eBook Specialist

Jan 13, 2014
Feb 12, 2014
Full Time
About our company
Random House, Inc. is the world's largest general trade book publisher. It is a division of Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA, one of the foremost media companies in the world. Currently, we have a career opportunity for a Digital Content Specialist for the Content Management Group in our New York City office.

Your tasks
The eBook Specialist will join three other technical specialists who support the eBook production teams. The responsibilities will include researching and solving technical eBook challenges, building tools and scripts to support the production teams, troubleshooting issues that arise and creating exciting new interactive HTML widgets for complex eBooks.

The candidate will be responsible for a deep understanding of all the technical characteristics that make up an ebook while also understanding, navigating and furthering the standards that guide eBook production. The candidate will be responsible for understanding the details of how our ebooks interact with various and constantly-changing platforms. The candidate will be responsible for scripting robust tools that support the larger eBook production teams. The candidate will also be responsible for learning and mastering a very broad array of existing tools and platforms in order to keep up to date with industry trends in order to produce the best products possible.

The eBook Specialist will be expected to work on time-sensitive production tasks to support ebook production managers on specific titles, as well as more generally on specific technical initiatives in the service of better production.

Our requirements
The ideal candidate is an independent worker with very strong attention to detail and a strong interest in ebooks. The candidate will have a self-driven curiosity to understand and investigate details thoroughly. They will have experience with scripting, web design, and asset production. Experience with HTML, XML and CSS development is necessary, and HTML5 and CSS3 are a plus. Familiarity with Javascript, Ruby on Rails, Perl, Python, Applescript as well as source code frameworks such as Git, is ideal. Experience with the following design applications required: PhotoShop, Acrobat Pro, Illustrator, InDesign. You must be comfortable working on Macs and PCs. Familiarity with the book production process is also ideal.

You must have demonstrated ability to work within a team atmosphere, and in a deadline driven environment with shifting priorities and heavy volume. Strong skills in organizing your production and documenting your code and research are essential. Prior related experience, a plus.

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