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  • 1. What is a T-Pub?
     

    Technically speaking, we don’t speak of “a T Pub.” This term actually refers to our transmedia publishing methodology, informed by our philosophy and utilizing eLearning technology in the background. Or in plainer terms, we always try to do a better job in converting documents, books and courseware into EPUB3 eBooks or RepubitDigital Editions or Mobile apps. We make sure the content is mobile-ready. We aim to enhance the interactivity and multimedia features of the publication and confirm its usefulness with analytics.
    - If you actually need all that!
    If not, we are equally happy to take your paper or PDF and make a nice EPUB3 book package out of it.
    You definitely should desire that along the way we take care to avoid simple mistakes that stem from ignorance of the subject, the language or the target culture. Ask us for some examples we have seen, sometimes they are hilarious - as long as they haven’t already cost you time, money and credibility.

  • 2. My Aunty has read eBooks for years and they are not exciting. What difference does EPUB3 make?
     

    The book industry worked hard to create an excellent new standard in EPUB3. It is founded on standard HTML5 markup with CSS3 styling and XHTML structure and metadata. It makes provision for almost any kind of multimedia filetype and user interaction to be embedded in the text or by hosting semi-autonomous executable code modules (“widgets”). Very open external networking and interoperability is allowed in addition to secure digital rights management. Fixed, reflowable and even hybrid layouts are also supported in the specifications along with completely global support for every character set, right-to-left and vertical conventions.
    This all adds up to, overall, potentially the most flexible and pervasive digital media container ever devised - including the webpage.

    The fact that large publishing industry concerns have been relatively slow (until recently) to adopt their own standard has meant that although e-reader development has been very widely undertaken, only a few famous names are well-known today as highly developed and capable EPUB3 reader products. RePubIT is consulting with the Book Industry Study Group to better explain and demonstrate the capabilities of EPUB3.

    Make sure you are acquainted with what a really great e-textbook or encyclopedia looks and sounds like today on a high spec OLED screen tablet. It can be sumptuous, but does the reader offer bookmarks, highlighting and annotations that turn into study aids and are shareable? We think they should and we know they can.

    Now join us in asking these questions about EPUB3: Can the content teach itself to you, as well as be a reference? Does it let you get help just when you need it? Can it be improved if some of us are having difficulties? Can it give us more to think about if it’s too easy? If we actually do read all the extra examples and optional advanced content, will anyone know or care - or acknowledge me?
    The answers are ‘Yes’ - Any more questions?

    This is really all just a beginning, RePubIT will be soon publishing a potentially significant white paper from an eminent consultancy on digital publications in Augmented Reality.

    “This is not your father’s old eBook” -- or your Aunty’s !

  • 3. If the eBook or app has all the multimedia, hyperlinking and interactivity then is it still a book at all? Why bother calling it that or restricting it to that old model?
     

    “We’re glad you asked that!” as they say. We truly have been waiting to have these conversations, because we want to share the vision that we’ve had here for five years now. There is no doubt that the book retains a definite magic for young children, who still enjoy being read to. They like it best when they know the story well and it has lots of pictures. In later years reading is an intrinsic part of growing up and finding the thoughts and the mind of one’s own. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could retain some of those childish pleasures and intriguing discoveries?

    In later life we are taught that a serious textbook needs serious study, it used to look austere (illustrations were costly) and often impenetrable - because some subjects just are harder to understand. We haven’t distinguished up to now between print and electronic media. But now, for digital publications we want to retain conventional, refined page layouts for maximum readability, consistency and clarity. We want an appropriate use of interactivity and multimedia and yes, we may use random access, hyperlinked non-linearity and selective reading levels.

    However, and this is the big point, underneath everything we believe the linear narrative of the classic book should act as a reassuring highway the reader can return to in navigating through any semantic landscape. This narrative is actually a story that the author wanted to tell to make sense of the information. It was moderated by an editor, it was pitched to a publisher and typesetting, layout and packaging were done by craftsmen. Though these steps might not always have occurred in exactly that order, the whole process was meant to always add up to be the quintessential curated experience for the reader. Why should we give all, or even any of this up? The answer was the dismal science of economics, of course.

    We want to find ways to return to standards of excellence in publications with controlled costs and undoubted value for money proven with experiential analytics for actionable data. Allowing communication in and out of an ePub, especially an eBook is opening up new horizons and perhaps, even new learning models for the reader and new production models for the industry.

  • 1. What is a T-Pub?
     

