Digital Publishing

Digital publishing has allowed for new and innovative ways of delivering content to users. Describe some new technologies in the publishing industry, explaining the advantages and disadvantages associated with each of them. How has digital publishing changed the publishing industry? Who are the major players in digital publishing? ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… On March 14 2000, Simon & Schuster Inc. published Stephen King’s short story Riding The Bullet exclusively as an ebook.

More than 400,000 copies were downloaded in the first 48 hours–overwhelming some Web sites and online publishers. The publishing industry had finally come of age . It had gone digital What does Digital publishing imply ? Quite simply , digital publishing means publishing books into an electronic format , without any use of paper whatsover . Technologies such as the Internet, electronic editing, print-on-demand, online subscription services, and E-books are beginning to transform the publishing industry. These technologies can save time, cut costs, and give publishers greater options and flexibility.

They also hold the potential to make any information ever written available at any time to a much wider audience at a lower cost. New Technologies in the Publishing industry are : • Print on Demand : Print on Demand or simply POD is a printing technology in which new copies of a book (or other document) are not printed until an order has been received . POD fuels a new category of publishing (or printing) company that offers services directly to authors who wish to self-publish, usually for a fee. These services generally include printing and shipping a book each time one is ordered . Advantages : Technical set-up is usually quicker than for offset printing. • There is little or no waste from unsold products. • Large inventories of a book or print material do not need to be kept in stock, reducing storage, handling costs, and inventory accounting costs Disadvantages : • However, print-on-demand is an expensive mean of publishing as the publishers book must invest in high-quality, high-speed printers in stores and online distribution centers, Online Subscription Service : online subscription services enables people to have access to a publishers entire works on the the internet itself for a monthly or a year subscription fee .

Most newspapers nowadays offer online subscription services hence ensuring that geographical limitations do not come into question ! You can read the Deccan Chronicle sitting in your office in Detroit ! That’s the power of digital publishing . Ofcourse a drawback is that online subscription service do take away some charm from joy of the reading a morning newspaper . E-Books : An E-book, as defined by the Oxford Dictionary of English, is “an electronic version of a printed book which can be read on a personal computer or hand-held device designed specifically for this purpose”. 1] E-books are usually read on dedicated hardware devices known as e-Readers . Personal computers and some cell phones can also be used to read e-books. Advantages : Same as ‘How has DP changed the Publishing industry ‘ Disadvantages : E-book readers are more susceptible to damage from being dropped or hit than a print book. Due to faults in hardware or software, e-book readers may malfunction and data loss can occur. Screen glare and eyestrain are a serious concern for many potential users of e-book technology. A major worry of reading from an e-book reader could hurt the eyes.

The display resolution of computer screens and electronic devices is considerably less than the print quality produced by a printing press. Ebooks are heavily dependant on hardware, Internet connection or battery power , unlike printed books which require no such resources to function . E-books cannot provide the physical feel of the cover, paper, and binding of the original printed work. They lack an aesthetic appeal to some extent . The formats and file types that e-books are stored and distributed may change over time .

While printed books remain readable for many years, e-books may need to be copied to a new carrier over time. How has DP changed the Publishing industry : • The author no longer has to send works to publishers and wait months and even years to be published or earn money from a publication. • Searchability is one of the core advantages of a digital format , hence enabling research to be done in a much shorter time than what it would take on a printed book . • If the author uses digital publishing or publishes an eBook, the author now saves on print and binding costs of traditional publishing.

He can produce books and journals more frequently, because he doesn’t have to account for print and binding costs. • Publications can now reach a wider audience than ever before . This is possible because millions of individuals can gain access to the World Wide Web. Marketing through social networking venues can reach an audience that the reader would not in a traditional bookstore. • Digital publishing is also eco-friendly . With the scarcity of resources , it is quite obviously the way forward . • It has enabled to download print faster than ever before.

One doesn’t even need to step out of his house . Just log on to the internet, and voila ! the book is right infront of you . • Digital publishing allows unthinkable portability . the reader can now carry hundreds to thousands of publications on trips whereas, the traditional printed publication weighs more and has significantly more space requirements. Major Players in the Digital Publishing : The major players in monochrome digital book printing technology include Delphax, IBM, Nipson, Oce, and Xerox

For color production, the major players are HP Indigo, KODAK NexPress, and Xerox. More Examples : KODAK has a number of products in this new market, including the KODAK DIGIMASTER Digital Production System, the KODAK NEXPRESS Digital Production Color Press, the KODAK VERSAMARK Inkjet Printing System, and KODAK Unified Workflow Solution including the KODAK PRINERGY Workflow System. The new B imageRUNNER Pro Series devices are part of Canon’s digital books-on-demand offering. The high-volume IBM Infoprint 4100 is a popular device as well .