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Tuesday, March 19
 

8:30am

Registration & Breakfast
Tuesday March 19, 2019 8:30am - 9:00am
Auditorium A (lower level, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

9:00am

Opening Address
Speakers
avatar for Shannon Culver

Shannon Culver

Manager of Technology, eBOUND Canada
Shannon Culver is the Manager of Technology at eBOUND Canada, a non-profit organization that enables Canadian independent publishers to participate in the digital economy. She also teaches the Digital Publishing & Production course in the Publishing Certificate Program at the Chang... Read More →
avatar for Laura Brady

Laura Brady

Director, Cross-Media, House of Anansi Press
Laura Brady is an ebook developer, working at the House of Anansi Press managing the Cross-Media department. She is into ebooks, accessibility, dogs, and baseball. In her spare time she helps plan ebookcraft and follows the Blue Jays. She also probably tweets too much.


Tuesday March 19, 2019 9:00am - 9:05am
Auditorium BC (lower level, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

9:05am

The Past, Present, and Future of Digital Publishing That Hasn't, Isn't, But May Still Meet the Promise of the Web
EPUB has been around since 2007; EPUB 3 came out in 2011. We’re told we live in an age of digital disruption, but little has changed in ebooks since before the very first ebookcraft. What’s going on? What might the future of ebooks look like? Should we use EPUB 3.2? Will there ever be an EPUB 4? Are Web Publications real? Part history lesson, part unhinged rant, part futile attempt to predict the future, Dave Cramer will shed light, or at least heat, on the big picture.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Cramer

Dave Cramer

Senior Digital Publishing Technology Specialist, Hachette Book Group
Dave Cramer has been making eBooks for fifteen years, and complaining about ebook standards for nearly as long. He was co-editor of the IDPF specification on fixed-layout eBooks, but in recent years has become heavily involved with the W3C and web standards, editing several specs... Read More →



Tuesday March 19, 2019 9:05am - 9:30am
Auditorium BC (lower level, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

9:35am

Who Does What to Make Great EPUB? How to Build an Airplane in Mid-Air
Many of us have been working with the EPUB standard for several years, but one long-standing challenge for Canadian publishers, particularly small ones, is that the requirements for accessible EPUB 3 can seem very daunting. Recent work by Laura Brady shows that many Canadian publishers are still producing EPUB 2, and those who are producing EPUB 3 are not making great use of accessibility features. 

To try to address some of the problems, we’re working on an accessible publishing summit to be held in November or January. The purpose of this summit is to better understand who can do what to create accessible EPUB files, and then explain this work to stakeholders along the EPUB publishing chain. Our overall goal is to support publishers in making their books accessible from the start — this approach both maximizes the market for reading, and saves taxpayer funds on alternate-format production for students and other readers who have print disabilities. 

If a book is produced correctly, it will work with a variety of assistive technology tools without requiring further intervention. To get to that point, we need to agree about what our standards are, and then build an understanding of the workflows that are most likely to result in meeting those standards. This is what we hope to do at our summit, and then present at ebookcraft 2019. 


Speakers
avatar for Sabina Iseli-Otto

Sabina Iseli-Otto

Public Services Librarian, National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS)
Sabina Iseli-Otto is the Public Service Librarian with the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS). She works with librarians to help match books in accessible formats to the people with print disabilities who want to read them. If you call the NNELS help line, chances... Read More →
avatar for Shannon Culver

Shannon Culver

Manager of Technology, eBOUND Canada
Shannon Culver is the Manager of Technology at eBOUND Canada, a non-profit organization that enables Canadian independent publishers to participate in the digital economy. She also teaches the Digital Publishing & Production course in the Publishing Certificate Program at the Chang... Read More →



Tuesday March 19, 2019 9:35am - 10:35am
Auditorium BC (lower level, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

10:35am

Break + Trivia
Visit kahoot.it and watch the screens at 10:35 for break-time trivia and prizes!

You can find details on kahoot's accessibility features here.


Tuesday March 19, 2019 10:35am - 10:55am
Auditorium A (lower level, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

10:55am

Pagination in the Browser: Why, What, and How
Publishers and book-makers are still looking for ways to make more books, faster, while maintaining the quality that readers expect from professional products. More and more publishers are exploring ways to add automation to their workflows, and looking for tools that can replace or at least speed up the traditional InDesign workflow. Unfortunately, today's standard automation tools can't match the page quality that InDesign offers (at least not without tedious time-investment). At the same time, e-reading systems continue to vary widely in their support of standard Web design elements, which makes it difficult to create digital book products that can rival their print counterparts. 

