What is EPUB 3?
An Introduction to the EPUB Specification for Multimedia Publishing
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: September 2011
Pages: 24

This book discusses the exciting new format that is set to unleash a content revolution in the publishing world. Laden with features the printed page could never offer--such as embedded multimedia and scripted interactivity--EPUB 3 will forever change what a book can be. This article walks you through the format and puts it in its place in the digital landscape, explaining why EPUB 3 is set to become the new global standard for ebooks as it also becomes the new accessible standard for ebooks.

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    4.0

    Short Clear Overview

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      Comments about oreilly What is EPUB 3?:

      Starting from scratch, knowing nothing about EPUB specifications, this was an excellent intro. I learned enough to start correcting epubs created from extremely old HTML ebooks.

       
      4.0

      Great introduction to the parts of Epub3

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        Comments about oreilly What is EPUB 3?:

        I have some HTML background (old standards) and wanted to get started with Epub. This was a great introduction to the parts of Epub and help me identify what I needed to learn.

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              The document was beautifully structured, giving a general overview with just enough depth before diving in for more detail. As a description of an evolving technology, it paints a vivid picture of the potential in ePub3. Very useful.

               
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              Good introduction

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                Comments about oreilly What is EPUB 3?:

                Gives a good overview of EPUB3. Highlights all its parts and their interrelationships. Listing of relevant specification resources are provided for further reading.

                 
                4.0

                A Very Useful Book

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                  Comments about oreilly What is EPUB 3?:

                  A very useful and well structured manual wich helped me to use this new HTML Version.

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                      Comments about oreilly What is EPUB 3?:

                      This book does tell you what EPUB 3 is, but it does so in such a way that you feel crammed with other information, and you have to swallow opinions just to get what you're seeking. It's an uncomfortable experience, and it's not even a necessary one. The author is filled with a typical geeky enthusiasm for the New and the Now and spends ample time dismissing what people did prior to yesterday; strange for a book on ePub, he actually slags off on the concept of an ereader. I wonder if he really knows why people buy ebooks in the first place, and what would drive content developers to research the EPUB format. I suspect he does not, and so this reference, while free, and fairly informative, is needlessly preachy about what he thinks content should be, and what content developers should do. Hello? I just wanted to find out what EPUB3 did and how. I am not interested in your mindless perspective on how everything prior to 2011 was bad, bad, bad. Sheesh.

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                      5.0

                      The best available guide

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                        Comments about oreilly What is EPUB 3?:

                        There's nothing else online or elsewhere that comes close to the quality of the information in this book. The subject is inherently technical, but Matt Garrish does the best job I can imagine to simplify the topic without compromising accuracy. The book is a pretty quick and very enjoyable read: every publisher needs to understand EPUB 3.

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                        Comments about oreilly What is EPUB 3?:

                        As a publisher going to ebooks, this was a gift from heaven. Now if there were only a full version with complete book scripts for us neophytes. Thank you, O'Reilly Media: I learned how to design websites from your publications. Now I'm looking forward to more on ebooks.

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                        Excellent summary, very well written

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                          Comments about oreilly What is EPUB 3?:

                          I was expecting to need massive quantities of caffeine to get through yet another article on EPUB. Fortunately, none was necessary. This piece is incredibly well organized, insightful, and well written. As a book publisher, I can't recommend it highly enough. I don't know who the author Matt Garrish is, but the first thing I did after finishing this was to look for other articles written by him. What a relief--a tech person who can actually write.

                          "What Is EPUB 3?" should be required reading by anyone and everyone on your editorial staff. They will thank you.

                          What I'd love to see next from Matt Garrish is an entire article on formatting images and graphics for EPUB (B&W line art, photos, comic media, etc.). This seems to be a perpetual headache, given the diversity of display resolutions we need our images to be optimal on, from older smartphones to the upcoming retina iPad 3 and HD computer displays. What are the plusses and minuses of SVG in EPUB? How do we best future proof our EPUB graphics and images?

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