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.
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.
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