E-Book Systems

Digital Editions’ Growth Spurt
June 1, 2008

This spring, Barnes & Noble announced that it would offer both print publications and digital editions of more than 1,000 magazine titles to visitors of BN.com. The e-editions will be fulfilled by Barnes & Noble partner Zinio. Indeed, it’s just one more indication that, despite some debate on their future, digital editions are becoming a viable alternative to print for a growing number of readers. Cambridge, Mass.-based The Gilbane Group recently published a study, “Digital Magazine and Newspaper Editions: Growth, Trends, and Best Practices,” showing that the number of business-to-business publications offering digital editions increased by more than 300 percent in a two-year span

The Digital Edition: Heading Toward Its ‘iPod Moment’?
October 1, 2007

When approaching the subject of digital editions—those e-publications that preserve print layouts in a user-friendly format, often enhanced with embedded multimedia features—an obvious question comes to mind: What can this platform offer a publisher that a good Web site cannot? “That’s the question we get all the time,” says Cimarron Buser, vice president of marketing and product planning at Southborough, Mass.-based Texterity Inc., who recently pioneered a digital publishing solution for the Apple iPhone. “We know that the way people read Web sites is different from the way they read magazines,” says Buser. “Web sites are more episodic; there’s a lot of

The Digital Handyman: Retooling the Publishing Workflow
August 1, 2006

More than a decade into the “CTP revolution,” many of the promises of digital workflow have yet to be fulfilled. The publishing industry is far from achieving the hands-off, utopian workflow many envisioned when film went away and content went digital. While some in the industry once resisted the notion of a digital workflow, most now agree that the evolution from film to files has been a positive for the publishing world—as profound a development as desktop publishing. With digital content, publishers can now cut out much of the prepress expense for their print workflow, and perhaps even more importantly, their content is now

Digital Edition Takes Online Publishing to a New Level
April 1, 2006

Xclusive Magazine, the first urban magazine to produce a digital edition, is now using multimedia features including songs, streaming videos of interviews and customized advertising on its newly re-launched Web site, www.XclusiveMag.com. Using technology from digital-editions provider E-Book Systems, Xclusive’s digital magazine goes beyond producing digital replicas of its print versions. The digital magazine, which is offered on Xclusive’s home page, features streaming video and audio, and entirely original articles and interviews. Produced quarterly, the digital magazine is meant to complement the print magazine, which publishes eight to 10 times per year and is centered around events like the Super

The Tunnel of Hard Times
June 1, 2004

Survey any magazine or catalog publisher about the business today, and one thing becomes clear: Print advertising will likely not return to the heights it saw five years ago. Therefore, many production heads spent much of 2003 and the first half of 2004 strategizing how to cut costs and run their publications more efficiently. They also sought ways to redistribute content to generate new forms of revenue. A major push in all of these directions has been in streamlining file submission from advertisers. In addition to aiming for simplified, error-free file submission to the printer, new methods simplify the process of editing and reviewing