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HarperCollins and RSI Content Solutions Contribute EPUB 3 Transformation to DITA for Publishers

  
  
  

epub3 conversionHarperCollins Publishers today announced it has finalized the implementation of EPUB 3 for its e-book production; all new e-books are now being distributed in EPUB 3 with backward compatibility to EPUB 2. The company has implemented RSuite CMS workflows and EPUB transformation to allow for continuous support of the format. HarperCollins and RSI Content Solutions will contribute the EPUB 3 transformation to the DITA for Publishers open-source community so that others may benefit.

“Implementing EPUB 3 enables us to support industry standards while increasing accessibility for the disabled community,” said Leslie Hulse, vice president of business development. “We look forward to the enhanced benefits this new format will provide readers.”

“Working with RSuite allowed us to upgrade to an XML-based digital workflow that facilitates more automated e-book production,” said Leslie Padgett, senior director, global digital operations. “We are excited to contribute the work we’ve done on the transformation to the DITA for Publishers project so the community can benefit from our team’s good work.”  

“The joint team can be proud of the final work product that resulted from our close collaboration,” stated Paul Eisenberg, director, professional services at RSI Content Solutions. “HarperCollins has demonstrated leadership by contributing the EPUB 3 transform back to the DITA for Publishers community.”  

About RSI Content Solutions

RSI Content Solutions accelerates publishers’ revenue and profit growth through better content management. Since 2000, RSI Content Solutions has provided publishers, media companies, and technical publishers with award-winning software solutions that transform their businesses to provide clients with the ability to delivery content in any format, to any channel, at any time. For more information, please visit www.rsuitecms.com.

About HarperCollins Publishers

HarperCollins Publishers is the second largest consumer book publisher in the world, with operations in 18 countries. With nearly two hundred years of history and more than 65 unique imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year, in over 30 languages, and has a print and digital catalog of more than 200,000 titles. Writing across dozens of genres, HarperCollins authors include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals and the Man Booker Prize. HarperCollins, headquartered in New York, is a subsidiary of News Corp and can be visited online at corporate.HC.com.

RSuite CMS Expands Publishing Automation Features

  
  
  

RSuite | Publishing AutomatedRSuite CMS, a leading publishing automation and multi-channel publishing content management solution announced today version 4.1.  RSuite 4.1 provides an extensive use of templates to drive efficiencies into the book publishing process.  The pre-configured environment allows book publishers to realize their goal of multi-channel publishing by simply utilizing the free Microsoft Word templates to automatically generate XML, ePub, PDF, and other outputs.  In addition the out-of-the-box workflow plugin instantly allows for editorial and production staff to begin to organize, execute, and report on the entire production process.  Managers can now monitor and report on the status of their production process by personalizing the RSuite dashboard.

“Our clients report that on average they are able to reduce their production time by 50% by leveraging the automation tools in RSuite” stated Christopher Hill, vice president, product management at RSI Content Solutions.  “That is an amazing statistic when you think about how much more capacity a publisher will now have to produce new products in both print and electronic formats.”    

Key enhancements to RSuite include:

  • Microsoft Word book template library to standardize author and editorial submissions
  • Automate transformations to PDF, ePub, HTML, XML, and InDesgin
  • Pre-configured editorial and production workflows can be setup in a matter of minutes
  • Manage and monitor entire production process through dynamic reporting and customizable dashboard

“RSuite has made the sky the limit on what Human Kinetics can automate. In two and a half years, we’ve automated our e-book production, our print book production, and website content” stated Steven Calderwood, director, content engineering and digital delivery. "Recently, we’ve leveraged RSuite to reduce the time to updating prices in our marketing catalogs from 10 hours to just a couple of minutes.”  

About RSuite

RSuite CMS provides the ability to automate the full life-cycle of content and asset management for publishers, technical publishers, government agencies, and organizations who need multi-channel publishing.  Whether your company publishes books, journals, standards, magazines, technical publications, reference material, or marketing material, businesses can leverage RSuite’s ability to be up and running in days while expanding and scaling RSuite's automation at their own pace.  Because RSuite provides publishers with the automation required to meet today’s multi-channel publishing requirements, our clients experience an average reduction in production time of 50%.  For more information, please visit www.rsuitecms.com.

RSI Content Solutions Named to EContent 100 List for 4th Consecutive Year

  
  
  

RSI Content Solutions Named to EContent 100 List for 4th Consecutive YearAudubon, Pa.— December 4, 2014—RSI Content Solutions, a publishing automation and content management solutions provider to the publishing industry, is pleased to announce that it has been named to the 2014 EContent 100 list of companies that matter most in the digital content industry for the fourth year in a row. Selection of the companies for the EContent 100 list falls to a team of judges including editors from Information Today, Inc., EContent magazine contributing editors, and other industry experts. Additional companies on the list include Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, O'Reilly Media, and others.

