January 20, 2022

Educational Publishing: Getting Started With EDUPUB, a New Guide From the BISG

Two items in the post below!

UPDATE July 31 EDUPUB Draft Profile Available for Public Review (via IDPF)

[EDUPUB is a] semantically-enhanced profile of EPUB 3 for e-textbooks and other learning content, is now available for a 30 day public review.

The call for review also includes specifications for:

Open Annotations in EPUB 1.0
EPUB Distributable Objects 1.0
EPUB Scriptable Components 1.0 and EPUB Packaging and Integration 1.0

Access to the full text guide mentioned below is free but does require registration.

From the Book Industry Study Group (BISG):

2015-07-30_14-51-18This new guide will help non-technical readers of all types better understand EDUPUB, the new profile of EPUB 3 just released by the IDPF [International Digital Publishing Forum] that is intended to enable advanced digital educational content to be reliably distributed, consumed, and interchanged across a wide variety of devices and platforms.

The guide will be invaluable to publishers who want to understand how EDUPUB can improve their publishing programs, creators and editors of educational content, production staff who create or manage outsourcing of advanced learning products and platforms, and ebook service providers looking to incorporate EDUPUB. Readers will gain an understanding of EDUPUB’s role in the educational ecosystem, the basics of the EDUPUB profile specification, paths to implementation, and why EDUPUB makes good business sense for organizations both up- and downstream.

From the Documents Web Site:

Today’s educational landscape provides a wealth of tools and technologies that are making the learning experience ever richer and the teaching experience ever more effective. Students increasingly have the choice of print or digital content that can be accessed online or offline using e-readers, smartphones, and tablets. That content can include videos of demonstrations, audio of interviews or oral histories, interactive tools like exercises, quizzes, and other resources that make the learning experience come alive. Teachers are no longer limited to a primarily print-based set of resources; they have the entire Web at their disposal—and they can get information about how each student is progressing, in order to tailor the learning experience for each individual.

This essential guide covers:

  • What is EDUPUB: an introduction to EDUPUB for beginners
  • Overview of the EDUPUB EPUB 3 Profile spec
  • Outline of who EDUPUB is intended for
  • Paths to implementation for publishers
  • EDUPUB’s importance to the educational publishing ecosystem
  • Resources for learning more

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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.