The Book Industry Study Group and eBook Architects (a service of Firebrand Technologies) have joined together to launch a new training and certification program in e-book development. The program, eBook Ninjas, is designed to "provide a high level of professional development for e-book developers, managers, publishing executives, print book designers and production professionals involved in e-book creation," the parties' said.

"I am very excited that BISG has partnered with us to take e-book training to the next level," said Joshua Tallent, chief e-book architect at Firebrand Technologies and president of eBook Architects. "This training and certification program is designed from the ground up to encourage the creation of high-quality, well-formed e-book files and to prepare students for the real-world challenges and rapid changes that are common in digital publishing."

The courses, taught by industry professionals, will cover information on topics including basic and advanced design and development, fixed layout techniques, programming, and e-book sales and marketing.

"Firebrand in general, and Joshua Tallent in particular, are among the most respected names in the industry, and BISG is thrilled to be partnering with them," said Len Vlahos, executive director of BISG said. "eBook Ninjas helps BISG achieve its goal of bringing meaningful, quality content to companies and individuals operating in the vast publishing ecosystem."

The program, which will be offered via webcast, will start on May 6. Students can register for individual classes or for the full program. More details can be found here.