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Web-based magazine design for self publishers
Author(s): Andrew Hunter; David Slatter; Darryl Greig
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Paper Abstract

Short run printing technology and web services such as MagCloud provide new opportunities for long-tail magazine publishing. They enable self publishers to supply magazines to a wide range of communities, including groups that are too small to be viable as target communities for conventional publishers. In a Web 2.0 world where users constantly discover new services and where they may be infrequent patrons of any single service, it is unreasonable to expect users to learn the complex service behaviors. Furthermore, we want to open up publishing opportunities to novices who are unlikely to have prior experience of publishing and who lack design expertise. Magazine design automation is an ambitious goal, but recent progress with another web service, Autophotobook, proves that some level of automation of publication design is feasible. This paper describes our current research effort to extend the automation capabilities of Autophotobook to address the issues of magazine design so that we can provide a service to support professional-quality self publishing by novice users for a wide range of community types and sizes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 February 2011
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7879, Imaging and Printing in a Web 2.0 World II, 787902 (16 February 2011);
Show Author Affiliations
Andrew Hunter, Hewlett Packard Labs. (United Kingdom)
David Slatter, Hewlett Packard Labs. (United Kingdom)
Darryl Greig, Hewlett Packard Labs. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7879:
Imaging and Printing in a Web 2.0 World II
Qian Lin; Jan P. Allebach; Zhigang Fan, Editor(s)

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