Quark has released Digital Publishing 2.0, as part of QuarkXPress 8, which promises to allow publishers to focus on creating content for the Web generation of digital devices.

Marked by a significant move from simple, black-and-white electronic books, Digital Publishing 2.0 builds on the proliferation of more powerful devices with large colour displays, such as smartphones, to deliver design-rich and interactive content to consumers.

According to Quark, Digital Publishing 2.0 offers publishers efficient and cost-effective ways to:
- Create design-rich, interactive content – for any platform
- Automate publishing – to any media (print, Web, digital)
- Engage customers – on any device
- Let publishers focus on content – not technology

Quark is rolling out digital publishing capabilities and partnerships throughout 2010. More information can be found at http://dynamicpublishing.quark.com/.

Quark also announced the company had teamed with K-NFB Reading Technology and Baker & Taylor to ensure Digital Publishing 2.0 delivers useful content for publishers. The partnership brings together experts in digital content creation, digital content distribution and the digital e-reading experience to offer content creators and providers a simple, cost-effective digital publishing solution, insists Quark.

"Digital Publishing 2.0 is defined by design-rich, interactive content that can be delivered to the mass market through all leading digital devices," said Ray Schiavone, President and CEO of Quark.

"We are excited to work with K-NFB Reading Technology and Baker & Taylor to combine our expertise to help publishers and other content creators capitalise on this emerging market. Together we make it affordable and efficient to create compelling digital content that is ready for the Blio e-reader application and available through a world-class distribution network to deliver the ultimate consumer experience."

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Quark will help both enterprises and individual creative professionals export designs to a variety of digital devices using QuarkXPress 8 and Digital Publishing 2.0.

QuarkXPress 8 system requirements are Mac OS X 10.4.6 (Tiger), Mac OS X 10.5.x (Leopard), Mac OS X 10.6.2 (Snow Leopard) or later, Intel or PowerPC based Mac, and Microsoft Windows XP (service pack 2 or 3) or Windows Vista 1.0, Windows 7 (32 and 64 Bit).

QuarkXPress 8 currently costs £779.00 plus VAT for the electronic download or £790.99 plus VAT for the CD-ROM Disc from the Quark store. A 60-day free trial is also available. Upgrades cost £279 plus VAT.

QuarkXPress 8.1 has been nominated for Creative Design Software Of The Year as part of the Macworld Awards 2010, which this year will be held on Thursday 24 June at The Northumberland, a beautiful new venue in Trafalgar Square, right in the heart of London.

Earlier this year, Quark announced a new promotional campaign, which promises £450+ worth of exclusive QuarkXPress 8 Flash resources, encompassing video training, downloadable Flash resources, customer showcases and more.