Design isn’t free

Sarah O'Keefe / Opinion14 Comments

The mantra of XML is that you separate content from formatting. Authors do content; formatting happens later. During a panel discussion at last week’s (excellent) UA Europe conference, I realized that this is only half the story.

A contrarian view of the future of publishing

Sarah O'Keefe / Opinion4 Comments

Based on a quick Google search, things don’t look too hot for publishing.

What’s dying, though, is not publishing itself but the current model of distributing books. Unfortunately for traditional publishers, this also destroys their current business model, which was based on their effective monopoly on distribution channels.