What’s Next for the ePUB Format?
With the recent unanimous vote to elevate by the IDPF membership elevate EPUB 3.0 to a final IDPF Recommended Specification, the ePUB 3.0 specificationis now final (or as final as it can get before HTML5 is final). This means that in the coming months we are going to see a transition by different platforms and eBook vendors to ePUB 3.0. As this change takes effect, our hope is to document everything you need to know.
Reading official specs can sometimes be daunting, so to help you get up to speed on ePUB3, O’Reilly Media is offering an eBook download of What Is ePUB 3?: An Introduction to the EPUB Specification for Multimedia Publishing. It is being offered FREE as of this writing, so make sure you follow the link and download the eBook today. And since ePUB3 is based on HTML5, you might as well download a free digital edition of HTML5 for Publishers while you’re at the O’Reilly site.
iBooks has already implemented some aspects of the ePUB3 spec for iPad, and it looks like Kobo will implement the full spec on at least one of their readers in three to six months according to CEO Michael Serbinis. With iPad and the launch of all the Android tablet/readers—Kobo’s Vox, Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet, Sony’s Tablet S, and yes, Amazon’s Kindle Fire (which may one day at least run an app that will read ePUB)—each of the major eBook retailers has a device that should have no trouble supporting ePUB3. The big question is how soon this support will be live on the devices and apps, and how long it will take publishers and their ePUB creators to produce ePUB3 files.
What are you doing to prepare for the transition to ePUB3? What additional resources do you need?