EPUB 3 Is Here

The EPUB format is an open standard for ebooks. The third revision has just been voted in.

Based on HTML5, EPUB 3 adds support for rich media (audio, video), interactivity (JavaScript), global language support (including vertical writing), styling and layout enhancements, SVG, embedded fonts, expanded metadata facilities, MathML, and synchronization of audio with text and other enhancements for accessibility.

Stakeholders that have expressed interest in EPUB 3 include Adobe, Google, Ingram, Kobo, OverDrive, Random House, and Sony. Others are listed in this article.

So, we may be seeing ebooks that include more functionality than just text or reading the text. This could change the definition of “book.”

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