No bad news

Over the weekend, coincident with BookCamp Toronto, Liza Daly of Three Press Consulting unveiled ePub Zen Garden, a work in progress that gives designers and readers an opportunity to apply different styles to a common manuscript. File this under the heading of “wouldn’t it be really cool if you could read the way you wanted to read?”

Also given a public airing at BookCamp Toronto is an intriguing XML production project exploring the opportunities and implications of creating and managing web-based content using an approach that is said to be “seamlessly integrated with Adobe CS print production.” The project is led by John Maxwell of Simon Fraser University, and I learned of it from one of the team members, Meghan MacDonald.

Via Jane Litte of Dear Author (and a tweet from Adam Hodgkin of Exact Editions) comes a reminder that Google is thinking about rights in a way that might help the rest of us shape how we decide to think about rights. File this under “Why reinvent the wheel?”

And for a bit of blog-as-bedtime story, I point to “My Milk Toof”, which Laura Dawson found over the weekend. Narrative fiction and children’s literature may yet survive.

Brian O'Leary

About Brian O'Leary

Founder and principal of Magellan Media Consulting, Brian O’Leary helps enterprises with media and publishing components capitalize on the power of content. A veteran of more than 30 years in the publishing industry and a prolific content producer himself, Brian leverages the breadth and depth of his experience to deliver innovative content solutions.

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