We were pleased to design and build a sophisticated new website for Craenen Bvba, a leading European distributor of travel maps and guides. The site has a standard set of public-facing company web pages, but at its core is a full web ordering system for their business customers.
The web ordering system allows book sellers to order stock online, upload orders that were created offline, and track the progress of previous orders. The site synchronises with existing corporate systems, keeping the website information up-to-date. A bespoke admin system allows the company to control user permissions and manage the fulfilment of orders.
This international site is currently available in three languages. We built it around a content management tool, allowing the client to quickly update their own page content.
Before building the site, we needed to carefully understand the needs of this specialist distribution business. Functional requirements were documented and agreed, followed by the design of a clean, modern user interface. For this project, it was agreed that the client would keep responsibility for writing page content.
Craenen were eager to unveil the site to their key customers, so that they could start benefitting from the online ordering system.
Amazon has finally released the publishing tools required to create KF8 format ebooks. KF8 is Amazon’s new ebook format which offers a wider rage of formatting options which will enable publishers of illustrated non-fiction and reference titles to create well designed ebooks. The KF8 format will be supported on all new Kindle devices including the Kindle Fire when it is launched in the UK.
The publishing tools Amazon has released are KindleGen V2, Kindle Previewer and an upgrade to the InDesign ebook export plugin.
KindleGen is a command line tool which enables publishers to work in an automated environment with a variety of source content including HTML, XHTML or EPUB. KindleGen converts this source content to a single file which supports both KF8 and Mobi formats enabling publishers to create great-looking books that work on all Kindle devices and apps.
Kindle Previewer is a graphical user interface tool that emulates how books display across Kindle devices and apps. Kindle Previewer makes it easy for publishers to preview the layout of a book and make sure its text displays properly for any orientation or font size to ensure publishers produce and submit the highest quality Kindle books.
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