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What is ESSA?

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a US law passed in December 2015 that governs the United States K–12 public education policy. The law replaced its predecessor, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), and modified but did not eliminate provisions relating to the periodic standardized tests given to students. Like the No Child Left Behind Act, ESSA is a reauthorization of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which established the federal government's expanded role in public education.

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Does my book need fixed format layout?

Manuscripts with complex formatting needs are the best candidates for fixed-layout eBooks. Fixed-layout eBooks look the same on all electronic reading devices.

We most frequently get requests for —

  • Children's books
  • Graphic novels and comics
  • Academic publications, K-12 textbooks and learning materials
  • Books with complex table-based or mathematical content
  • Cook Books / Recipe Books
  • Scientific, technical, and medical textbooks
  • Restaurant guides
  • Coffee Table books
  • Travel guides
  • Company reports and annual reviews

education

What is EDUPub?

Digital content in education has the potential to significantly improve learning outcomes, as it can better support accessibility, adapt to individual learning modes, increase engagement and experiential learning through interactivity, provide immediate assessments and analytics, and increase social connectivity.

To this end, the EPUB for Education profile defined in this specification represents the effort to adapt the functionality of the EPUB® 3 format to the unique structural, semantic and behavioral requirements of educational publishing.

The profile builds on the EPUB 3 specification in the following ways:

  • It adds semantics for common educational publishing components and structures.
  • It defines how to include content that may be created external to the narrative text workflow, such as interactives and assessment (e.g., QTI).
  • It includes accessibility features to enable compliance with educational standards.
  • It enables the identification of discrete content entities.
  • It allows the embedding of shared educational scriptable components.It adds support for annotations.
  • It defines guidelines for the production and inclusion of images.

Source: http://www.idpf.org/epub/profiles/edu/spec/

multilingual

How does your translation service work?

We don't have an in-house translator for every language. But, we are connected to a network of professionals who we reach out to on a project-to-project basis. When a translation task comes to us we sign a contract with an accredited translator for an individual project. Upon completion of a translation we hire a third-party to audit the work. Once the audit is complete we fix any errors and send your the translated book for review.

Please note that this service is only available to individual authors at this moment and is subject to translator accessibility.

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What languages do you support?

We actively support the following 30+ languages across all platforms. For other languages please get in touch with us - we've worked with around 90 languages in all.
 

  • Arabic
  • Chinese Simplified
  • Chinese Traditional
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Filipino
  • Finnish
  • French
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Hebrew
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Igbo
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Kannada
  • Malay
  • Malayalam
  • Marathi
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Slovenian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Turkish
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Yoruba

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Which format is right for me? Fixed Format vs Reflowable Format.

Reflowable Format

Benefits:

  • Widest distribution opportunities – accepted by and works on almost all platforms and devices.
  • The reader has control over how the book will look. A reader can control aspects of the book such as font-size, page layout, etc.
  • Cheaper to produce, distribute and update.
  • Smaller file sizes.

Limitations:

  • Only simple page layout is allowed. Absolutely positioned content and complex layouts are not allowed.
  • No control over elements of the book. A reader controls the text size, font, line spacing and margins. The visible content on each page on an electronic reader will differe from reader to reader.
  • Narrow selection of fonts.

Fixed Format

Benefits:

  • Total control over the look-and-feel of an eBook. Access to multi-column content, text over images, coloured backgrounds,  full bleed images, double page spreads and more.
  • Broad selection of fonts. A book can have it's own fonts through font embedding.

Limitations:

  • Limited distribution opportunities.
  • A fixed format eBook should adhere to certain norms to be accepted. (For example. Amazon has recently started delisting fixed-layout titles in KF8 format if the text is too small when viewed on a Kindle Fire device).
  • Readability problems with small content.
  • eBooks are suitable for each and every devices or app.
  • Larger file size.
  • Expensive to produce, distribute and update.

about

How many people do you employ?

DMI has a small, close-knit and formidable team with expertise in the domains of technology, teaching, marketing, finance, management and core banking. Our passion for quality, aesthetics and social transformation informs what we do every day, whether it's building innovative technology tools, connecting with communities, or dreaming up new things.

A small and simple team of 5 engineers has consistently out-performed million-dollar software companies and won clients - from Fortune 500 publishing companies to celebrity authors - on the strength of their excellence, expertise and care to detail.

self-publishing

What is self publishing?

Self-publishing is the publication of any book or other media by its author without the involvement of an established publisher. The author is in control of the entire process including, for a book, the design of the cover and interior, formats, price, distribution, marketing, and public relations. The authors can do it all themselves or may outsource some or all the work to companies which offer these services.

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What is NIMAC?

The NIMAC is a central repository that contains NIMAS filesets. It will have an automated system for allowing publishers to deposit NIMAS files within the repository. The NIMAS files will be checked to confirm that they are valid NIMAS format, and the files will be cataloged into a web-accessible database. Those who have been authorized for access will have user identifications and passwords. These authorized users will be able to search the NIMAC database and download directly the files they need to convert to accessible instructional materials for students in elementary and secondary schools who have qualifying disabilities.

The NIMAC receives and catalogues publishers' electronic files of print instructional materials in the NIMAS format. The NIMAC serves as a national repository for NIMAS files and as a conduit through which the files will be made available to authorized users to convert the files into fully accessible textbooks for students.

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What is NIMAS?

The National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) is a technical standard that curriculum publishers began using in 2006. NIMAS is designed to make it easier and faster to obtain accessible instructional materials. Publishers will send NIMAS files to the National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC), when requested to do so through a purchasing contract with a school district. The NIMAS files can then be used to produce alternate formats, including braille, large print, digital text, and audio books, for students with disabilities.

The NIMAS Center maintains and updates the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS), which guides the production of alternate versions of textbooks and related instructional materials.

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What is Adobe Content Server?

Adobe Content Server manages and secures EPUB and PDF eBooks using Adobe DRM. It, in essence,

  • Digitally protect PDF and EPUB eBooks
  • Integrates with existing libraries and educational solutions
  • Works with all desktop and mobile devices


eBooks distributed through us are protected by Adobe DRM.