[-empyre-] empyre Digest, Vol 111, Issue 8

Florian Cramer flrncrmr at gmail.com
Sat Mar 1 20:51:27 EST 2014


> I'm especially thinking of this somewhat shocking claim from Florian that
> they are ten graphic designers in the entire Netherlands who know to design
> an EPUB file (how do you even get a rough estimate like that?)!

This is estimate is based on our ongoing research on this issue since 2009
when we organized a first conference on electronic book publishing at
Willem de Kooning Academy ("print/pixel"). It has simply been an issue of
market demand and supply, complete lack of respective training in graphic
and media design programs (with one exception of a trimester project at
Piet Zwart Institute in 2010) and a frequent rejection of epub by designers
because of its design limitations.

The epubs on the market today have, in most cases, not been designed by
graphic or media designers, but either by documenting engineering companies
who specialize in semi-automated document format conversion (i.e. turning
publisher's Word or InDesign files into generic plain text ePubs) or - and
here comes the interesting economic bit - by outsourced service providers
in India.

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