Newsletters
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...
Neustar, Inc.
Protect your website & network
using real-time information & analysis

www.neustar.biz
iPad
24/7/365 Network Uptime!
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Inkling Offers E-Book Publishing and Content Delivery Tools
Inkling Offers E-Book Publishing and Content Delivery Tools

By Barry Levine
February 12, 2013 11:11AM

    Bookmark and Share
In addition to Inkling's Habitat publishing tool, Inkling has also launched a Content Delivery Platform, which can be combed via search engines and offers samples of e-books for free. Inkling's platform is intended to provide an e-book alternative specifically to Amazon, which Inkling CEO Matt MacInnis said "is killing the publishing industry."
 



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:



APC has an established a reputation for solid products that virtually pay for themselves upon installation. Who has time to spend worrying about system downtime? APC makes it easy for you to focus on business growth instead of business downtime with reliable data center systems and IT solutions. Learn more here.


 iPad
1.   iPhone 6: Bad for Apple Tablet Sales?
2.   iPad, Other Devices Might Cause Rash
3.   Oyster E-Book Service Is Expanding
4.   Is the Samsung Galaxy S an iPad Killer?
5.   What To Expect at Apple's WWDC


advertisement
iPhone 6: Bad for Apple Tablet Sales?
Most likely, it will be a huge hit.
Average Rating:
Oyster E-Book Service Is Expanding
Available for Android, Nook and Kindle.
Average Rating:
iPad, Other Devices Might Cause Rash
Skin eruptions traced to nickel in iPad.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
34 European Banks Hit by Android-Skirting Malware
Criminals have been finding gaping holes in Android-based two-factor authentication systems that banks around the world are using. The result: 34 banks in four European countries have been hit.
 
New Web Tracking Technologies Defeat Privacy Protections
Recently developed Web tracking tools are able to circumvent even the best privacy defenses, according to a new study by researchers at Princeton and the University of Leuven in Belgium.
 
Juniper DDoS Solution Aims at High-IQ Networks
In the face of more complex attacks, Juniper Networks is boosting its DDoS Secure solution to help companies mitigate the threats with more effective security intelligence throughout the network fabric.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Contrary to Report, Lenovo's Staying in Small Windows Tablets
Device maker Lenovo has clarified a report that indicated it is getting out of the small Windows tablet business -- as in the ThinkPad 8 and the 8-inch Miix 2. But the firm said it is not exiting that market.
 
Seagate Unveils Networked Drives for Small Businesses
Seagate is out with five new networked attached storage products aimed at small businesses. The drives are for companies with up to 50 workers, and range in capacity from two to 20 terabytes.
 
Another Day, Another Internet of Things Consortium Is Born
In the emerging Internet of Things, zillions of devices will be talking to each other. Samsung, Intel and Dell just formed a consortium to ensure each thing can understand what others are saying.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Apple Patent for Smart Watch Comes to Light
Does a new smart watch patent issued to Apple provide a preview of the expected wearable from the tech giant? Some Apple-watchers are parsing the patent for signs of the coming product.
 
Will iPhone 6 Cannibalize Apple's Tablet Sales?
Could Apple’s iPhone 6 -- it’s so-called super-size phone due to hit store shelves this fall -- come back to haunt the smartphone maker? Some observers say yes; others say preposterous.
 
Axed Nokia X Phones Suffered from Lack of Identity
So long, Nokia X, we hardly knew you. The Nokia X phones Microsoft discontinued blend two rival operating systems, but leave out the best of each. As a result, the devices didn't become a runaway hit.
 

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 | Small Business | 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.