    Technically speaking, we don’t speak of “a T Pub.” This term actually refers to our transmedia publishing methodology, informed by our philosophy and utilizing eLearning technology in the background. Or in plainer terms, we always try to do a better job in converting documents, books and courseware into EPUB3 eBooks or RepubitDigital Editions or Mobile apps. We make sure the content is mobile-ready. We aim to enhance the interactivity and multimedia features of the publication and confirm its usefulness with analytics.
    - If you actually need all that!
    If not, we are equally happy to take your paper or PDF and make a nice EPUB3 book package out of it.
    You definitely should desire that along the way we take care to avoid simple mistakes that stem from ignorance of the subject, the language or the target culture. Ask us for some examples we have seen, sometimes they are hilarious - as long as they haven’t already cost you time, money and credibility.

  • 2. What is an ADB? What does “Actionable” mean? Will I get a lawsuit!?
     

    Actionable is an emergent buzzword of our time which does have real meaning (as does “curated”). The idea is that real control of a system rests on the ability to not just receive data reports of events and phenomena (though even this is quite revolutionary for books) -- but to present information and a control mechanism that allows real management decisions to be taken and real action to ensue. In this way, we foresee that publications will have real, managed performance targets - not just in sales, but in their usage and effects.

    The Actionable Data Book is a study initiative of the IEEE Industry Connections Learning Technology Standards Committee. The concept was to develop a suitable platform instrumented with experiential analytics which supports twenty-first century learning requirements. These would be: activity-based; mobile, platform-hopping; online and offline; formal and informal. The purpose is to use it for education, training, task-assistance, professional development and any other manifestation we can conceive now. RePubIT was honored by this committee of many of the most senior learning technologists by being invited to merge our interactive ePub development as a practical means of realizing ADB. RePubIT now plays a leading role in the standardization of ADB and the production of its first prototypes. RePubIT is also involved in the US government project to develop ADB concepts further for compatibility with the Total Learning Architecture ecosystem and represents ADB publishing interests in the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C).

  • 3. If the eBook or app has all the multimedia, hyperlinking and interactivity then is it still a book at all? Why bother calling it that or restricting it to that old model?
     

    “We’re glad you asked that!” as they say. We truly have been waiting to have these conversations, because we want to share the vision that we’ve had here for five years now. There is no doubt that the book retains a definite magic for young children, who still enjoy being read to. They like it best when they know the story well and it has lots of pictures. In later years reading is an intrinsic part of growing up and finding the thoughts and the mind of one’s own. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could retain some of those childish pleasures and intriguing discoveries?

    In later life we are taught that a serious textbook needs serious study, it used to look austere (illustrations were costly) and often impenetrable - because some subjects just are harder to understand. We haven’t distinguished up to now between print and electronic media. But now, for digital publications we want to retain conventional, refined page layouts for maximum readability, consistency and clarity. We want an appropriate use of interactivity and multimedia and yes, we may use random access, hyperlinked non-linearity and selective reading levels.

    However, and this is the big point, underneath everything we believe the linear narrative of the classic book should act as a reassuring highway the reader can return to in navigating through any semantic landscape. This narrative is actually a story that the author wanted to tell to make sense of the information. It was moderated by an editor, it was pitched to a publisher and typesetting, layout and packaging were done by craftsmen. Though these steps might not always have occurred in exactly that order, the whole process was meant to always add up to be the quintessential curated experience for the reader. Why should we give all, or even any of this up? The answer was the dismal science of economics, of course.

    We want to find ways to return to standards of excellence in publications with controlled costs and undoubted value for money proven with experiential analytics for actionable data. Allowing communication in and out of an ePub, especially an eBook is opening up new horizons and perhaps, even new learning models for the reader and new production models for the industry.

  • 1. What is a T-Pub?
     

    Technically speaking, we don’t speak of “a T Pub.” This term actually refers to our transmedia publishing methodology, informed by our philosophy and utilizing eLearning technology in the background. Or in plainer terms, we always try to do a better job in converting documents, books and courseware into EPUB3 eBooks or RepubitDigital Editions or Mobile apps. We make sure the content is mobile-ready. We aim to enhance the interactivity and multimedia features of the publication and confirm its usefulness with analytics.
    - If you actually need all that!
    If not, we are equally happy to take your paper or PDF and make a nice EPUB3 book package out of it.
    You definitely should desire that along the way we take care to avoid simple mistakes that stem from ignorance of the subject, the language or the target culture. Ask us for some examples we have seen, sometimes they are hilarious - as long as they haven’t already cost you time, money and credibility.

