An EPUB 3 Sample

UPDATE 24th October 2011: It was brought to MPS’ attention that two of the examples shown in the EPUB 3 video were taken from a blog run by Elizabeth Castro.  Ms Castro is the author of EPUB: Straight to the Point and other EPUB books and runs a popular blog in which she writes about her EPUB development work.  More details can be found at her website here: http://www.elizabethcastro.com/epub.  Due to a management oversight, these files were incorporated into the video and Ms Castro was not asked nor informed.  MPS deeply regrets this oversight and the upset it has caused to Ms Castro.

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UPDATE 2nd September 2011: We’ve taken the video down for now – as people noticed there were some audio issues and being a first cut the quality wasn’t great (we weren’t expecting it to become so popular…).   We’ll be releasing a more polished version which better demonstrates EPUB 3 capabilities soon. Subscribe to the blog or check back here for more updates.

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While most people were enjoying a well-deserved break, our EPUB 3 team has been busy working on a sample for the iPad.  The first cut is below.  We’ve tried to show almost all of the EPUB 3 features currently supported by the iPad which can be seen (remember a lot of EPUB 3’s magic happens at the backend) including:

  • Multimedia: audio and video; animations; slide shows
  • Complex and fixed layouts: print-replica layouts, structured and hyperlinked indexes, embedded fonts, support for high-design content like textbooks
  • Non-Roman scripts: font support, vertical layouts, right-to-left text and page progression
  • Accessibility and early learning: support for accessibility standards, read aloud for children

Watch the video here

We’d love to get your feedback on the sample and hear your thoughts on EPUB 3 in general – does it meet your expectations, which features will be the most useful, what are your plans for EPUB 3.  Post a comment below or join the conversation on the EPUB 3 and HTML5 LinkedIn group here

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9 Responses to An EPUB 3 Sample

  1. […] I did find a few demo ebooks, and today I thought I had managed to scare up another demo for you. No, sorry. This video was made by MPS, a tech company owned by Macmillan. Unfortunately, […]

  2. David says:

    Impressive demo. Would you consider releasing the actual epub file so that others can try it out? Thanks!

  3. […] The MPS blog has more: “We’d love to get your feedback on the sample and hear your thoughts on EPUB 3 in general – does it meet your expectations, which features will be the most useful, what are your plans for EPUB 3. Post a comment below or join the conversation on the EPUB 3 and HTML5 LinkedIn group here.” […]

  4. Eric Freese says:

    Please clarify whether this is a fully-compliant EPUB 3 file being demonstrated or if it is a demonstration of EPUB 3 capabilities now available within iBooks, which is still currently an EPUB 2.0.1 reading system. At this point in time, the EPUB 3 spec is still not finalized and Apple has not announced EPUB 3 support within iBooks. Also the working group is still reviewing fixed layout books and there is nothing about that in the spec. This is an iBooks only implementation. If these are truly fully compliant EPUB 3 files, would you be willing to share them with the working group for testing purposes?

  5. This video has been removed by the user.

  6. arvinder says:

    I am working in ePUB2 and now started on ePUB3 also. Wanted to look at the demo but it is removed.

    Can you Pls. reload it.

  7. parklane3 says:

    the video on YouTube has been taken down – will it be reinstated?

  8. Stella Dauer says:

    The video went out of YouTube. I wanna watch it!

  9. […] Epub 3 (like HTML 5) you can add “media”, sound, video http://mpsltd.wordpress.com/2011/08/30/an-epub-3-sample/ but on older e-readers these media won’t show up, and since epub is about “all” […]

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