Introducing nextPub™; Bringing Complex Content to the eReader Channel

Dianne Kennedy (IDEAlliance), Peter Meirs (Time Inc.), Penny Sullivan (Meredith Corporation)
General Riverside Ballroom
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nextPub™ is an initiative of IDEAlliance, working in collaboration with the IDPF (International Digital Publishing Forum) ePub™ 3.0 Working Group, to design a set of specifications that reference and can be referenced by ePub to deliver and display magazine, journal, serial, newspaper and other rich content for the next generation of eReaders, tablets and electronic display devices.

nextPub complements ePub by defining rich semantic encoding for source content so that it can be served to a wide variety of output devices including the iPad, emerging mobile tablet devices and beyond. nextPub is considered to be a source content format while ePub is a delivery and destination display format. In most cases nextPub-encoded content will be aggregated, transformed, formatted and packaged as an ePub for delivery to the eReader channel. nextPub extends the boundaries of publishing to the eReader channel by enabling incorporation of serialized, branded content and ad materials into the eReader publishing channel.

This session will begin with a brief overview of the new nextPub specification and how it relates to ePub. Publishers on the panel will share their nextPub/ePub strategies and workflows that enable publishing without boundaries.

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Dianne Kennedy


Dianne Kennedy is the Vice President of Emerging Technologies Development and Training for IDEAlliance. Ms. Kennedy oversees and guides the development of emerging technology specifications and best practices to support platform agnostic, cross media publishing. Her responsibilities include nextPub, PRISM, DISC, XMPInterop and other IDEAlliance eMedia technical initiatives. Ms Kennedy is the Director for the IDEAlliance eMedia Professional Certification Program and develops other emerging technology training programs. She participates in the Ghent Work Group and the International Digital Publishing Forum.

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Peter Meirs

Time Inc.

Peter Meirs is the Vice President of Production Technologies for Time Inc. and an affiliate of the MIT Media Lab.

Peter’s role is to oversee technologies and information systems that support the production and distribution of Time Inc. magazines. These groups include the Time Inc. digital archive group (E-MaG), the Digital Development Group, the OMS Print group (magazine planning), Time Inc. paper and production information systems (TimeXchange) and production systems development. Peter is also a founding member of the PRISM XML standard working group and he co-leads efforts on the emerging nextPub XML specification. Since joining Time Inc. in 1992, Peter has overseen its digital advertising and transmission systems, directed TIME Magazine Editorial Operations and managed Time Inc.’s conversion to a fully digital production workflow. Peter is a frequent speaker at industry events on the subject of digital publishing technologies.

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Penny Sullivan

Meredith Corporation

Penny Sullivan is VP of Editorial Operations and Technology for Meredith Corporation, a leading media and marketing company serving American women with brands including Better Homes and Gardens, Parents, Ladies’ Home Journal, Family Circle, Fitness and More. She is responsible for editorial and publishing technology strategy and operations, including process design and technology which enable effective cross platform workflows. Penny is active in the industry and has been a member of the IDEAlliance eMedia 21 committee, whose mission is to build convergence between the print and digital sides of the magazine publishing process, and establish best practices for optimizing the creation, sharing and reuse of digital content. In addition, she was on the planning committee for the 2010 XML Conference, Co-Chaired the 2010 Premedia Spectrum 2.0 Conference and is Chairing the 2011 Premedia Spectrum 2.1 conference. Prior to joining Meredith in 2005, she was with RR Donnelley for 20 years, holding various operations roles.

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Jesse Burke
02/16/2011 8:14am EST

Was a great session on standards and needs therein. Wondering how to interpret the sweets obsessed tech co in silicon valley is in this and how much they’re hedging bets with own efforts (recent acquisition)

  • Ingram Content Group
  • Qualcomm
  • codeMantra
  • Impelsys Inc.
  • Aptara
  • Bowker
  • Connotate
  • HP
  • Jouve North America
  • LibreDigital
  • Malloy
  • MarkLogic
  • Random House, Inc.
  • SPi Global
  • Sterling Commerce
  • Baker & Taylor
  • The BookMasters Group
  • Constellation
  • Jacquette Consulting
  • Mashery
  • Silverchair
  • Wolfram
  • Smashwords, Inc.

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