  • 1. What is a T-Pub?
     

    Technically speaking, we don’t speak of “a T Pub.” This term actually refers to our transmedia publishing methodology, informed by our philosophy and utilizing eLearning technology in the background. Or in plainer terms, we always try to do a better job in converting documents, books and courseware into EPUB3 eBooks or RepubitDigital Editions or Mobile apps. We make sure the content is mobile-ready. We aim to enhance the interactivity and multimedia features of the publication and confirm its usefulness with analytics.
    - If you actually need all that!
    If not, we are equally happy to take your paper or PDF and make a nice EPUB3 book package out of it.
    You definitely should desire that along the way we take care to avoid simple mistakes that stem from ignorance of the subject, the language or the target culture. Ask us for some examples we have seen, sometimes they are hilarious - as long as they haven’t already cost you time, money and credibility.

  • 1. What is a T-Pub?
     

    Technically speaking, we don’t speak of “a T Pub.” This term actually refers to our transmedia publishing methodology, informed by our philosophy and utilizing eLearning technology in the background. Or in plainer terms, we always try to do a better job in converting documents, books and courseware into EPUB3 eBooks or RepubitDigital Editions or Mobile apps. We make sure the content is mobile-ready. We aim to enhance the interactivity and multimedia features of the publication and confirm its usefulness with analytics.
    - If you actually need all that!
    If not, we are equally happy to take your paper or PDF and make a nice EPUB3 book package out of it.
    You definitely should desire that along the way we take care to avoid simple mistakes that stem from ignorance of the subject, the language or the target culture. Ask us for some examples we have seen, sometimes they are hilarious - as long as they haven’t already cost you time, money and credibility.

  • 2. My Aunty has read eBooks for years and they are not exciting. What difference does EPUB3 make?
     

    The book industry worked hard to create an excellent new standard in EPUB3. It is founded on standard HTML5 markup with CSS3 styling and XHTML structure and metadata. It makes provision for almost any kind of multimedia filetype and user interaction to be embedded in the text or by hosting semi-autonomous executable code modules (“widgets”). Very open external networking and interoperability is allowed in addition to secure digital rights management. Fixed, reflowable and even hybrid layouts are also supported in the specifications along with completely global support for every character set, right-to-left and vertical conventions.
    This all adds up to, overall, potentially the most flexible and pervasive digital media container ever devised - including the webpage.

    The fact that large publishing industry concerns have been relatively slow (until recently) to adopt their own standard has meant that although e-reader development has been very widely undertaken, only a few famous names are well-known today as highly developed and capable EPUB3 reader products. RePubIT is consulting with the Book Industry Study Group to better explain and demonstrate the capabilities of EPUB3.

    Make sure you are acquainted with what a really great e-textbook or encyclopedia looks and sounds like today on a high spec OLED screen tablet. It can be sumptuous, but does the reader offer bookmarks, highlighting and annotations that turn into study aids and are shareable? We think they should and we know they can.

    Now join us in asking these questions about EPUB3: Can the content teach itself to you, as well as be a reference? Does it let you get help just when you need it? Can it be improved if some of us are having difficulties? Can it give us more to think about if it’s too easy? If we actually do read all the extra examples and optional advanced content, will anyone know or care - or acknowledge me?
    The answers are ‘Yes’ - Any more questions?

    This is really all just a beginning, RePubIT will be soon publishing a potentially significant white paper from an eminent consultancy on digital publications in Augmented Reality.

    “This is not your father’s old eBook” -- or your Aunty’s !

  • 1. What is a T-Pub?
     

    Technically speaking, we don’t speak of “a T Pub.” This term actually refers to our transmedia publishing methodology, informed by our philosophy and utilizing eLearning technology in the background. Or in plainer terms, we always try to do a better job in converting documents, books and courseware into EPUB3 eBooks or RepubitDigital Editions or Mobile apps. We make sure the content is mobile-ready. We aim to enhance the interactivity and multimedia features of the publication and confirm its usefulness with analytics.
    - If you actually need all that!
    If not, we are equally happy to take your paper or PDF and make a nice EPUB3 book package out of it.
    You definitely should desire that along the way we take care to avoid simple mistakes that stem from ignorance of the subject, the language or the target culture. Ask us for some examples we have seen, sometimes they are hilarious - as long as they haven’t already cost you time, money and credibility.

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