Joshua speaks at and attends eBook and publishing events every year. You are welcome to chat with him anytime at these events, or you can set up a time to consult with him about your eBook needs in person. Please see our Consulting and Training page for more details, and contact Joshua to set up an appointment.
January 13-15, 2014
New York City
A Practical Introduction to ePub3
With the increasing number of devices that support ePub3 and the calls from all directions for more ePub3 content to be made available, it might seem to many publishers that now is the best time to switch to the latest version of the popular eBook format. However, while creating an ePub3 file that validates in ePubCheck is not that difficult, that validation does not take into account the many important ePub3 features and functionality that are really at the core of the new format.
In this workshop, Joshua will walk you through some of the foundational coding changes that come with ePub3, looking at what the specification says, how that translates into proper coding techniques, and how to use those coding techniques in the real world of eBook publishing. You will learn about:
This will be a code-intensive workshop with lots of practical advice and examples. You should walk away with a clear picture of the true differences and advancements in ePub3 over ePub2 and a solid understanding of how ePub3 files work in the real world.
February 26-28, 2014
San Jose, CA
Joshua will not be speaking at this conference, but he will be attending on the 27th and 28th.
March 5-6, 2014
The Ebook Unicorn: Standards in Ebook Development
Joshua will be attending the BookNet Tech Forum and participating in a panel discussion on eBook standards and best practices at the related one-day ebookcraft event.
March 21-22, 2014
Tackling eBooks: Practical Advice for a Changing Market (Session 203)
Since eBook sales took off in 2008, the publishing industry has endured a lot of disruption and change. The technological changes in the eBook space have finally started to settle down, but publishers and authors still have a lot of confusion over eBook formats, enhancements, development strategies, and distribution. In this session, Joshua will provide you with a practical overview of eBook development and distribution, explaining how independent publishers and authors can more easily navigate through the confusion and create beautiful, functional eBook files. In addition, Joshua will offer some practical analysis of IBPA-member books and eBooks, giving you advice on how to tackle complex content in your own eBooks with ease.
If you would like to submit a file for analysis and possible discussion in the session, you can email it to Joshua directly at email@example.com or you can send him a file download link through Dropbox. PDFs will be assessed for eBook development strategies, and ePub files will be assessed for quality and functionality.
April 3-4, 2014
eBooks in the Real World
Publishers often find eBooks to be frustrating and even confusing. Developing eBooks can be time consuming and expensive, and knowing how much effort to put into that process is not always that straightforward. In this workshop, Joshua will give you a solid introduction to the world of eBooks, with information for managers and designers alike. You will learn about eBook formats, enhancements, reading systems, DRM, selling on your website, testing, QA, and more. This will be an information-packed workshop with time for questions and more targeted advice.