Last week the Hybrid Publishing Consortium presented their research project „Merve Remix“ at the Frankfurt Book Fair. In cooperation with the publishing house Merve and the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture (IMCC) of Westminster University the Hybrid Publishing Consortium had worked with ~150 books of the Merve catalogue. The project exemplary shows the range of possibilities for publishers and readers, emerging through digitization.
Visit the prototype here: http://merve.consortium.io/browse.cgi
This was the first public outing of the software ecology the Consortium has assembled as A-machine. For the ‘Merve Remix’ project we were able to demonstrate taking their back catalog into a multi-format workflow with a website offering samples of publications as EPUB 3, HTML5 Book-in-Browser and PDF.
We would like to take this opportunity to deeply thank Tom Lamberty, Birthe Mühlhoff, Hannah Wallenfels and Peter Cornwall for their tremendous support in this project.
We will continue our collaboration and cooperation in the second stage of the prototype where will investigate the ability to remix book chapters and download the new remixed book or order a print-on-demand copies.Let the remixing begin.
Feel free to visit our other case studies and prototypes at: consortium.io
As visitors and researchers at the fair, we could explore what wider publishing community is currently up to.
The education section of the fair is a vibrant area of digital research. We particularly liked Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) (http://www.etri.re.kr/) with augmented books for children; as well as learning and course builders like Weeras (http://tools.weeras.com/en/) and XCRIBA (http://xteach.es/) a plaform for publishing into educational contexts.