Special Issue "Digital Publishing - Transformations"
A special issue of Publications (ISSN 2304-6775).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2016)
Dr. Craig Smith
Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications School of Media, Art and Design, Canterbury Christ Church University, North Holmes Road, Canterbury, Kent, UK
Phone: 01227 767700 ext 3728
Interests: Motion comics; Comic book studies; Animation and film theory; Adaptation; Digital Media; New Narratives; Digital Art & Design; Transmedia
Digital publishing is a complex and evolving landscape that continues to provide opportunities, as well as challenges, for the publishing industry at large. We can regard the growing proliferation of digital books, magazines and interactive narratives as a result of maturing hardware (digital tablets and smartphones), software production tools, Internet distribution, and online publishing services, such as Lulu.com.
We can trace the growth of digital publishing arguably from the mid-eighties desktop publishing revolution, to the advent of CD-Rom, the Internet, and specialist eBook file formats. The emergence of the iPad in 2010, and the subsequent spread of rival digital tablets and sophisticated smartphones has once again altered the publishing landscape. Digital ‘Apps’, iBooks, and other interactive titles have embedded rich media, such as animation, video, and audio into the reading experience. This rich production environment has enabled book and magazine publishers, educational institutions and corporations to move from static PDF content to interactive editions. For example, comic book publishers can now augment their titles via production tools, such as the Madefire ‘Motion Book Tool’, to include motion, interactivity, and sound. This Special Issue invites authors to submit articles on digital publishing with an emphasis on ‘transformation’.
Topics may include, but are not be limited to, the following:
- The impact of ‘mobile’ hardware, such as smartphones and digital tablets
- Traditional vs. Digital publishing
- Marketing, promotion, and finance
- Self-publishing in the digital age
- Digital publishing pedagogy
- Open access publishing
- Multi-channel publishing and Transmedia
Production: InDesign, Adobe Publishing Suite, Quark Express, ‘Madefire motion books’, online publishing tools, adaptation, distribution, digital, print, archiving, cloud storage, rich media
Interactivity: Hyperlinks, interactive fiction, non-linear narratives
File formats: PDF, mobi, epub, App, HTML5
Dr. Craig Smith
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Publications is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) is waived for well-prepared manuscripts submitted to this issue. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- Digital Publishing
- Multi channel
- Open access
- Self Publishing
- Rich Media