Both of these reasons explain the continued interest in finding browser-based pagination solutions — as page-layout alternatives and as browser-based reading systems. Nellie will explain the problems that publishers are facing, and how web-based pagination can offer a solution to those problems. She will also go over some of the tools available today and those in development, a few case studies, and some of the theoretical concepts behind browser-based pagination.

Speakers
avatar for Nellie McKesson

Nellie McKesson

President and CEO, Hederis, Inc.
Nellie has been working in publishing for well over a decade, in almost every book production role there is (production editor, print layout specialist, ebook production manager, to name a few). She's spent the last 6 or so years working specifically with automated workflows: creating... Read More →



Tuesday March 19, 2019 10:55am - 11:40am
Auditorium BC (lower level, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

11:45am

Building Ebooks That Last
This talk will answer the question: "How does my company build ebooks that will still work in two years, or five, or ten?" Taking a pragmatic approach based on real-world examples of ebooks that did not last, with a dash of the theoretical that considers how web archiving work might apply to ebooks, Teresa will cover workflows, common issues that prevent ebooks from being sold, standards compliance, link rot, accessibility, and more. She will also look at how web communities are talking about digital archiving and how this might apply to ebooks.

Speakers
avatar for Teresa Elsey

Teresa Elsey

Managing Editor, Bridge International Academies
Until very recently, Teresa Elsey was senior managing editor (digital) in the Trade division at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She directed a group that produces and updates more than a thousand ebooks yearly, including adult fiction and non-fiction, culinary and lifestyle, YA titles... Read More →



Tuesday March 19, 2019 11:45am - 12:30pm
Auditorium BC (lower level, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

12:30pm

Lunch
Tuesday March 19, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Auditorium A (lower level, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

1:00pm

Complimentary Headshots
LinkedIn photo more than five years old? Is your go-to headshot a slightly blurry picture of you at brunch last summer? Well you're in luck!

We're offering ebookcraft attendees the chance to get a complimentary professional headshot done at the conference (while you're wearing your business-casual best). Photographers Yvonne Bambrick and Robin Cymbaly are on hand to make sure you look great. All headshots will be uploaded to a group folder and available for easy downloading after the conference.

Registered attendees are invited to book a 5-minute slot in advance, though bookings will remain open until the day of the conference.

Book your appointment at app.waitwhile.com/book/tfebookcraft19. (Please select March 19 before choosing a time.)

We look forward to capturing your eternal beauty.

Tuesday March 19, 2019 1:00pm - 5:30pm
Auditorium A (lower level, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

1:45pm

Cybernetic Ebooks: A Panel on Machine Learning and AI in Book Production
Tools are at the core of the daily work of book production, whether print or digital, because they directly impact our efficiency and the quality of the final product. Thanks to growing amounts of available data and the increased processing power of modern computers, Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) have become popular tools to solve certain classes of problems.
However, alongside the growing opportunities and potential advantages of applying these technologies to book production, there is also a perceived “dark side” to ML/AI that has many in the book industry worried that it will automate and replace their jobs.
The panelists will share their different approaches to applying ML/AI at their companies and their outcomes, highlighting both strengths and limitations, as they consider a vision of a more automated publishing workflow.

Speakers
avatar for Monica Landers

Monica Landers

CEO, StoryFit
Monica Landers is co-founder and CEO of StoryFit, a rapid-growth technology company which provides AI analytics for the publishing and entertainment industry. With two media technology patents, Monica’s deep experience in media extends from producing for ABC News and Good Morning... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Reid

Wendy Reid

Senior QA Analyst, Rakuten Kobo
Wendy Reid is a Senior QA Analyst at Rakuten Kobo Inc and has spent the last few years on the other side of EPUB mysteries and reading system technology. She is currently one of the co-chairs of the Publishing Working Group of the W3C and leads the audiobooks taskforce. In her abundant... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Tallent

Joshua Tallent

Director of Sales and Education, Firebrand Technologies
Joshua is a metadata expert and an acclaimed teacher and guide on digital publishing. Joshua’s role recognizes the integrated approach Firebrand takes to providing publishers with helpful advice and in-depth training, while also providing the most powerful and respected publishing... Read More →
avatar for Jens Tröger

Jens Tröger

Founder, Bookalope
Jens is passionate about book design and typography, as well as writing code. After more than two decades in academic and commercial computer science research and development, he as consolidated his passions with Bookalope: a collection of intelligent online tools for AI-assisted... Read More →



Tuesday March 19, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Auditorium BC (lower level, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

2:50pm

The User's Perspective: Accessibility Features in Action
Get a firsthand look at how an ebook's accessibility features are used by people with print disabilities. Accessibility testers Karoline Bourdeau, Daniella Levy-Pinto, Ka Li, and Steve Murgaski from the National Network for Equitable Library Service have generously donated their time to show ebookcraft attendees how ebooks are used (or can't be used) in real life.

