Audio conversion or short video annotations could be added as well; support for audio and video formats is included in the current Open eBook
0, author files mentioned in the book, Glassbook Reader, Night Kitchen TK3 Reader, Open eBook
Structure Specification, OverDrive ReaderWorks Standard, and SoftBook Personal Publisher.
The goal of the Open eBook
standard has always been to ensure that there is a free flow of electronic books from a large number of publishers to millions of consumers," explained Microsoft VP Dick Brass, "it was also designed to prevent a damaging standards war in which each device would be incompatible and publishers would produce few titles for each.
The Open eBook
Forum will sponsor its eBooks in the Public Library Conference, a daylong event to address the challenges and opportunities that e-books pose for libraries, publishers, and associations.
According to Steve Potash, president of the Open eBook
Forum, an international standards body for the digital publishing and eBook marketplace, a standard rights language for DRM is essential.
The initial product in the ReaderWorks family is called ReaderWorks Standard and is a free application for the building and customisation of Microsoft Reader-enabled e-books from Word documents and HTML, ASCII, image or Open eBook
The latest NOOK software also offers a Go To Page feature, one of the most frequent enhancements requested by NOOK users, which allows customers to jump to a specific page number in an open eBook
, an extra extra large font and performance enhancements to open eBooks
Contact: Open eBook
Forum, 302AWest 12th Street, #304, NewYork, NY 10014, 212/924-9081; http://www.
Under the terms of the agreement, Texterity's TextCafe, an automated service that converts PDF, Quark, or Word tiles to XML end Open eBook
formats, will be offered by Digital Goods to its content partners.
These include converting documents into searchable PDF, Open eBook
, Microsoft Office, Corel WordPerfect and even audio book files that can be used on Apple iPod devices.
In December 2003 Adobe Digital Media Store went back into e-book retail, selling novels and magazine/journal articles in its PDF format, and now e-publishing's trading standards body, Open eBook
Forum (OeBF) has announced that sales for the first nine months of 2003 rose by 32%, leading to total year estimate of sales of USD10m.
Contact: Open eBook
Forum, 302A West 12th Street, #304, New York, NY 10014, 212/924-9081; http://www.