"This year we had three new judges and lots of new companies to consider. We also included a new category: Big Data. These days, data is the driving force behind almost everything on the web. From the targeted ads you see while surfing your favorite sites, to the articles and videos that those sites serve up to you, data is behind it all. Congratulations to all of the companies on this year's EContent 100 List and kudos on all they contribute to the digital content industry." - Theresa Cramer, Editor- EContent Magazine

RSI Content Solutions' flagship product, RSuite CMS, is the leading publishing automation solution for publishers of any size to manage their full lifecycle of content.  RSuite is trusted by leading publishers worldwide including Audible (an Amazon company), Oxford University Press, LexisNexis, HarperCollins Publishers, Macmillan Science and Education and many more. 

“Our team is thrilled to have been named to the EContent 100 for the fourth year in a row,” stated Barry Bealer, CEO/Co-founder, RSI Content Solutions. “We strive to build and deploy cost effective publishing automation solutions that help our publishing clients realize their multi-channel publishing goals."

To learn more about RSI Content Solutions and RSuite CMS, please visit www.rsuitecms.com.

About RSI Content Solutions

Since 2000, RSI Content Solutions has helped companies automate their publishing process by implementing cost effective and scalable content management solutions.  With a global publishing client base, RSI Content Solutions flagship product, RSuite CMS, has helped STM publishers, education publishers, trade publishers, government organizations, and non-profits transform their publishing organizations to meet their multi-channel publishing goals.  For more information, please visit www.rsuitecms.com.

CEO of RSI to Present at NISO's October Virtual Conference

  
  
  

Barry Bealer to present 'Trends in Publishing Automation' at NISO ConferenceToday, October 21st, between 12:30 PM -1 PM EDT, Barry Bealer, President/CEO of RSI Content Solutions, will be taking a virtual stage at the NISO Two-Day Virtual Conference, sponsored by none other than RSuite client, SAGE Publications.

Barry's presentation, 'Trends in Publishing Automation' will be about publishers and how they have traditionally focused on the development of content along product lines. Barry will speak about how today, publishers are moving towards a product agnostic production focus that requires automation to meet time to market demands. He will then review the current trends in automation technology within a publishing organization.

For more information or to register, please visit NISO's event page.

World Bank Selects RSuite CMS to Automate Publishing Environment

  
  
  

The World Bank Selects RSuite CMSPhiladelphia, PA — October 7, 2014 — RSuite CMS, the leading multi-channel Content Management System for the publishing and media industry, has been selected by the World Bank. The World Bank’s publishing program consists of books, serial publications, technical papers, and multilingual content. They needed a secure central repository that could manage each aspect of their publishing process while also synchronizing metadata with third-party systems. A major goal is to update metadata once and synchronize it across systems automatically.

“As you can imagine, organizations such as the World Bank require significant security to operate their systems,” stated Michael Fishkow, Senior Project Manager at RSI Content Solutions. “Meeting the high-level security requirements with RSuite is a feather in our cap."

“After selecting RSuite in a competitive process, we look forward to the support it will provide as we move into a faster-paced and XML-early workflow,” stated Stacey Frank, Publishing Technology Officer, the World Bank. “The ability to manage production and delivery of our content components, with a tool that will be updated regularly, is a key part of our future plans."

About RSI Content Solutions

RSI Content Solutions accelerates publishers’ revenue and profit growth through better content management. Since 2000, RSI Content Solutions has provided publishers, media companies, and technical publishers with award-winning software solutions that transform their businesses to provide clients with the ability to delivery content in any format, to any channel, at any time. RSI Content Solutions products include RSuite CMS—a content management system for publishers and DocZone DITA—a SaaS XML component content management system for technical publishers. For more information, please visit www.rsuitecms.com.

About the World Bank Group

Since inception in 1944, the World Bank has expanded from a single institution to a closely associated group of five development institutions. The mission evolved from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) facilitating post-war reconstruction and development to the present-day mandate of worldwide poverty alleviation in close coordination with its affiliate, the International Development Association, and other members of the World Bank Group: the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). For more information, please visit www.worldbank.org.

RSuite CMS Success Stories | MarkLogic, Diane Burley

  
  
  

Diane Burley, Chief Content Strategist at MarkLogic explains how RSuite CMS has improved productivity and reuse by ease of search across their sales and marketing departments. MarkLogic also sees RSuite being used as a central repository, not only for sales and marketing, but expanding throughout the company. As RSuite is completely rolled out, they plan to see consistent new uses.

 

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Are You a Publisher or a Brand Manager?

