The Book Industry Study Group has just published a new article that cites the benefits of all their member organizations to adopt EPUB 3 in their publishing pipeline. Never heard of them before? Well they are a NON-PROFIT U.S. book trade association with the mission of creating a more informed, empowered and efficient book industry. They are committed to the development of effective industry-wide standards, best practices, research and events related to both physical and digital products that enhance relationships between all trading partners. Lots of major companies deal with them such as; Adobe, Apex Covantage, BookNet Canada, Bowker, Copyright Clearance Center, Google, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Ingram/VitalSource, International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), John Wiley & Sons, MBS Direct, Newgen, Penguin Group US, Safari Books Online, Simon & Schuster, Sourcebooks, Taylor & Francis, and Zondervan.
Andrew Savikas, BISG board member and CEO of Safari Books Online, said, “Safari Books Online strongly endorses EPUB as our preferred distribution and delivery format. We’re committed to extending that support to EPUB 3, particularly in new products and services that can showcase the enhanced design, multimedia, and interactivity capabilities of the EPUB 3 standard.”
EPUB 3 mainly is the new format of eBooks that gives publishers tremendous benefits for incorporating media into their products. You can easily sync audio and video, along with pictures and text. It gives comic book developers new options to be able to give you a better options then just exclusively clicking on ZOOM to augment the viewing experience.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.