Watch the demo video here: https://booknetcanada.wistia.com/medias/x27d7evrcs

Speakers
avatar for Karoline Bourdeau

Karoline Bourdeau

Accessibility Tester, NNELS
Karoline has bachelor’s degrees in political science and Women’s Studies (Honours) from Queen’s University, and a J.D. from Queen’s University Faculty of Law. As an advocate for access rights for persons with disabilities, she chaired the Ontarians with Disabilities Act Committee... Read More →
avatar for Daniella Levy-Pinto

Daniella Levy-Pinto

Accessibility Tester, NNELS
Daniella Levy-Pinto is the Coordinator for Accessibility Testing with NNELS. She has extensive experience with reading materials in alternate formats, and knowledge of assistive technologies. Daniella leads NNELS’ team of seven testers, who assess the accessibility of both EPUB... Read More →
avatar for Ka Li

Ka Li

Accessibility Tester, NNELS
Ka Li is an accessibility and usability consultant in the area of digital access. He works with a variety of organizations such as NNELS, Microsoft and Google, to make sure that their products and services provide an outstanding experience for everyone that goes beyond compliance... Read More →
avatar for Steve Murgaski

Steve Murgaski

Accessibility Tester, NNELS
Steve is completely blind, and an avid reader. He specializes in testing websites for accessibility, and is now working with NNELS to do the same for published books. His special interest is texts that contain mathematical symbols and graphs. He believes that these materials need... Read More →


Tuesday March 19, 2019 2:50pm - 3:05pm
Auditorium BC (lower level, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

3:05pm

Discussion Circles
It's time to chat with your digital publishing peers! Each roundtable will be assigned a topic relevant to the e-production community, from teaching opportunities to audiobooks to self-publishing. This is a friendly, safe environment where you can discuss stories, challenges, and ideas with an open mind. Feel free to start ad-hoc conversations and use the facilitation materials provided; a number of the day's speakers will be available as moderators. Share your thoughts, ask questions, and make some connections.


Tuesday March 19, 2019 3:05pm - 3:50pm
Auditorium BC (lower level, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

3:50pm

Break + Trivia
Visit kahoot.it and watch the screens at 3:50 for break-time trivia and prizes!

You can find details on kahoot's accessibility features here.


Tuesday March 19, 2019 3:50pm - 4:10pm
Auditorium A (lower level, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

4:10pm

Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World
Facebook’s algorithms shaping the news. The literature of our time mediated through e-readers. Revolution on Twitter and romance on Tinder. We live in a world constructed of code—and coders are the ones who built it. Acclaimed tech writer Clive Thompson is here to share a brilliant anthropological reckoning with the most powerful tribe in the world today: computer programmers.
Clive will pick up the thread of his own long-abandoned coding skills as he reckons with what superb programming looks like; ponders the morality and politics of code, including its implications for civic life and the economy; and wrestles with the major controversies of our era, from the “disruption” fetish of Silicon Valley to the struggle for inclusion by marginalized groups.
To understand the world today, we need to understand code and its consequences. Clive will give us a definitive look into the heart of the machine.


Speakers
avatar for Clive Thompson

Clive Thompson

Journalist and Author
Clive Thompson is a longtime contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired. He is the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better. 

Sponsors
avatar for Penguin Random House Canada

Penguin Random House Canada

ebookcraft session sponsor



Tuesday March 19, 2019 4:10pm - 4:55pm
Auditorium BC (lower level, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada

4:55pm

Closing Remarks
Speakers
avatar for Laura Brady

Laura Brady

Director, Cross-Media, House of Anansi Press
Laura Brady is an ebook developer, working at the House of Anansi Press managing the Cross-Media department. She is into ebooks, accessibility, dogs, and baseball. In her spare time she helps plan ebookcraft and follows the Blue Jays. She also probably tweets too much.


Tuesday March 19, 2019 4:55pm - 5:00pm
Auditorium BC (lower level, MaRS) 101 College St, Toronto, ON M5G 1L7, Canada