January 21, 2022

New Report: “EPUB for Archival Preservation”

New from the KB/National Library of the Netherlands Departments of Collection and Collection Care.

Written by Johan van der Knijff.

From the Introduction:

Over the last few years, the EPUB format has become increasingly popular in the consumer market. A number of publishers have indicated their wish to use EPUB for supplying their electronic publications to the KB [National Library of the Netherlands]. In response to this, the KB’s Departments of Collection and Collection Care requested an initial study to investigate the suitability of the format for archival preservation.

The main questions were:

+ What are the main characteristics of EPUB?
+ What functionality does EPUB provide, and is this sufficient for representing e.g.
content with sophisticated layout and typography requirements?
+ How well is the format supported by software tools that are used in (pre‐)ingest workflows?
+ How suitable is the format for archival preservation? What are the main risks?

Direct to Full Text (via Open Planets Foundation)
38 pages; PDF

See Also: EPUB for archival preservation (Blog Post from Open Planets)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.