[scribus-dev] Tools of Change

Cedric Gémy cedric.gemy at gmail.com
Fri Jan 25 12:30:09 UTC 2013


1. oreilly tries to convince people they are doing the good choice, for
years now the leave paper for e-book. In France they have stop selling
paper books.

2. Oreilly's book layout are quite simple, so automation in understandable,
particularly from semantic sources like docbook with latex transform or so.
The real problem is that this workflow cannot be applied to jobs that need
a high output quality in printing.

As it is sure, workflow based on epub are coming. How is it manage ? that's
may be a question we should ask ourselves.

Both might be interesting

2013/1/25 Gregory Pittman <gpittman at iglou.com>

>  a.l.e posted something on his blog about this:
> http://impagina.org/blog/2013-01-12-oreilly-tools-of-change-for-publishing
> I went to the link and what impresses me is that these people are talking
> about multidirectional publishing, but pretty clearly starting from the
> point-of-view of ebooks, then having the option to turn that into a PDF for
> print, plus other formats.
> I have no argument against people doing this, since for one thing, they're
> going to do it anyway, but I think there is the expectation of a slide of
> publishing to an inferior quality. We're not likely to see high-quality
> output for print, microtypography and other advanced typographical
> features. This also feeds into the need for a professional publisher,
> O'Reilly for example, who will be needed to clean up someone's work to the
> level it needs to be for actual printing.
> More sensible, but more difficult, is the approach of starting from the
> high-quality end, such as with Scribus, then translating to low quality
> output such as ebooks when desired. We know that this isn't
> straightforward, but from a practical workflow point-of-view is more
> sensible.
> Greg
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Cédric Gémy
Association Francophone des Graphistes Libres
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