What is Electronic Publishing?

Already firmly established in the consumer sector, electronic publishing is redefining the boundaries between print and digital, still image and video, passive and interactive. Modern digital workflows support almost any form in which content might appear, from traditional print to digital, web, video, and even interactive content. Building in the full spectrum of potential publishing avenues — print, web, video, mobiles and tablets, and interactives — from the beginning is not only a way to streamline production overall, but also to increase the reach of the materials produced by leveraging the content over a wide range of media. If the first revolution in electronic publishing was making publishing platforms accessible to anyone, the next phase is the linking of these platforms together to produce new combinations and new types of content. New concepts like the Online Scholarly Catalog Initiative (OSCI) and Responsive Design will allow that content to be easily archived as well as ported to any device.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • With mobility a part of the equation coupled with staying current and having access to numerous sources, one needs flexible publishing tools. E-publishing allows for flexibility, immediate change of material and mobility. - michael.lambert michael.lambert Oct 13, 2013
  • Researchers and teachers are able to publish their materials and to have full control. Big step to Open Access. Interactive digital textbooks. - rudolf.mumenthaler rudolf.mumenthaler Oct 16, 2013
  • Opportunities to develop custom content (at the module or full textbook level) for larger enrollment courses on campus. OER can have impact beyond the single campus, but tools like Apple iBooks Author and Adobe Digital Publishing Suite can make on-campus production of high-quality content manageable. - dicksonk dicksonk Oct 21, 2013
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • What suggested matrix should we use in deciding what material/resources used to e-publish? - michael.lambert michael.lambert Oct 13, 2013
  • E-Publishing has profound implications for peer review and what we think of as scholarly work.- billshewbridge billshewbridge Oct 20, 2013
  • Establish a pedigree for open content (how has content evolved over time). - kbowen kbowen Oct 21, 2013
  • Eliminate technical barriers for utilizing open content. - kbowen kbowen Oct 21, 2013
  • New publishing platforms can help universities lower the cost of course materials, even if they still charge something to cover production costs. Lots of promising models between existing textbook pricing and free. - dicksonk dicksonk Oct 21, 2013
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on higher education?

  • Staying current is a constant challenge and requires a great deal of time to shift through so much content. - michael.lambert michael.lambert Oct 13, 2013
  • 70% of students report not buying textbooks for their courses - ePublishing systems can dramatically reduce or elimintate the cost of course materials. - kbowen kbowen Oct 21, 2013
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?