DCLab mentioned in the Huffington Post, May 3, 2013
eBook Survey Predicts 'Quality' as the Top Factor for 2012
View the survey results and see where the majority of digital publishers will be focusing their efforts in 2012.
eReaders are not only valuable to those of us interested in reading books electronically, but also to a variety of businesses across a multitude of industries who want to create more efficiency throughout their organizations. An increased number of eReaders are being created to handle this new phenomenon. While most require EPUB or MOBI (Kindle) format, a variety of styles and enhancements require expert conversion of standard data to render properly. As you begin to consider the dissemination of your materials on the various e-reading devices, having a valued partner like DCL to successfully complete the task is imperative. Entrusting your valued manuscripts, journals, textbooks, and other documents to just anyone can be costly and dangerous. See what Scott Abel, the Content Wrangler, has to say about DCL's commitment to quality on his blog
Consider DCL's expertise:
- DCL converts eBooks for numerous publishers & distributors of all sizes
- Extensive experience with complex materials including equations, tables, chemical formulae, poetry, Q & A
- Conversion of author manuscripts, journals, books, textbooks & documents to any standardized or proprietary format including XML, SGML, MathML PDF, EPUB (including Fixed-Layout) & MOBI for Kindle
- Conversion from paper, PDF & electronic sources
- Simultaneous conversion to multiple XML targets & multiple eBook devices
- Conversion directly to an eBook format or initially to XML such as NLM, DITA, DOCBOOK, or TEI and down convert to EPUB & MOBI
- Conversions include internal & external references
- DCL provides conversion services to HTML5 which enables content to be viewable on supported mobile devices using the iOS & Android OS
- Tagging is performed at the content level providing more efficient integration
- Support both back-file & ongoing conversions
- Capacity for high bulk volume conversions
- Experienced in most foreign languages including Latin-based and double-byte characters
- Quick turnaround time... generally 5-10 days but can be as quick as 2 days if needed
As the eBook market continues to grow and create new opportunities in technology, DCL continues to grow & adapt to these changes to develop & produce the best eBook conversions possible. With more than 30 years' experience in providing document conversion services, DCL remains the recognized leader in this field. Mark Gross, President & CEO, authored the data conversion chapters in Charles Goldfarb's The XML Handbook and in Bill Kasdorf's Columbia Guide To Digital Publishing.
Typical Document Types
- Novels & Non-fiction
- Children's Books
- Enhanced eBooks
- Reference Books
- Research & other documents
- Technical & other manuals
Supporting all Devices:
- MOBIpocket & Kindle
- Android systems in Alkido & other applications
- Barnes & Noble NOOK & NOOK Color
- iPad/iPod Touch/iPhone in iBooks
- Linux Computers & other handheld devices that use software such as FBreader
- Mobile phones & computers through the proper web-based reading systems
- Online in Ibis Reader & Bookworm
- Windows or Mac computers with Adobe Digital Editions
EPUB/EPUB 3 Format:
Based on an array of standards & technologies including XHTML 1.1 & Open eBook, the eBook format known as EPUB was designed to be an industry standard for all eBooks. EPUB's distinct ability to unify these standards provides a solid formatting foundation for eBooks of any shape or size. EPUB 3 is the next generation of EPUB which includes several enhancements such as being able to support MathML.
The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), a non-profit organization composed of publishing & technology companies, maintains the EPUB standard.
The ipad currently supports Fixed-Layout EPUB. Unlike standard EPUB, this format does not have flowable content & is similar to PDF. This type of EPUB conversion is ideal for children's books, cookbooks & travel books.
MOBIpocket was developed during the PDA era by a French company. When eBooks first hit the market, the company expanded their offerings to include their eBook creation & reading software. The company thrived in this emerging market, grabbing the attention of Amazon who purchased them in 2005. Amazon used their proprietary format (MOBI) to develop Kindle, one of today's most renowned eBook devices.
The MOBIpocket format was influenced by HTML 3.2. A number of users who are familiar with the display engine & HTML, support has been continual, especially as the Kindle continues to flourish in the market.
The Kindle & the old MOBIpocket use the same Digital Rights Manaement (DRM) which enables manuscripts to be locked. When an encrypted file is downloaded from a vendor, it is locked to the user's registered device.
Kindle eBooks can be read on any Kindle device or application including Android, Blackberry, iOS, Mac, PCs & more.