Streamlining the production of digital books from a print-centric publishing workflow is a key challenge. This article describes the model that we successfully set up for one of our partners, Magtuner.
First, Magtuner developed a unique online magazine editor aimed at printed output. Then, Publiwide brought its core competencies and technologies in data transformation to shift the 25-page magazine’s source data (image, threads, text and frames) into an automatically-produced EPUB 3 eBook.
Below is the workflow we implemented during the Geneva Book Fair to transform the daily magazine into a ready-to-deliver eBook (5 daily issues):
A dedicated template, including CSS 3 components, was set up prior to commencing the project.
As the magazine was published, the source content was automatically transformed to OCD XML pivot format.
The OCD was ingested into the eBook publisher software. The structure was checked and edited, the styles mapped according to the existing template. A draft EPUB 3 version was generated within 30 minutes.
After a review of the output, our operator proceeded with further configurations in the software tool. A second output was generated within 30 minutes.
Final check and manual handling of complex layout and styles lasted for another 30 to 45 minutes.
In no more than 90 minutes, an attractive EPUB 3 eBook was ready for delivery.