Category Archives: EPUB

EPUB3 fixed layout eBooks live for public libraries via OverDrive

OverDrive’s browser-based OverDrive Read™ allows seamless reading on any device with a modern web browser and now optimizes the reading experience on desktop and mobile devices for a variety of graphic children’s titles, comics, and other illustrated titles as beautifully as the author and publisher prepared for print. This EPUB3 fixed-layout breakthrough gives OverDrive partners unprecedented access to thousands of never-before-available eBooks, including highly-illustrated series of DK titles such as Ancient Rome and Star Wars Jedi Battles, as well as iconic and popular children’s titles like Corduroy and Armadilly Chili from publishers such as Penguin and Albert Whitman & Company. Continue reading

Library eBook updates from the ALA conference

I attended the American Library Association Conference in late June and was able to speak with a variety of ebook vendors about updates to interfaces, products, and services.  Below is a list of vendors with highlights for each.  I didn’t make it to every vendor, so if I have left someone off the list or you have information to add, please contact me. Continue reading

Princeton University Press partners with De Gruyter for distribution

I received news from De Gruyter about a new partnership with Princeton University Press.  The official announcement will be released tomorrow, but I was able to speak with Sven Fund, Managing Director, De Gruyter, for more information about this partnership.  The official press release is below.

Is this partnership with Princeton University Press exclusive?

This agreement is non-exclusive. Princeton UP will work with other distributors as well. We are confident that both our business models and our user friendly policy including price parity with print editions, unlimited simultaneous users and perpetual access are compelling to library customers. Continue reading

De Gruyter introduces ePub3 format for all titles

I’m very pleased to see this announcement about De Gruyter title availability in ePub3 format.  This is a great step forward and I hope other publishers will follow.  ePub3 formats are particularly good with dynamic adjustment of content for screen size, not to mention web accessibility.

Berlin, 28 May 2014 – De Gruyter is proud to announce that all of its frontlist titles are now available in the ePub3 format. Alongside the PDF format, ePub is one of the most widely used eBook standards, enabling the mobile viewing of content on tablets, smartphones, and eReaders.  Continue reading

AAP supports EPUB3, new initiative accelerates adoption

This is big news for EPUB3 adoption – accelerated across-the-board adoption.  I hope they are successful, this will be a great service for those with disabilities.  More from the AAP press release:

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 | Ed McCoyd, Andi Sporkin

The Association of American Publishers supports the establishment of EPUB 3 as the standard global distribution format for eBooks and has embarked on a new initiative designed to rapidly advance the format’s implementation in the marketplace.

The EPUB 3 Implementation Project is being developed in a partnership with retailers, digital content distributors, device makers, reading systems providers, assistive technology experts and standards organizations, with the support and engagement of leading advocates for people with disabilities. Continue reading

Readium Open Source Initiative Launched to Accelerate Adoption of EPUB 3

ACCESS, Adobe, Barnes & Noble, Copia, Google, Kobo/Rakuten, O’Reilly, Samsung, Sony, others support project to advance universal digital publishing format

New York, NY, February 13, 2012 -The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) today announced the Readium Project, a new open source initiative to develop a comprehensive reference implementation of the IDPF EPUB® 3 standard. This vision will be achieved by building on WebKit, the widely adopted open source HTML5 rendering engine. Continue reading

eBook updates and must reads from ALAMW Conference

I attended the American Library Association MidWinter Conference in Seattle, Washington January 26 -29th.  While there, I was able to speak with several eBook companies about new features and services.  Below you will find a list of companies (alpha order) and new features complete with links for more information.

I also want to bring your attention to a few must read reports.  First, the ALA Digital Content & Libraries Working Group publication, Ebook Business Models:  A Scorecard for Public Libraries.   Second, The Pew Internet Library Services in the Digital Age report. Finally, the Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report (4th Edition).  The latter reports provide excellent data to help understand user needs in our digital age. Continue reading

Creating Accessible E-books: Summary of NISO program

The following are my notes from the presentation – Born accessible: making e-books fully inclusive from day one – held during the NISO- The E-Book Renaissance Part II:  Challenges and Opportunities.  Best efforts were made to ensure accuracy.

Presenters:

  • Larry Goldberg, Director, Media Access Group Director at WGBH
  • Geoff Freed, Director of Technology Projects and Web Media Standards, The Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM)

An accessible ebook is not one that just reads the book.  It must contain structure, a clear and easy way to navigate the content if you cannot see the screen.  Software on the device must speak the screen for you. A screen reader only reads text.

An accessible ebook needs to read structure too like navigation tools (TOC, tables, lists), seek and find, investigate objects and read in a specific order.  It needs to allow the user to control the content as well Continue reading

Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 platform now offers EPUB and PDF formats for compatible ereaders

Great news from Baker and Taylor.  The blio platform is quite nice, but downloading to one’s personal device in EPUB or PDF is another great addition to the service.  From the press release:

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 8, 2012 – Baker & Taylor, the world’s largest distributor of digital and physical books and entertainment, today released an upgrade to its popular Axis 360 digital media platform. New options allow library patrons to check out ebooks on ereaders compatible with EPUB and PDF formats, such as NOOK, Sony Reader and Kobo devices.

With Axis 360, library patrons can now use virtually any of the top multi-function phones, tablets and ereader devices to find, check out and read digital titles from their local library. Patrons can select the ebook format that works best for them – EPUB or PDF formats, or Blio, the fully-accessible, free ereader app that offers rich features and content, and is available on Apple iOS, Android and Windows devices. Continue reading

New BISG Policy Statement Endorses EPUB 3

Board approved Policy Statement supports EPUB 3 as the preferred global standard for multimedia publishing

New York, NY (August 6, 2012) — The Book Industry Study Group (BISG), a leading U.S.-based trade association representing the entire book supply chain, announced today the publication of a new Policy Statement endorsing EPUB 3 as the accepted and preferred standard for representing, packaging, and encoding structured and semantically enhanced Web content — including XHTML, CSS, SVG, images, and other resources — for distribution in a single-file format. BISG member companies, and other industry stakeholders, can visit http://www.bisg.org/what-we-do-4-155-pol-1201-endorsement-of-epub-3.php to download a copy.

Reviewed and approved by BISG’s 36-member Board of Directors (see http://www.bisg.org/about/board.php for a complete list of Directors), BISG Policy Statement POL-1201: Endorsement of EPUB 3 addresses the critical need for the global book publishing industry to rally around a single standard for the creation of digital content in order to impede recent instances of fragmentation beginning to seep into the supply chain. Continue reading