Automated and multiformat standardized publishing

Nika Zhenya

ted.cliteratu.re

General basis

  • Publishing is a career, an art and a tradition but it is also a method.

  • The text is not just content, it is also structure.

  • The format is the bottleneck in publishing.

  • Now publishing is basically digital publishing.

  • Digital publishing is not equal to digital publication.

  • There is not good book without formating.

Types of digital publishing

Standardized publishing

This product is the way we have been thinking about books.

Non-standardized publishing

The product pretends to rethink what a book is.

Types of standardized publishing

Traditional publishing

Analogs methods since Gutenberg.

General steps: 1) edition, 2) design, 3) review, 4) print, 5) distribution y 6) sale.

Reversibility is costly.

Cyclical publishing

Digital extension of traditional publishing.

Reversibility is common.

A new format implies: 1) More time, 2) more resources, 3) less control y 4) less quality.

Branched publishing

Method born in the 90’s for automation and multiformat.

Branched publishing
General aspects

Based on the problem and new needs, we have to rethink the way of doing things.

We need:

  1. Single source

  2. Multiformat

  3. Online publishing

Branched publishing
Method

  1. Mother file

  2. Simple => complex

  3. Converters

  4. Just multiformat

  5. Team size > time

  6. Decentralization

  7. Dictionaries – RegEx

  8. Structure => design

Branched publishing
Version control

For long term we need 2 extra methodological points:

  1. Version control

  2. Multiple repositories

Branched publishing
Mother file

  1. Lightweight markup language or object notation

  2. Open format

  3. No disposable

  4. Deals with structure

Branched publishing
Common formats

Branched publishing
Common markup syntax

Markdown


            # Encabezado 1

            Párrafo.

            ## Encabezado 2

            > Bloque de cita.
          

HTML


            <h1>Encabezado 1</h1>
            <p>Párrafo</p>
            <h2>Encabezado 2</h2>
            <blockquote>Bloque de cita.</blockquote>
          

TeX


            \chapter{Encabezado 1}
            Párrafo.
            \section{Encabezado 2}
            \begin{displayquote}
              Bloque de cita.
            \end{displayquote}
          

JSON


            {
              h1: "Encabezado 1",
              p: "Párrafo",
              h2: "Encabezado 2",
              blockquote: "Bloque de cita"
            }
          

Branched publishing
Example 1

Digital Publishing as Methodology for Global Publishing

MD => EPUB, MOBI, website and analytics with digital signatures.

Sitio: http://alturl.com/4bksv

Branched publishing
Example 2

School writings

MD & BIB => PDF and future EPUB and MOBI.

Sitio: http://alturl.com/9er44

Branched publishing
Example 3

Dictionaries from the Mexican Academy of the Languague

XLSX and DOCX => APK, EPUB, JSON, MOBI, PDF and WEB.

Sitio: http://alturl.com/vvff2

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