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What's the coolest digital publishing product you've seen so far?

Posted by Madeline Coates

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I've got a couple in mind, but I'd like to hear from others first.  Thanks in advance for sharing.  David

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Berrett-Koehler Staff
Berrett-Koehler Staff
October 31, 2014

At the Bookbuilder's lecture I had the chance to talk to Nolan Myers, of Inkling, a company that creates a proprietary platform for textbook ebooks. It is a great piece of software, that addresses many of the failures of epub, at least where academic texts are concerned. It allows embedded diagrams that let the student turn the labels off and on to test themselves, zoomable inline images, good linkable footnotes, embedded audio tracks that play along with the text for music / poetry / spoken word, and even rudimentary 3d models of molecules (only molecules sadly). It is not a platform that is especially suited to BK works, and it may not be long for the world if epub sucessfully adopts all the trappings of modern html5, but for now It fills the textbook niche perfectly. I would love to have been in school with textbooks in this format.

David Marshall
David Marshall
October 31, 2014

Will - My brother-in-law, who designs interiors for textbook publishers in New York City, recently told me about Inkling and encouraged me to look into it.  I wanted to invite someone at Inkling (since it's a Bay Area company) to a BK Author Day lunch, and now I have a contact, Nolan Meyers, through you and this Bookbuilder's event.  Small world. Thanks!  David