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 Latest News (eBook,XML Press)

XML Press on Safari

No, not a literal safari, O’Reilly Safari.

Up until this month, XML Press ebooks were available from O’Reilly Media in two forms: in a three-format DRM-free bundle (PDF, ePub, and Kindle) and on Safari, which is a subscription service.

O’Reilly has changed their business model, and they no longer offer the three-format bundle for any of the ebooks they distribute, including XML Press books. They will continue to support customers who have previously purchased ebooks from them, and they will still distribute updates.

The immediate impact for XML Press customers is that, for the moment, there is no way to purchase a three-format DRM-free bundle. I am looking for the best way to restore that option, which I know is still the preferred option for many customers.

Stay tuned for details.

 Latest News (Book Review,XML Press)

Review of Webinar School

Cover of Webinar School, linked to Amazon.com

The Instructional Design and Learning Special Interest Group (IDL SIG) of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) has just published a review of Bette Frick’s latest book, Webinar School: Planning, producing, and presenting your training webinar.

From the review, written by Jamye Sagan:

“Whether one has been producing webinars for years or just got thrust into the role, Frick’s book will serve as a valuable resource with its generous heaps of advice and detailed preparation checklists that help the webinar take flight.”

“Frick provides two detailed planning and execution checklists—one for webinar trainers and one for webinar teams…. The checklists alone are worth the price of the book.”

You can read the complete review here.

 Latest News (Book Review,Tech Comm)

TC World review of The Language of Technical Communication

Cover of The Language of Technical Communication

TC World e-magazine has published a review of The Language of Technical Communication. According to reviewer Natalia Lincoln:

The Language of Technical Communication will greatly benefit students and others interested in, or lateral entrants to, a career in technical communication; management staff who would like to understand the procedures, concepts, and potential inherent in technical communication; previous technical communicators looking to reenter the field; or current technical communicators hoping to keep up with new terms, trends and technologies. Compact, elegantly simple, and direct, with the overarching discipline of form provided by editor Ray Gallon, this book assembles much sought-after information in one place.”

The Language of Technical Communication is available in print and ebook form from retailers worldwide, including Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and in ebook form from O’Reilly Media. For more information, go to the book page for The Language of Technical Communication.

 Latest News (DITA,XML Press)

CMS/DITA North America Conference

Join the Center for Information-Development Management for the 19th annual Content Management Strategies/DITA North America Conference in San Diego, California on April 24-26 2017. Engage with a community of people who believe that international standards, structured content, reuse capabilities, and multiple media delivery are the directions of the future.

Meet publications professionals who have implemented content management strategies and the OASIS DITA standard in their organizations. Learn strategies for content management, taxonomy, faceted search, translation, social media, agile workflow, DITA, Lightweight DITA and a whole lot more! Hear from key tools developers who are actively supporting the standards-based community.

XML Press authors Leigh White (DITA for Print, Second Edition), Eliot Kimber (DITA for Practitioners), and JoAnn Hackos (A Practical Guide to XLIFF 2.0) will be at the event, and XML Press will have a booth selling all three of their books, plus relevant titles from XML Press and other publishers.

For more information: http://www.cm-strategies.com.

 Latest News (MadCap Flare)

HTML to MadCap Flare

Cover image for Webinar SchoolAre you trying to import content into MadCap Flare? Are you looking for help in preparing HTML, DocBook, and other content so that it can be easily imported into Flare? Peter Lavin’s new book, HTML to MadCap Flare: A guide to automating content migration and maintenance, shows you how to cleanly import content using automated processes.

HTML to MadCap Flare provides detailed examples and clear explanations that will guide you through the process of importing any content that can be converted to HTML. The book goes into detail on how to manage CSS, work with ANT to automate import, create template projects to support single-source projects, and much more.

If you will be attending MadWorld (April 2-5, in San Diego), you will be able to see a copy of this book and our other MadCap Flare book, MadCap Flare for Programmers.

You can purchase the print edition at most online retailers, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The ebook edition is available at the same retailers and also in a DRM-free bundle at the XML Press Bookstore at O’Reilly Media.

For more information about this book, check out the HTML to MadCap Flare web page.

 Latest News (Confluence,eBook)

Confluence, Tech Comm, Chocolate Ebook now available for free

In response to popular demand, the ebook version of Confluence, Tech Comm, Chocolate is now available as a free download.

A few years ago, we took this book out of print because it was no longer up to date with the latest versions of Confluence. However, the book still contains valuable information about working with […]

 Latest News (XML Press)

Webinar School now available in print and ebook form

Bette Frick’s new book, Webinar School: Planning, producing, and presenting your training webinar, is now available in print and ebook form from online retailers worldwide.

Webinar School presents Bette’s practical tips for offering flawless webinars, keeping participants engaged, and having as much fun as the learners do. Based on her wide-ranging experience teaching both in-person […]

 Latest News (Book Review)

Kevin Nichol’s Enterprise Content Strategy Named a Top Ten Gift Book for Content Strategists

Kevin Nichol’s Enterprise Content Strategy was named by Firehead Ltd. as one of the 10 gift books for digital communicators for 2017.

The article says, “Nichols outlines some of the best practices for conducting and executing content strategy projects for your business. Expect many definitions, questions to ask, checklists and guidelines to give you a […]

 Latest News (Tech Comm,XML Press)

Virtual Summit on Advanced Practices in Technical Communication

The Content Wrangler is offering a three day, free virtual webinar series. Three days of free educational web presentations. The Virtual Summit on Advanced Practices in Technical Communication features 12 free one-hour sessions from some of the industry’s best and brightest talents — experts in XML authoring, content strategy, content management, translation and localization, intelligent […]

 Latest News (Managing Writers)

tekReader demos sample chapter from Managing Writers

eGloo Technologies has posted a chapter from Managing Writers to demonstrate the capabilities of its tekReader publishing platform. You can view the sample chapter in tekReader here: Measurement and Metrics.

Thanks to David Coules and Don Stolee of eGloo for putting together this demo. We met at LavaCon, sent them the files a few days […]