What Is Electronic Publishing?
The goal of Electronic Publishing is to integrate the entire publishing process in a digital environment. Early digitization projects have transformed physical content into digital versions. Today, we can see how this goal is being achieved. In this article, we'll discuss how accessibility, collaboration, and copyright can be used to benefit both the author and the reader. But there's more to Electronic Publishing than simply a new format. Let's look at some of the key components of this new medium.
The importance of accessibility in publishing cannot be overstated. Approximately 15% of the world's population has some kind of disability. Over 700 million suffer from dyslexia or visual impairment. Publishing accessible content makes good commercial and ethical sense. Luckily, the majority of publishers are now making the transition to accessible content. This article discusses the importance of accessibility and its benefits to publishing. You will find useful information at the end of this article.
There are some challenges to electronic publishing accessibility. Many digital publications are distributed through multiple channels, such as online bookstores, with no control over the content. This means that one single intellectual work may be distributed in multiple digital editions with varying levels of accessibility. To meet accessibility requirements, publishers must indicate whether the content is accessible to readers with disabilities and ensure that it is available in a fully accessible format. For this reason, the accessibility properties of a digital publication must be present in the metadata.
The challenges of accessibility are diverse. These include not knowing which tools have built-in accessibility checks. Another challenge is creating digital content that is "born accessible." In such a case, it is critical to incorporate accessibility best practices into your publishing workflow. For example, you should check if your publication is compatible with W3C's accessibility guidelines before publishing it online. Ultimately, a good digital publication will be accessible for all readers.
A recent W3C draft called WAI-ARIA-1.1 lays out multiple approaches to create extended descriptions for page elements. Those approaches include the use of a DIAGRAMMAR framework that holds multiple types of extended descriptions and their associated metadata. The DIAGRAMMAR framework provides a standard way of modeling the semantic structure of a page. It also has support for different modalities for extended descriptions, including PDF.
Publishers need to take accessibility into account in their entire publishing workflow. Elsevier, for example, has a manuscript guideline for authors and gets alt-text for images from authors. They also have an accessibility training belting system that trains employees in specific accessibility issues. The VPATs are provided to customers upon request. A company like Elsevier is making great progress toward accessibility in electronic publishing. A good start would be to include accessibility as part of your editorial workflow.
In order to be considered accessible, a resource must be developed for all audiences, including people with disabilities. Platform providers should also consider how accessible a resource is after a user has experienced it. If a person has a good experience using a resource, they will likely rate it as being accessible. This is especially important when assessing the accessibility of electronic publishing. However, even the best efforts can't guarantee 100% accessibility.
The digital transformation of the publishing industry has created both opportunities and challenges for publishers. Publishers have responded to these challenges by experimenting with new digital products. However, new products are difficult to develop and require new ways of working. To overcome these difficulties, publishers are experimenting with collaborative projects with different types of creative individuals and organisations. To understand collaborative projects more fully, it is necessary to understand how they function. In this article, we will examine several different case studies.
Electronic journals will foster more collaboration between readers and authors. They can become fully interactive with the help of listservs and chat rooms, which allow for ongoing debate and discussion. They can even host datasets that are freely available to all. In addition, authors can include datasets for their work and can incorporate these data into their articles. This type of environment will encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and increase the number of readers. With electronic journals, authors and readers can express their thoughts without the constraints of time and space.
When two authors work together, they often end up putting in 50% of their work. However, in some cases, the collaborative element can create more work, even if the individual authors are doing more than half of the work. Fortunately, team collaboration is also a proven method for increasing productivity and lowering costs. The digital age makes it possible for authors to access all formats of books and journals, including those from the past. By collaborating with colleagues, authors can improve their work and increase their income.
The term "copyright" is often used in conjunction with the phrase "electronic publishing." This broad term covers the different forms of electronic publication, including CD-ROM and on-line publishing. While these formats are somewhat analogous to classic publishing, CD-ROM and on-line publishing have particular issues relating to intellectual property. In both cases, the transfer of content from author to customer is physical. While copyright laws are often interpreted narrowly, they do require some consideration of the rights of each party.
Despite the name, copyright can be complicated. Essentially, it is a set of rights that an author has to protect their work. This includes the right to reproduce the work, as well as all editions of it in any language. In many cases, an author can't get a copyright for his or her own work. But it is possible to acquire a copyright that allows an author to include their work in an anthology.
However, despite the complexities involved, there are some basic principles of copyright that apply to both print and electronic works. In general, copyright gives the creator of a work exclusive rights for a certain period of time. It is a legal right that allows an author to retain control over his or her work, and to assign it to a publisher. Unless the author grants permission to a publisher, the author's copyright remains theirs alone. As a result, copyright protects the rights of the author and the public.
As far as reversion is concerned, these situations are essentially the same as with copies obtained through a mandatory deposit. A gift should also include corresponding rights. Likewise, copies obtained through a license or subscription may come with additional restrictions. Similarly, if a work has been reprinted, the publisher can use the copy as long as the recipient agrees to these restrictions. So, it is always prudent to obtain permission before distributing copies.
Despite this, many authors do not realize that copyright protection for electronic publications is different from that for print publications. While the copyright for a print publication is identical for online publishing, many authors do not want to use the same copyright for both types of media. In addition, electronic documents can be copied in minutes and distributed widely with minimal skill. In short, e-publishing has many unique and complicated copyright issues.
Because digital rights management is a complicated issue, it's important to understand the basics of copyright in electronic publishing. Authors and publishers need to be pioneers in this field and determine whether it is in the public's interest. The definitive guide to copyrighting your book can be found at How to Copyright a Book. It covers the details of the US copyright registration system and covers the complexities of copyright in electronic publishing.