News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
GET RECOGNIZED
Let an ISACA® certification elevate your career.
Register today and save
You are here: Home / Cloud Computing / Inkling Offers E-Book Publishing Tool
Is your endpoint data protected?
Inkling Offers E-Book Publishing and Content Delivery Tools
Inkling Offers E-Book Publishing and Content Delivery Tools
By Barry Levine / NewsFactor Network Like this on Facebook Tweet this Link thison Linkedin Link this on Google Plus
PUBLISHED:
FEBRUARY
12
2013



E-books have been disrupting the publishing industry, but the big players -- Amazon, Apple, and Barnes & Noble -- have dominated the field. Now a company led by an ex-Apple executive hopes to shake things up with the release of a new publishing tool and ecosystem.

The new software environment from San Francisco-based Inkling is called Habitat, and the company described it as "the most significant advance in publishing technology since the advent of desktop publishing in the 1980s." The cloud-based product, now emerging from beta, offers professional publishers the ability to create and publish media-rich interactive content.

CEO Matt MacInnis said in a statement that, "to reinvent the book, we had to reinvent the printing press," offering the ability to target devices with format-specific interactive experiences -- and to do so at scale.

Error Reporting, Version Control

Two years ago, the company launched its first e-textbooks for Apple's iPad. Habitat expands on that by providing a platform that pushes updates to every target platform at once, including iOS, Web browsers, Android devices later this year, and to the Amazon, Apple, and Barnes & Noble digital bookstores.

Content teams can collaborate on a single project via the cloud-based environment. An object-oriented structure is designed to treat content as a software-based model instead of a page-based one, so that content can be addressed as individual units. Inkling said this approach was the result of the new offering being "the world's first strictly semantic publishing platform."

There is also automated error reporting, with a series of automated tests whenever content is being readied for publishing. Tests check for broken links, missing files and glossary problems, among other things.

In content as in software development, a big issue is version control. Habitat automatically saves every version of a project, and any team member can roll back changes at any point.

Content Delivery Platform

In addition to the publishing tool, Inkling has also launched its Content Delivery Platform, which can be combed via search engines and offers samples of books for free. MacInnis has emphasized to news media that this platform is intended to provide an alternative specifically to Amazon, which he said "is killing the publishing industry."

Amazon owns 60 percent of the e-book market. Inkling offers about 450 titles, and expects to have thousands by this time next year.

A big area of potential growth is the education market, particularly e-textbooks. E-textbooks have doubled in market share in the last two years to 6 percent in 2012, and some projections envision a 10 percent share this year. By 2020, e-textbooks could represent half of all such publications.

Michael Gartenberg, research director at Gartner, said there was "definitely room for more tools in this market to create e-books," especially if it offered new features or ease of use. But he said there were "lots of challenges" for another distribution platform to reach readers, particularly in light of e-book buyers' familiarity with the big players.

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Like Us on FacebookFollow Us on Twitter
TOP STORIES NOW
MAY BE OF INTEREST
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there's a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know by accessing the white paper, "5 Things You Didn't Know About Cloud Backup". Access the White Paper now.
MORE IN CLOUD COMPUTING
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Dairy Queen Latest Retailer To Report Hack
Dairy Queen is known for its hot fries and sweet treats, but it just made cyber history as the latest victim of a hack attack. The fast food chain said that customer data at some stores may be at risk.
 
Lessons from the JPMorgan Chase Cyberattack
JPMorgan Chase is investigating a likely cyberattack. The banking giant is cooperating with law enforcement, including the FBI, to understand what data hackers may have obtained.
 
Who Is the Hacker Group Lizard Squad?
Are they dangerous or just obnoxious? That’s what many are wondering about the hacker group Lizard Squad, which tweeted out a bomb threat that grounded a flight with a Sony exec aboard.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Intel Intros Lightning-Fast PC Processors
Call it extreme. Intel just took the covers off its first-ever eight-core desktop processor, which is aimed at hardcore power users who expect more than the status quo from their computers.
 
HP Previews ProLiant Gen9 Data Center Servers
Because traditional data center and server architectures are “constraints” on businesses, HP is releasing new servers aimed at faster, simpler and more cost-effective delivery of computing services.
 
Apple Set To Release Largest iPad Ever
Tech giant Apple seems to have adopted the mantra “go big or go home.” The company is planning to introduce its largest iPad ever: a 12.9-inch behemoth that will dwarf its largest existing models.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Samsung Maps Its Way with Nokia's 'Here' App for Galaxy Phones
Korean electronics giant Samsung has opted to license Here, Nokia’s mapping app -- formerly known as Nokia Maps -- for its Tizen-powered smart devices and Samsung Gear S wearable.
 
Google Successfully Tests Its Own Delivery Drone
While top technology companies are engaged in an "arms race" to develop drones that can quickly deliver goods to anyone anywhere, Google has revealed it successfully tested its own version.
 
Will iPhone Finally Catch Up with NFC Mobile Payment Ability?
Apple's latest version of the iPhone may have a mobile wallet to pay for purchases with a tap of the phone. The iPhone 6 reportedly is equipped with near-field communication (NFC) technology.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.