🔴 ePublishing is (universal) access
The first recognisable ePublications [^1] were born of an urgent need to digitise literary works in the face of the rise of the internet and the perceived ‘death of print’ [^2]. ¶ Of course this death—like the Y2K bug—never completely manifested. But the urgency in finding ways to preserve and make printed titles available to future generations, beyond physical boundaries, persits. ¶ During this time, ePublications have forged their own field as a worthy, albeit tricky-to-navigate, addition to the rich mix that media digital means allows. ¶ And even though ePublications are often seen as companions to physical titles they remain true to their initial pursuit of universal access.
🟢 ePublishing is not one thing
The evolution of eBooks and ePublishing has come in waves. ¶ Formats, specifications, means of production and access have gone through many iterations. It’s a safe guess that this field will continue to refine and redefine itself along with digital technologies [^3]. ¶ At this point in this evolution there are a number of options available to publishers—some more regimented than others. ¶ This means there are choices to be made when embarking on an ePublishing project which may appear daunting at first but are becoming increasingly easy to navigate.
Converting print-ready files into eBooks is the most common type of commission at present. It can also be the trickiest to navigate as designs and editorial standards are not always easily translatable. Initial consultation begins with expectations and a discussion of available options, examining how to achieve the layout and structure that is closest to the original taking into account time and budgetary constraints.
🟠 From scratch:
We are also physical book and publication designers so we can take a project from initial idea through to ePublication to as many different interations as you need. ePublishing is just the tip of the ice berg when you consider the many traditional and emegent publoishing formats currently avaliable.
🔵 Design is always at the forefront of our approach—whether it is in facing a pre-existing design that needs to be followed as closely as possible, or a new project requiring its own unique identification. How a publication is perceived before reading is as important to us as the reading itself.
🟡 Some considerations for incorporating into ePub projects:
- Searchable items (Indecies)
Do you have an ePublishing project you'd like to discuss? Projects start—whether they are conversions or from scratch—with a conversation. Email michael(at)okinterrupt(dot)email or DM @okinterrupt to say Hello. 👋
Recent ePub projects for Uro Publications include:
“A book is not an inert thing that exists on advance of interaction. Rather, it is produced new by the activity of reading.”[^3]
[^1]: Such as the Project Gutenberg, which began in 1971 and continues today... [gutenberg.org/about]
[^2]: For the death/end of print see: Banks, Adam. ‘An interview with David Carson’. MacUser, 2008 [medium.com/@adambanksdotcom]
[^3]: Drucker, Johanna. 'The Book'. MIT Press.