The Columbia Guide to Digital Publishing

Edited by William E. Kasdorf

Columbia University Press

The Columbia Guide to Digital Publishing

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Pub Date: February 2003

ISBN: 9780231124997

816 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $40.00£34.00

Pub Date: February 2003

ISBN: 9780231124980

816 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $120.00£100.00

The Columbia Guide to Digital Publishing

Edited by William E. Kasdorf

Columbia University Press

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 media—the music and movies we take for granted, the increasingly indispensable Web, the eBooks that most of us will take for granted in a few years—almost 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 available—some in print, more on the Web—there 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.

Library Journal

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.

John Maxymuk, American Reference Books Annual

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.

Columbus Dispatch

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 Indexer

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, Portal: Reviews

[C]lear out a prominent space on your bookshelf forThe 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.

Darrill Anderson, Technical Communication

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.

Linda Hengstler, Science Editor

I like the project and the best compliment I can give is, 'where can I buy one?'

Troy Linker, Director of Publishing Technology, American Library Association

The Columbia Guide to Digital Publishing is just in time. It tackles the tough question of how to become a digital publisher in a market that has become increasingly dependent on digital workflows.

Amanda Kimmel, Director of Electronic Publishing, Random House

Just the reference the publishing and printing industries have been waiting for.

Craig Van Dyck, Vice President, Production and Manufacturing, John Wiley & Sons

A comprehensive, clear, must-have reference for all those directly and indirectly involved in digital publishing.

Martin Brooks, President, New York Intermedia Authority

Martin Brooks, Director, Front-End Development & Operations,

This book is a must for both the novice and experienced professional who want to expand their knowledge of digital publishing.

Renee Guilmette, Thomson Learning, Global Production & Manufacturing Group
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 goal
1.02 Various publishers, various solutions
1.03 What next?
2.The Technical Infrastructure, by Chris Biemesderfer, Seagoat Consulting
2.01 Overview
2.02 The basics of computer architecture
2.03 The processing environment
2.04 Display
2.05 Data storage
2.06 Data communications
2.07 Additional interesting resources
3.Markup: XML and Related Technologies, by William E.Kasdorf
3.01 Overview
3.02 HTML: HyperText Markup Language
3.03 XML: the Extensible Markup Language
3.04 Communication, cooperation, collaboration
4. Organizing, Editing, and Linking Content, by John Strange, Group Production Director, Blackwell Publishing
4.01 Overview: the transition from traditional to digital publishing
4.02 Structuring content
4.03 The impact of digital publishing on traditional publishing models
4.04 Information about content: metadata
4.05 Linking
4.06 Conclusion
5.Data Capture and Conversion, by Mark Gross, President, Data Conversion Laboratory
5.01 Overview: Entering a world of structure
5.02 Untangling content from structure
5.04 The conversion process
5.05 Analysis issues
6.Composition, Design, and Graphics, by Thad McIlroy, President, Arcadia House
6.01 Overview
6.02 Text, graphics, and page layout: The three elements of a page
6.03 Design vs. production
6.04 Three key technologies
6.05 PostScript: the language of print publishing
6.06 PDF -Adobe 's Portable Document Format
6.07 Typography
6.08 Graphic types and file formats
6.09 Color
6.10 Page production
6.11 Image capture and image processing
6.12 Work flow
6.13 Printing processes
6.14 Working with printers
6.15 Resources
7. Accessibility, by Frederick Bowes,III, Electronic Publishing Associates
7.01 Overview
7.02 A closer look
7.03 Closing summary
7.04 Resources and documents
8. Digital Printing, by George Alexander, Executive Editor, the Seybold Report
8.01 Overview
8.02 Digital printing technologies
8.03 Uses of digital printing
8.04 Available printing systems
8.05 Sales channels for digital book printing
9. Multimedia Publishing, by Florian Brody, President and CEO, Brody Inc.
9.01 Overview
9.02 What is multimedia?
9.03 Deciding on multimedia
9.04 Multimedia experience
9.05 The business of multimedia
9.06 Multimedia technology
9.07 Rights issues
9.08 Conclusion
10. Content Management and Web Publishing, by Bill Trippe, President, New Millennium Publishing and Mark Walter, Consultant
10.01 Introduction to content management
10.02 Types of Content Management Systems
10.03 Benefits of content management systems
10.04 Issues to consider in content management
10.05 Evaluating a content management system
10.06 Post-implementation issues 454
11.Electronic Books and the Open eBook Publication Structure, by Allen Renear, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Dorothea Salo
11.01 Introduction
11.02 OEBPS in a nutshell
11.03 Electronic books in general
11.04 Thinking clearly about e-books
11.05 The format problem
11.06 The OeBF Open eBook Publication Structure
11.07 In conclusion
11.08 Some advice for e-book publishers
11.09 For more information
12.Archiving, by Heather Malloy, Digital Archive Manager, John Wiley &Sons
12.01 The importance of archiving
12.02 Other concerns for archiving
12.03 Where to implement the archive
12.04 Technology issues
12.05 Issues in development and implementation
12.06 Conclusion
12.07 Resources
13.The Legal Framework: Copyright and Trademark, by William S.Strong, Partner, Kotin, Crabtree and Strong, LLP
13.01 Copyright
13.02 Trademark law
13.03 Other laws
13.04 Lawsuits: Is there nationwide jurisdiction?
13.05 Contracting with customers
13.06 Conclusion
14.International Issues, by Robert E.Baensch, Director, Center for Publishing, New York University
14.01 Overview
14.02 Internet users worldwide
14.03 The STM industry leaders
14.04 Establishing the Web Site
14.05 Understanding the global environment
14.06 Geographic and country priorities
14.07 English and other languages
14.08 New economics of information services
14.09 Worldwide on-line advertising
14.10 Marketing on the Internet
14.11 International information sources
14.12 Internet publishing law
14.13 Conclusion
15. Digital Rights Management, by Paul Hilts, Former Technology Editor, Publisher's Weekly
15.01 Overview: What is DRM?
15.02 Rights-based business models
15.03 DRM technology
15.04 DRM standards
15.05 Legal developments: important legislation
15.07 The state of the market
15.08 DRM Implementation Issues

About the Author

William Kasdorf is president of Impressions Book and Journal Services and past-president of the Society for Scholarly Publishing. He is a frequent speaker at conferences across the country on various subjects related to digital publishing. He lives in Ann Arbor, MI.