Moving to the Downtown Stage at BEA, the first set of speakers were from the newly renamed “New Media Zone.” There was one presentation in particular that stood out to me, by the Australian developers of DNL eBook format, DNAML.
The format is for your computer, and has a pretty clean, clear look to it. I was excited to see it used the page-turning feature, and has smoothly embedded video and audio into the pages of the eBook. Here’s a great way to promote a book by the publisher, and a great way to give a book a more creative outlet (just imagine the fun you could have with guest “speakers” in your book, like Sarah Vowell’s The Partly Cloudy Patriot with guest readers Colbert, Stewart, O’Brien, and others).
What was truly interesting was at the end when he presented the Children’s Picture Book Lucy Goosey. The pictures were bright and colorful, the read-along voice was engaging, and the overall quality was good.
And for the publisher, this program offers some great perks, like view the sales made in real time, utilize tools for user information gathering, promote/generate additional eBook sales through program, and use the program for in-house production “as well as outsourcing the production to 3rd party companies”.
Overall its a pretty impressive system, and with the hopeful advances of the portable digital readers, there is a chance this system could help solve some of the concerns currently faced by Kindles and EReaders.