  
  
  

Are you a publisher or a brand manager?Over the years we have worked with hundreds of publishers spanning many industry verticals.  Some publishers do everything in-house, some outsource pretty much everything. The question for me is what is the definition of a publisher these days?  Is it an organization that does everything from soup to nuts in the entire publishing process or is it a publisher that outsources as much as possible and only worries about brand management?  

According to Oxford English Dictionary (OED) published by our RSuite CMS client Oxford University Press, the definition of a publisher and brand manager are:

PublisherA person or company whose business is the preparation and issuing of printed or documentary material for distribution or sale, acting as the agent of an author or owner; a person or company that arranges the printing or manufacture of such items and their distribution to booksellers or the public

Brand Managerthe supervision of the promotion of a particular brand of goods

So, do these definitions define today’s environment?  Let’s look at two examples:

We do everything publisher

We have worked with some publishers who like to control everything about the publishing process right down to printing and binding their publications onsite.  These types of publishers are few and far between these days, but they do still exist.  I can certainly understand the desire to own the entire publishing process since I am sure the company is a traditional publisher, have employed many of the people for 20 plus years, and have honed the process to be very efficient.  The questions are, can outsourcing a specific piece of the publishing process drive better profits or maybe adding some key automation tools (i.e., RSuite CMS) help deliver more and higher quality content?  The “we do everything publisher” is generally a niche publisher (e.g., safety information) and has not had too many competitors in their space to drive change.  However, as with everything in publishing, the digital age requires publishing to deliver in multiple formats and print no longer can support the company growth.  Therefore the call to automate as much of the process to really drive multi-channel publishing will continue to grow and require change along the way.  What these types of publishers need to realize is that change is not a bad thing and frankly, change is inevitable.  Selective automation is better than no automation.

We outsource everything publisher

Several years ago I had a rather heated conversation with an executive at a global publisher.  I asked her what exactly they do in-house anymore since it seemed like all they wanted to do was to outsource the entire publishing process and enjoyed beating up their vendors to hit their quality standards and profit targets.  First, I’m sure the offshore vendor deserved some of the beating up.  Second, I’m sure some of blame was due to poor input from the publishers.  In other words, there was blame on both sides, but the fact was that this global publisher became nothing more than a brand manager in my opinion.  Other than the acquisition team, everything else was outsourced (mainly offshore).  Is this the face of publishing today?  I suppose that companies who are attempting to drive profitability as much as possible feel that outsourcing everything is the best alternative.  Long gone are the days when the art and craft of publishing required a solid team who were dedicated to the higher cause of publishing.  It’s about brand management and its about profits in this scenario.

We selectively outsource publisher

Now I am sure there are publishers that fall in between these two examples where they do a lot in-house and selectively outsource production processes.  If I had to guess, I think that is where most publishers fall today.  The question that still remains is which direction is the industry headed?  Will publishers become so highly outsourced in their production process that they only manage their brands or will they want to continue to control every step along the way?  My guess would be that most publishers are going to continue to move towards the brand manager model and outsource and automate as much as possible to drive profits because of the pressure of replacing print with digital revenue.  Unfortunately that is not a dollar for dollar replacement and publishers will be forced to do something in a very short period of time or begin a slow decline until they go out of business.

When publishers look to automate their publishing process, I hope they take some time to look at the amazing results our RSuite CMS publishing clients have achieved by implementing our software.  When we set out to build a better publishing automation tool, we never envisioned our clients enjoying a 50% reduction is production time, 30% increase in website traffic due to better metadata management, or 100% content processing automation.  These numbers are staggering but real and we are proud of how much we have helped our clients drive revenue and profitability within their organizations.

 

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RSuite CMS Success Stories | Human Kinetics, Steven Calderwood

  
  
  

Steven Calderwood, Director, Content Engineering and Digital Delivery at Human Kinetics explains how RSuite CMS allowed his organization to see immediate ROI by enabling in-house journal production. They've also gained a huge increase in quality control for their ebook process and can now meet ebook standards without involving third party vendors. 

 

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RSuite CMS Success Stories | The IET, Sara Sharman

  
  
  
Sara Sharman, Editorial and Production Manager at The Institution of Engineering and Technology (The IET) explains how RSuite CMS has allowed her organization to establish an e-first publishing workflow to publish individual articles before the entire issue is complete, manage ONIX metadata, and future plans to manage video content for their IET TV department.


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RSuite CMS Success Stories | HarperCollins, Mike McGinniss

  
  
  

In this video, Mike McGinniss, SVP of Digital Technology Services of HarperCollins Publishers, explains how RSuite is a new way of thinking for their company. HarperCollins is transforming their publishing processes across multiple business units and RSuite is playing a major role to meet the new vision.

 

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