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AAUP members: ebook output formats

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The Association of American University Presses (AAUP) recently surveyed its member presses about digital publishing strategies and programs.  According to the AAUP,  the survey had two purposes:

  1. To share the responses to seven questions specifically about digital strategies, technologies, and concerns related to their book publishing programs.
  2. To expose new and updated information on specific e-publishing programs at member presses

Roughly 45% of then-current members (59 publishers) completed the survey, representing presses of all sizes, from all regions. Of the individuals who responded, 39% are press directors, and 24% reported job titles directly relating to digital publishing, including positions in production, marketing, IT, and administrative departments.

One of their survey questions was: Our press makes content available in the following formats. Respondents could choose all applicable formats. Formats are listed in order of greatest adoption. Two presses skipped this question.

Format # of Presses %
PDF 55 96.5
AZW (Kindle) 18 31.6
EPUB 17 29.8
MOBI 8 14.0
iPhone Apps 2 03.5
LIT 2 03.5
DAISY 1 01.8
None 1 01.8

Other responses included:

  • HTML (1 press)
  • XML (3)
  • EPUB available soon (6)
  • iPhone Apps available soon (2)
  • Other file formats for readers with print disabilities (1)
  • Kindle titles available soon (2)

Written by Larry S. Bonura

10 February 2010 at 03:52

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