November 25, 2015

Publishing: Elsevier Moving New Ebooks to EPUB3

From Elsevier:

Elsevier will move its new eBooks to EPUB3, becoming the first major STM publisher to commit to the latest, most advanced eBook format available.


Elsevier’s adoption of EPUB3 is a very important milestone in the advancement of the next-generation portable document standard based on HTML5 and the Open Web Platform,” said Bill McCoy, Executive Director, International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). “The IDPF looks forward to working with Elsevier and the STM publishing ecosystem to ensure that EPUB continues to evolve to meet critical needs in communicating scientific and technical content with accessibility for all, on any device.””Even though the current eBook market faces some challenges to making EPUB3 work, Elsevier has moved forward with the upgrade from EPUB2 to EPUB3 to ensure that readers continue to receive the enriched customer experience they require and have come to expect, particularly as readers upgrade their electronic devices and demand more.”


Elsevier’s EPUB3 files render well on EPUB2 devices, which will “see” Elsevier’s EPUB3 eBooks as EPUB2 files.

Additional Details in the Complete News Release

See Also: EPUB News via the IPDF’s New EPUBZone Site

See Also: EPUBTest (From BISG, IPDF, DAISY)

See Also: IPDF Homepage

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