So You Want to Publish an Ebook? Tools, Standards, and Metadata for Creation and Innovation!

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The New England Chapter of the American Society for Information Science & Technology (NEASIS&T) presents

"So You Want to Publish an Ebook? Tools, Standards, and Metadata for Creation and Innovation!"

When: Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 8:15am to 1:00pm
Where: Simmons College, School of Management, Room M501, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA


Digitally publishing your own work is powerful and empowering. Surprisingly, creating ebooks with text, images, audio and hyperlinks is neither complicated nor expensive. By using EPUB, anyone can create an ebook, from elementary school students to university instructors.

Come hear about an exciting project on open-source online textbook creation, a discussion about the latest EPUB standard which supports wildly innovative e-publishing capabilities, and a demonstration of open-source publishing tools you can use to publish your own creative content.

"Open-Source Online Textbooks"
Speaker: Dustin A. Lewis, H20 Project Manager and Technical Lead
Dustin will introduce us to a new suite of online classroom tools called H2O, developed and provided by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society in collaboration with the Harvard Law School Library. H2O allows professors to freely develop, remix, and share online textbooks under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License.

"Shifting Forward in Digital Publishing: EPUB 3"
Speaker: Nettie Lagace, Associate Director of Programs at NISO
Nettie will provide an overview of EPUB 3, a standard which, while tightly integrated to Web standards, also offers many innovations, including support for rich media, interactivity, global language support, and styling and layout enhancements. EPUB 3 advances capabilities for better accessibility and more and richer metadata, thereby improving discoverability and the user experience.

"Creating Ebooks Using Open-Source Tools"
Speaker: Karie Kirkpatrick, Journals Technology Specialist at The MIT Press
Karie will provide an overview of open-source tools that you can use to convert your PDF or Word document into an ebook—either as an EPUB file or as a Kindle (MOBI) file. This presentation will focus on the PDFMasher conversion tool, the Sigil EPUB interface, and the Calibre ebook management tool.


8:15am – 9:00am Registration/Light Breakfast
9:00am – 9:15am Welcome/Introduction
9:15am – 10:00am Dustin A. Louis
10:00am – 10:45am Nettie Lagace
10:45am – 11:00am Break
11:00am – 11:45am Karie Kirkpatrick
11:45am – 12:30pm Panel Discussion ----------
Back in January NEASIS&T had another event on iBooks Author only, please check the slides at

We hope to see you there!

NEASIS&T Program Committee