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2012 SSP 34th Annual Meeting “Social, Mobile, Agile, Global: Are You Ready?”

Concurrent 5C: Making eBooks Easier…

Todd Carpenter, NISO

Although the adoption of digital books has lagged behind that of journals, eBooks have surged to the forefront of people’s attention with the proliferation of eReaders, the commercial success of eBooks, and the development of tablets. What do publishers need to know about eBook creation in this new environment? This session will focus on three essential standards that publishers of eBooks need to take into account in order to make their eBooks adaptable, efficient, discoverable, distinguishable, and accessible: the new EPUB 3 standard for eBooks; recent developments on identifiers for eBooks; and the new DAISY 4 standard (aligned with EPUB 3) for making eBooks accessible, not just for print-disabled readers, but for everybody.


Todd Carpenter, National Information Standards Organization
Todd Carpenter is Executive Director of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), a non-profit industry trade association that fosters the development and maintenance of standards that facilitate the creation, persistent management, and effective interchange of information used in publishing, research, and learning. Throughout his career, Todd has served in a variety of roles with organizations that connected the publisher and library communities. Prior to joining NISO, Todd had been Director of Business Development with BioOne. He has held management positions at The Johns Hopkins University Press, the Energy Intelligence Group, and the Haworth Press. Todd is active on twitter @TAC_NISO and blogs regularly as a member of the Scholarly Kitchen. He also serves the Society of Scholarly Publishing as its Secretary/Treasurer.
Bill Kasdorf, Apex CoVantage, Content Solutions
Bill Kasdorf, General Editor of The Columbia Guide to Digital Publishing, is Vice President and principal consultant of Apex Content Solutions, a leading supplier of data conversion, editorial, production, and content enhancement services to publishers and other organizations worldwide. Active in many standards initiatives, Bill serves on the Board of Directors of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) and is a member of the IDPF Working Group developing the EPUB 3 standard. He is Chair of the BISG Content Structure Committee and is also an active member of the W3C Digital Publishing Interest Group, the Publishing Business STM/Scholarly Advisory Board, and the EDUPUB Alliance, an international collaboration advancing standards for educational content. Past President of SSP and recipient of SSPs Distinguished Service Award and the IDEAlliance/DEER Luminaire Award, Bill has led seminars, written articles, and spoken widely for publishing industry organizations. In his consulting practice, Bill has served clients globally, including large international publishers such as Pearson, Cengage, Wolters Kluwer, and Sage; scholarly presses and societies such as Harvard, MIT, Toronto, Taylor & Francis, Cambridge, ASME, and IEEE; aggregators such as CourseSmart and netLibrary; and global publishing organizations such as the World Bank, the British Library, the Asian Development Bank, and the European Union.

Nettie Lagace, National Information Standards Organization
Nettie Lagace is the Associate Director for Programs at NISO, where she is responsible for facilitating the work of NISO’s topic committees and development groups for standards and best practices, and working with the community to encourage broad adoption of this consensus work. Prior to joining NISO in 2011, Nettie worked at Ex Libris, where she served for 11 years in a number of library and information provider-facing roles. She has an M.L.I.S from the University of Michigan.