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Print will survive. Books will survive even longer. It’s print as a marker of prestige that’s dying.

I have never owned a print edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica. After the Britannica company’s announcement that, like the Oxford English Dictionary, it would discontinue its print editions to focus on its online offering, it’s clear that I never will.
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Variations on the NYT “T” Magazine logo. Great use of blackletter in a very contemporary fashion.

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A LIchen is born

My thesis project has officially been named Lichen, inspired by the heterogeneous symbiotic organism! My project focuses on digital publishing and will strive to make accessing and distributing open-source books and periodicals easier. I’ve also secured a domain name for the project: www.lichen.cc. This is an exciting milestone in my thesis development and there’s no turning back now ;-)

 

 

 

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The following embedded document browser was actually fairly straight forward to make. In a nutshell, the viewer takes a PDF file that is converted to Flash (using SWFTools – pdf2swf), and then uses an open source flash viewer called FlexPaper to help with navigation. LINK

 

 

 

 

 

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“Everyone’s afraid of Amazon,” said Richard Curtis, a longtime agent who is also an e-book publisher. “If you’re a bookstore, Amazon has been in competition with you for some time. If you’re a publisher, one day you wake up and Amazon is competing with you too. And if you’re an agent, Amazon may be stealing your lunch because it is offering authors the opportunity to publish directly and cut you out. LINK

 

 

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Scribus is an Open Source program that brings professional page layout to Linux/UNIX, Mac OS X, OS/2 Warp 4/eComStation and Windows desktops with a combination of press-ready output and new approaches to page design.

Underneath a modern and user-friendly interface, Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as color separations, CMYK and Spot Color support, ICC color management, and versatile PDF creation. LINK

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Bringing together the best scholarship from across the web, producing vital, open publications scholarly communities can gather around. LINK

 

 

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The IDPF develops and maintains the EPUB® standard format for reflowable digital books and other digital publications that are interoperable between disparate reading devices and applications. The IDPF also provides a forum that fosters enhanced communication between all stakeholders in the emerging global digital publishing industry. LINK

 

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HTML5 magazine building app. LINK

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“First” HTML5 magazine. LINK

 

 

 

 

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