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Nick Bown

Nick Brown leads the product team for Vitalsource Bookshelf. Nick drives the strategic direction for Bookshelf and VitalSource's content tools, steering the platform towards a future filled with great, modern content for learners everywhere. You can often find Nick speaking at events on open standards, accessibility, interactive content, and more—usually illustrating the technical details with demos of innovative and cutting-edge books being used today by students in Bookshelf. Nick holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and Music from Dartmouth College and has been a member of the VitalSource team for seven years.

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Goodbye Dash, Hello EPUB!

Posted by Nick Bown on January 26, 2018

Outrider- Star Wars Recently, VitalSource retired our venerable, 18-year-old proprietary ebook format, known as Dash, DashML or VitalSource XML. As part of Dash’s retirement ceremony, we transitioned students using Dash books to EPUB versions, seamlessly maintaining all of their licenses, bookmarks, notes and highlights to make sure the big change, years in the making, was painless.

Engineering work on Dash began all the way back in 1997 with the (then quite risky!) decision to go with the new XML format for our product, rather than the “industry standard” at the time, SGML. Creating the format was what lead us to develop the flexible VitalBook format (for which we received a patent in the United States, Australia, Canada, The Peoples Republic of China, The European Union, Hong Kong, and India) in 2004. Dash survived for years – through the launch of our early apps VitalViewer and vitalsource KEY, and of course it was the first format built into our popular Bookshelf textbook apps still available today.

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What's New with VitalSource Bookshelf

Posted by Nick Bown on October 03, 2016

Here’s hoping everyone is having a great start to the 2016-17 school year!

At VitalSource we are committed to ensuring every student has the tools needed to be successful. As technology advances, we have to keep pace. That’s why we've rolled out a number of helpful new features for our Bookshelf platform this fall.

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