EPub 3 & KF8 Conversions
Contentra offers engaging and captivating end-to-end digital solutions and services.
Trust us to prepare mobile content with rich media features and interactivity for eReader devices, including the Apple iPad and iPhone, Amazon Kindle™, SONY® eBook Reader, Barnes & Noble NOOK, the Droid, and Mobipocket readers.
Our services include:
- Enhanced eBooks with rich media features such as audio, video, and interactivity
- eBooks creation and conversion—EPUB, KF8, and iBooks Author
- Digital Rights Management Solutions
- iPad and Smart Phone Apps
- Flash to HTML5 repurposing and production
- Digital Learning Media
Our clients include World Bank, Amazon, United Nations, and Penny Publications, among others. Call us today to get started.
Technology companies such as Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo have brought significant changes in the way content is organized, distributed, and consumed. We have seen publishers working quickly to maintain their leadership position and who now have dedicated teams working on their device/technology-based strategy. From an eBook development standpoint, Contentra has past demonstrable experience with preparing content in EPUB file format—both reflowable and fixed layout formats.
We have had many textbook and children's book publishers partner with us for digital solutions, primarily focusing on developing vanilla eBooks and enhanced eBooks with interactive elements. These include:
- 360-degree device and functionality testing
- Customized solutions
- Highly automated Contentra conversion engine
- Demonstrable experience
- Quick turnaround time
- Scalability and large-volume capabilities
Contentra Technologies is officially recognized by the CAST NIMAS Development and Technical Assistance Center as a NIMAS content conversion service provider. In addition to the many formats to which we convert files, Contentra actively offers NIMAS conversion services and workflows to major publishers throughout the world, including many in the US.
In 2002, the Department of Education authorized the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) to establish technical specifications for a voluntary National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS). NIMAS helps to increase the availability and quick delivery of print educational materials in accessible formats to blind or other persons with reading disabilities in the K–12 setting.
State and local educational agencies complying with NIMAS will require publishers to submit NIMAS file sets to the National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC) when contracting for the purchase of the instructional materials. The NIMAC serves as a national repository for NIMAS files. It is also a conduit through which NIMAS files are made available to authorized users so that these files may be converted into fully accessible textbooks and instructional materials for students with qualifying disabilities.
The NIMAS outlines a set of consistent and valid XML-based source files to be created by K–12 curriculum publishers or other content producers. We help publishers convert their materials to the NIMAS standard. Files can then be delivered via various types of media—CD-ROMs, DVDs, PDFs, application files, Web sites, etc.
The following are examples of such workflows:
- Convert Word/PDF book file to a NIMAS XML/NIMAS XHTML file
- Generate NIMAS-compliant XML files in book publishing workflow
- Create NIMAS-compliant Web sites
- Create NIMAS-compliant mobile XHTML files
Contentra assists publishers in converting their print/electronic media to NIMAS 1.1/DAISY/DTBook-compliant format using our proprietary workflows. Our services also include delivering the NIMAS file set to the NIMAC engine.
All NIMAS conversion projects are delivered in accordance with the highest quality standards and with adherence to strict delivery schedules. We convert more than 1 million pages annually.
Daisy & Braille
As a leading content conversion service provider, Contentra Technologies actively supports the DAISY vision to promote international standards and technologies. We enable equal access to information and knowledge by all people with reading disabilities, which also benefit the wider community. Contentra currently offers DAISY conversion services and workflows to major libraries, organizations, and publishers worldwide.
Complying with DAISY requires converting file sets to one or the other of the DAISY standards. DTBs produced are in and of themselves independent of the distribution medium, that is, the digital master file can be archived and may also be distributed on currently available media such as CDs or DVDs. As technology advances and digital media distribution methods evolve, these same books can be distributed via the newly developed media or system.
The DAISY Standard allows the producing agency full flexibility regarding the mix of text and audio, ranging from audio-only to full text and audio to text-only. A DAISY book can be defined as a set of digital files that includes:
1. Audio with NCX: DTB with structure. The NCX is the navigation control center, a file containing all points in the book to which the user may navigate. The XML textual content file, if present, contains the structure of the book and may contain links to features such as narrated footnotes, etc. Some DTBs of this type may also contain additional textual components, for example, index or glossary, supporting keyword searching.
2. Audio and full text: DTB with structure and complete text and audio. This form of a DTB is the most complete and provides the richest multimedia reading experience and the greatest level of access. The XML textual content file contains the structure and the full text of the book. The audio and the text are synchronized.
3. Text and no audio: DTB without audio. The XML textual content file contains the structure and full text of the book. There are no audio files. This type of DAISY DTB may, for example, be rendered with synthetic speech or with a refreshable Braille display.
Contentra assists publishers in converting their print/electronic media to DAISY/DTBook-compliant format using our proprietary workflows.
The following are examples of such workflows:
- Convert Word/PDF book file to a DAISY XML/DAISY XHTML file
- Generate DAISY-compliant XML files in book publishing workflow
All DAISY conversion projects are delivered in accordance with the highest quality standards and with adherence to strict delivery schedules. We convert more than 2,500 titles/500,000 pages annually.
The DAISY reader player application launched at the 2011 CSUN Conference held in San Diego.
Contentra Technologies, in collaboration with xml-tekst, developed "ida-reader" for the dyslexic and visually impaired community. This product was launched at the 26th Annual CSUN Conference 2011 in San Diego.
The ida-reader is a user-friendly software product that has the ability to read aloud text content from a variety of file formats such as DAISY 2.0/2.02, DAISY 3.0, HTML, RTF, XML, or the original book pages. The ida-reader reads full text with TTS and also recorded audio.
Please visit www.idareader.com to learn more about this product and its unique features.
Contentra Technologies converts hardcopy PDFs to fully searchable XML, and also provides digital conversion from native formats such as Microsoft Word and Excel. We offer cost-effective solutions for repurposing your content and maximizing its e-publishing potential.
Our business managers can create a customized service package that addresses all your content conversion or prepress requirements.
Contentra Technologies converts content to create electronic documents for Web publishing and in preparation for future technology. We have worked on numerous digitization projects and have devised unique platforms based on both the source material and the required digital output. At Contentra, we are redefining conversion strategy, using the latest technology to transform legacy documents.
We convert from paper, PDF, word documents, typesetters, and any document format into XML, SGML, HTML, and other structured formats. Our project teams work collaboratively with publishers, libraries, and professional media companies to help them to move efficiently from traditional environments to digital, file-based workflows, thus reducing their production and operational costs while maintaining their operating margins.