The O’Reilly conferences and books are consistently good. The TOC for Publishing Conference presents a wide range of ideas, opinion and debate, how-to’s and examples of the future for publishing. The curation of the sessions into four clear and distinct tracks: Manage, Make, Market, and Sponsored Sessions present understandable pathways for the audience. The conference website and online materials are a great ressource for students, academics and professionals.
The following are particularly useful for designing ebooks and the future of book design:
HTML5 for Publishers
Sanders Kleinfeld (O’Reilly Media, Inc.)
HTML5 is revolutionizing the Web, and now it’s coming to your ebook reader! In this workshop, I give an overview of three areas of HTML5 that offer great promise to ebook publishers looking to expand beyond traditional text-and-graphic narratives.
Presentation: HTML5 for Publishers Presentation [PPT]
UX is still news to most book publishers: a panel of UX pros will tackle both the well known and the hidden obstacles to true reader engagement in digital books. This is not a design seminar; it’s a mental model elevator, in what has long been a blind spot in book publishing. The session will include some unusual activities that engage everyone in solving UX problems in the digital-reading space.
Presentation: UX Meets EBook_ Usability Professionals Improve The Digital Reading Experience Presentation [ZIP]