What is Electronic Publishing?

Already firmly established in the consumer sector, electronic publishing is redefining the boundaries between print and digital, still image and video, passive and interactive. Modern digital workflows support almost any form in which content might appear, from traditional print to digital, web, video, and even interactive content. Building in the full spectrum of potential publishing avenues — print, web, video, mobiles and tablets, and interactives — from the beginning is not only a way to streamline production overall, but also to increase the reach of the materials produced by leveraging the content over a wide range of media. If the first revolution in electronic publishing was making publishing platforms accessible to anyone, the next phase is the linking of these platforms together to produce new combinations and new types of content. New concepts like the Online Scholarly Catalog Initiative (OSCI) and Responsive Design will allow that content to be easily archived as well as ported to any device.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • Beside the god arguments above, it's worth noting that this way of publishing means much better teaching/learning materials. he more senses we can accomodate the better since informaton will be store much better in long term memory and will be much better retrieved. - ole ole Oct 12, 2014
  • The differentiation between a digital text, a course via the Web, a blog, or other assets continues to become blurred. Where dynamic and rich media content resides is less interesting to me than the level of learning outcome acquire, learning engagement, etc. What is electronic publishing? Once the definitions are set, innovation requries redefining the previous definition. I struggle with the adoption of the terms in that the past has been fixed and limited which is contratry to the potiential of electonic publishing. Some Creative Commons liscenses allow orginal work to be improved and transformed for the public good and continulally improving the orgianl idea. However, in the context of yesterday, we have categortial steps (i.e., editions) that are becoming replaced with this new fluidity. Now, this fluid form affords everyone to be a publisher. - Mark.fink Mark.fink Oct 15, 2014
  • The term, "Electronic Publishing," may not be appropriate term to be used here as people may already have a fixed image associated with the term- kumiko.aoki kumiko.aoki Oct 23, 2014
  • If by electronic publishing, it is meant that resources typically only offered in print are now accessible electronically, then I would say this has significant value for online learning in higher education, particularly for accessing library resources. - Jolie Jolie Oct 23, 2014
  • Blended learning is pretty well advanced at the University of Leeds, with students regularly being provided with textbooks in digital format as part of their online course materials, and our extensive programme of making paper books that we already own available through our library Ensures that the students have what they need when they need it, without the usual problems associated with limited textbook numbers. The next logical step will be the creation and dissemination of digital publications that incorporate audio, video and interactive elements.- damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Oct 27, 2014
  • The consumer sector has Amazon for digital books, iTunes for digital music, Youtube and a host of services for amateur and professional video. Where is the educational content? Locked inside umpteen databases, fragmented into micro-niches. It's true that what the consumer side has is monopolistic (at best). But what will make educational content anywhere near as easy to consume as the consumer content? - edward.oneill edward.oneill Oct 27, 2014

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • It's more than electronic publishing; what social media are we using to collect/publish. We're using infographics, Twitter, databases, Wikipedia, blogs, etc. This shift raises the questions at what level/point will computers be curators. Actually, they do at some level now. Great article: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/27/business/media/how-facebook-is-changing-the-way-its-users-consume-journalism.html - michael.lambert michael.lambert Oct 27, 2014
  • Living or dynamic documents are missing: in the future electronic publications will no more be a derivate from the print form, but have their own characteristics. Living documents are not published once and can then be cited, but are continously developed and actualized. Books can also be written collaboratively, for example during a workshop. It is also called Book Sprint. Somehow I think that e-publishing is less a technology but more a trend. - rudolf.mumenthaler rudolf.mumenthaler Oct 27, 2014
  • Publishing is no longer about a select few companies creating standard texts and selling them to the masses. Everyone has the ability to create and publish digital assets, and I believe we will see an increase in the creation, publication and use of bespoke digital assets created by educators for their students. - damian.mcdonald damian.mcdonald Oct 27, 2014
  • I sense a distinction between static and linear content on the one hand, and dynamic networked content on the other. Aren't books and movies still the main digital content formats which are linear and can be accessed offline? Whereas web sites have a very different logic: searchability. Does "electronic publishing" subsume both structures? - edward.oneill edward.oneill Oct 27, 2014
  • I have made presentations using that material from the Horizon Reports many times. I have had one consistent question from these audiences - where is the recognition of electronic publishing? There are two threads to this. First, there is ePublishing as a means of producing and sharing content, especially in terms of scholarly research. This is of great interest to faculty, but also could be used by higheer education professionals in other roles as well as students. This has more gravitas that social media, but that rich palette of channels can be used to enhance and promote ePublication. The second area of concern is in the rapidly growing field of eTextbooks. The electronic text market has the usual suspects from print-based publication, but alternative and open source publishing systems are available, - larry.miller larry.miller Oct 28, 2014 - mpacansky-brock mpacansky-brock Oct 28, 2014 The integration of various content resources into the LMS, whether it be from textbook publishers or open source publishing systems is a game changer, reducing the requirement for instructional design teams to build/rebuild/remake content that already exists in various publishers inventories. This makes the production of high quality online courses more cost-effective, and presumably enhances learner engagement due to the big dollars mainstream publishers invest in e-content - vforssman vforssman Oct 28, 2014 [Editor's Note: Moved here from RQ2.]

(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on higher education?

  • Able to assist new University to develop in-house publication and share with others. Jefrina- jefrina.jamaluddin jefrina.jamaluddin Oct 27, 2014add your response here
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?