KF8 and iBooks Author: Up and Running

Sanders Kleinfeld (O'Reilly Media, Inc.), Adam Witwer (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)
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Here’s your one-stop crash course on the latest ebook formats released for Amazon’s Kindle Fire (KF8) and Apple’s iPad (iBooks Author). Join Adam Witwer (Director of Content and Publishing Operations, O’Reilly Media) and Sanders Kleinfeld (Publishing Technologies Specialist, O’Reilly Media) for an informal dialogue that will tackle all your questions, including:

  • What is KF8, exactly? How does it differ from Amazon’s Mobi format, and what new features does it add for Kindle Fire?
  • How can publishers add new features for Kindle Fire, while maintaining backward compatibility with Kindle eInk devices?
  • What features does the new iBooks Author platform offer to publishers, and what distinguishes it from existing ebook publishing tools like InDesign, oXygen, and Sigil?
  • How does the IBA format differ from EPUB? Should publishers start producing books in both formats?
  • What are the implications of the iBooks Author licensing terms on authors and publishers?
  • What are the pros and cons of developing ebooks in KF8 and IBA formats?
  • How can publishers integrate these new formats into existing e-production workflows?
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Sanders Kleinfeld

O'Reilly Media, Inc.

Sanders Kleinfeld has been employed at O’Reilly Media since 2004 and has held a variety of positions, including roles on O’Reilly’s Production, Editorial, and Tools teams. Currently, he works as publishing technology engineer, maintaining O’Reilly’s XML-based toolchain for generating EPUB and Mobi formats of both frontlist and backlist titles. He also helps coordinate O’Reilly’s digital distribution efforts to electronic sales channels, and is currently assisting in R&D efforts surrounding HTML5 and EPUB 3, helping to develop next-generation ebook content for O’Reilly and its publishing partners. In his spare time, Sanders loves to read, but primarily print books. Sanders is the author of HTML5 for Publishers (O’Reilly, 2011).

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Adam Witwer

O'Reilly Media, Inc.

Adam Witwer oversees the Publishing Services division at O’Reilly Media. He manages print, ebook/digital development, video production, and manufacturing.

Adam managed the O’Reilly production department’s transition to an XML-based workflow. In the process, he became an expert in the challenges of publishing to multiple sources and formats from a single source. He now focuses on ebook development at O’Reilly and thinking about the next generation of books.

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Sanders Kleinfeld
02/17/2012 3:43pm EST

Sorry bad link. Slides are here: www.slideshare.net/OReillyT...

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Shirley Bailes
02/17/2012 3:42pm EST

Slides are also available at the top of this page, just above the description for the session.

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Sanders Kleinfeld
02/17/2012 3:41pm EST

Hi Chris and John,

We have the slides up on slideshare here: www.slideshare.net/OReillyT...>

We’re working on getting them posted to the TOCCon website as well.

Chris Corbell
02/17/2012 3:36pm EST

I’d like to second that request – slides would be great!

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John Cain
02/16/2012 9:55am EST

Excellent material, well presented. While many attendees were snapping pix, it would be great to get the presentation deck (at least the workflow slides).

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