While writing “E-Publishers to Watch 2010,” which will be released in the fall as an ebook only, I challenged myself to assume Internet ubiquity (an increasingly safe assumption) and push through the boundaries that separate an ebook and the Internet.
So I’m building a companion website at the same time I’m writing the book, using the open source Drupal platform. This talk will describe my successes and failures in integrating an ebook and the Web. The presentation will alternate between screenshots of the ebook and the companion Web site.
The talk will start by describing the ebook, which is a collection of short, hyperlinked profiles of epublishing innovators, and the formats that allow hyperlinking and deep Web interaction (ePub, pdf, and mobi/amz). Then we’ll consider the surprising number of possible integrations that are available on the Web side. Among them:
Combining an ebook with a Website enables a “liveness” that is not possible with a print version. Many other possibilities will likely emerge as I continue to work on this tightly-integrated project. Some will work, others will fail. Both outcomes will be instructive and thought-provoking.
D.C. Denison is an editor at The Boston Globe who works at the intersection of the newspaper and its website, boston.com. He is the author of “As Seen on TV” (Fireside/Simon & Schuster)
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