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Rich Media EPUB Demo

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Someone suggested that I post a demo of what I’m talking about in my last post.  So, we’ve quickly put together a  very, very crude demo of an actual ePub file with rich media.  This demo comes in the form of a fictitious book called “Cross Domain” with an “Ebook Xtras” section that lets you listen to audio, view video, look at book covers in a cover flow and link out to websites.

Ebook Xtras Page Meet the Writer Video

AudioBook Page Thumbnail More by the Author thumbnail

Download Rich Media ePub

1.  “Audio Book ” - this is a simple little audio player mockup and only the “play” button works (click it again to stop playback)

2. “Discuss on Forums” - this is simply a link out to a book discussion forum website

3. “Editorial Reviews”  - also just a website link right now

4. “Meet the Writer” - a video interview

5. “More by this Author” - a cover flow like list of EPUB files on

You’ll need Adobe Digital Editions to view the demo.

You can download the Rich Media Epub file here.

Enjoy! - Micah

MTV style book promotion sites

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

NY times has an interesting essay on promotional websites for books.  I’ve been so focused recently on rich media INSIDE ebooks, this reminds me to keep an eye on the bigger picture.

Text Layout Framework gets moody

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Thibault Imbert has posted source code of “SmileyRenderer” a class for inserting emoticons into Flash Player 10 Text Layout Framework text flows over at  Oh happy Day!  ;-)

Digital Editions resonates with old world

Monday, January 26th, 2009

The folks over at Ebook Rumors wrote up a complimentary review of the Digital Editions “feel”.  How nice to hear good stuff this winter.  Reminds me to do that for others more often.

Silverlight Feedbooks RSS Browser - Part 2

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Creating a Thumbnail Grid


In Part 1 of this tutorial we stepped through the process of fetching and parsing an RSS feed from the results of which were bound to a DataGrid UI Control.

In this post we will detail how we can use the new WrapPanel and ViewBox controls, which are a part of the  Silverlight Toolkit December 2008 release to create grid of thumbnails from a Feedbooks RSS source.

Download Source

Feedbooks RSS Browser Application

See it in Action


Silverlight Feedbooks RSS Browser - Part 1

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Tutorial - Creating a Simple Silverlight RSS Reader


This is the first post of a multipart blog tutorial explaining how to create a simple Silverlight 2.0 Web Application that displays a grid of thumbnails from a Feedbooks RSS source.  Under each thumbnail is a button that allows users to download an ePub version of the book to their desktop.

Download Source See also: Tutorial Part 2

Feedbooks RSS Browser

See it in Action

In this first part we are going to step through the process of fetching and parsing an RSS feed with Silverlight and then bind the RSS data to a Silverlight DataGrid control.