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Monday, March 18
 

9:00am

So You Think You Can Code? #eprdctn Life Hacks
This will be a hands-on workshop where participants take on a few of the perennial challenges unique to digital publishing. No advance preparation will be required to participate in coding and discussing solutions in real time. Harnessing the combined experience of the ebookcraft community, we may even compile solutions together that are better than any of us could develop individually. This session can be enjoyed with or without participating in this year's So You Think You Can Code competition and will appeal to all skill levels, from beginners testing their mettle to pros ready to learn new tricks—or maybe even show off a little.

[BYOL] Participants will need to bring a device, but code and conundrums will be provided. 

Speakers
avatar for Melissa deJesus

Melissa deJesus

Associate Production Editor, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Melissa deJesus is often the first person to find out that a retailer has an issue with one of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Trade ebooks, like 1984, Lord of the Rings, or The Handmaid's Tale. Then she's the person who tweaks the file or the metadata to fix the problem. For more recent... Read More →



10:45am

XSLT 3 for EPUB and Print
Learn about using XSLT to produce EPUB2 and EPUB3 books from XML or XHTML input as well as PDF for print with CSS or XSL-FO. You don't need previous XSLT experience but a willingness to look at a little code will really help.

XSLT can be a functional programming language or a simple template language or anywhere between. We’ll focus on the newer features of XSLT, after a quick overview.

[BYOL] If you bring a laptop with Oxygen XML Editor or Saxon 9 HE ready to run, you can follow along with some examples, and if not, that's fine too.

Competing in So You Think You Can Code? All workshop attendees are eligible! This particular workshop will touch on the following criteria, which will be used to judge your EPUB submissions: meets accessibility standards; rich navigation; adherence to standards; errors caught and fixed; and HTML updated to provide proper semantic markup. One workshop attendee will win a grand prize that includes $2,500 from Rakuten Kobo. Find out more about the competition and how to participate here.

Speakers
avatar for Liam Quin

Liam Quin

Analyst, Delightful computing
Liam Quin has been working with digital typography and books since first encountering text formatting software in 1981. He worked at SoftQuad Inc. (an outgrowth of Coach House Press in the 1980s) and was later the head of XML work at the World Wide Web Consortium for many years. He... Read More →



3:00pm

Introduction to Audiobook Production for #eprdctn People
#eprdctn people get a reputation for being tech-savvy – and rightfully so! But as print people lump all digital products together, ebook developers asked to make audiobooks may have no idea where to start. And that’s where we were three years ago! Through research, trial and error, and tests with distributors, we created a process of turning raw audio into finished audiobooks that worked for us. This workshop includes hands-on training in assembling audiobooks from sample audio, QAing tablemates’ audio, and understanding required metadata. We’ll also touch on why your press should consider creating audiobooks, choosing the right books for your market, and collaborating with audio houses. We hope that by sharing our experience, we can encourage others, especially small presses, to dive into the audiobook market with confidence.

[BYOL] Attendees of this workshop will need to bring their own laptops, headphones/earbuds, and have downloaded these free tools in advance:
  1. Audacity 2.3.1: https://www.audacityteam.org/download/
  2. LAME MP3 encoder (Audacity plug-in): manual.audacityteam.org/man/faq_installation_and_plug_ins.html#lame 
  3. PDF reader software
Working files are attached to this session (scroll down).

Competing in So You Think You Can Code? All workshop attendees are eligible! Paying attention in this particular workshop could help you take your submission to the next level through the addition of an audio component to your EPUB. One workshop attendee will win a grand prize that includes $2,500 from Rakuten Kobo. Find out more about the competition and how to participate here.

Speakers
avatar for Kate Schefer

Kate Schefer

Digital Product Coordinator, Lerner Publishing Group
Kate Schefer has degrees in creative writing and communications from Elon University, and currently works as the Digital Products Coordinator for Lerner Publishing Group, a prominent children's publishing house in Minneapolis, MN. She creates ebooks, enhanced ebooks, and audiobooks... Read More →
avatar for Kris Tomes

Kris Tomes

Associate Digital Product Manager, Lerner Publishing Group
Kris Tomes is the Associate Digital Product Manager for Minneapolis-based children’s publisher Lerner Publishing Group, where she manages ebooks, audiobooks, hybrid print + digital products, and new product development. She has a background in print design and developing best practices... Read More →



4:15pm

The Bunny Slopes of SVG Mountain
Naomi Kennedy is here to gently guide you down the slippery slopes of the SVG image format as it pertains to ebooks. No prior SVG knowledge is required — Naomi will go over what it is, how and why it's used, and demo tools to create and edit these image files.

[BYOL] Attendees will have the chance to code along with Naomi as she creates an SVG file and places it in an ebook to demonstrate its functionality (or lack thereof). This hands-on workshop will also touch on the differences and similarities between CSS and SVG, accessibility, common problems and their solutions, and supported features.

Competing in So You Think You Can Code? All workshop attendees are eligible! This particular workshop will touch on the following criteria, which will be used to judge your EPUB submissions: fine typography; device agnostic; and ingenuity/creativity of design. One workshop attendee will win a grand prize that includes $2,500 from Rakuten Kobo. Find out more about the competition and how to participate here.

Speakers
avatar for Naomi Kennedy

Naomi Kennedy

Senior Manager, Ebook Development, Penguin Random House
Naomi Kennedy is the Senior Manager for Ebook Development at Penguin Random House. A master at process automation, she is charged with developing tools to improve Penguin Random House's eBook production workflow and helping others with their ebook woes. Previously, she worked for... Read More →