The Machinery is operated by me, editor and web developer Larry Clark, because of my fascination with e-books and how they are made. It started when I converted the magazine I work for into ePub and Kindle formats in 2009. Shockingly, once I looked under the hood of the formats I found the task was made easier by my background in XML, SGML and DTD development in the 1990s.
Thanks to the variety of e-readers and reading software, and the tricky standards for ePub, I am pretty sure there is no lack of topics about the inner workings of e-books. Every conversion I make shows me what I don’t know and ideas about how I can aim for the holy grail of “build once, publish everywhere.”