other laws13.04 Lawsuits: Is there nationwide jurisdiction?13.05 Contracting with customers13.06 Conclusion14.International Issues, by Robert E.Baensch, Director, Center for Publishing, New York University14.01 Overview14.02 Internet users worldwide14.03 The STM industry leaders14.04 Establishing the Web Site14.05 Understanding the global environment14.06 Geographic and country priorities14.07 English and other languages14.08 New economics of information services14.09 Worldwide on-line advertising14.10 Marketing on the Internet14.11 International information sources14.12 Internet publishing law14.13 Conclusion15. Digital Rights Management, by Paul Hilts, Former Technology Editor, Publisher's Weekly15.01 Overview: What is DRM?15.02 Rights-based business models15.03 DRM technology15.04 DRM standards15.05 Legal developments: important legislation15.07 The state of the market15.08 DRM Implementation Issues