Digital publishing, or electronic publishing, is the process by which text and images are sent to electronic media. The growth of digital publishing has been powered by shrinking costs and greater online access. Basically, it is cheaper than ever before to publish professional work, and to make it available to a wide range of audiences, thus opening new income streams. (read more)
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EPUB is a free and open e-book standard from the International Digital Publishing Forum. Books that use this format can be read on a wide variety of devices. The latest version of EPUB is version 3 (EPUB 3), which offers an even greater potential for published work. EPUB 3 documents can include rich media and interactivity, a wider choice of languages, and improved metadata, where publishers and authors can attach pertinent information relating to the origin of the content. Version 3 also supports CSS3, an additional markup language which caters for typography in different languages and characters. It is important to bear in mind, however, that EPUB 3-ready devices and software are only recently starting to appear. You may therefore wish to offer your publication in an older version of EPUB for a broad audience, and offer a special EPUB 3 variant for those devices that can take advantage of the new developments.
International Digital Publishing Forum – EPUB 3 specifications
There are many software tools which enable the production of EPUB files from source documents in various formats, including Microsoft Word, OpenOffice and HTML (the Web's markup language). EPUB is itself a markup language, in that the content of an EPUB file is ‘marked up’ with formats and other information. This also makes it quite easy to learn, should you be interested in knowing how to make EPUB files from scratch, or how to refine existing files. (read more)
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