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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5.0

The book clarify clearly about EPUB3,perfect

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    5.0

    Saves us from reading long & boring formal specifications

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      Comments about oreilly What is EPUB 3?:

      I've find the book very helpful in making me understand the the highlights of EPUB 3 standard very quickly.

       
      5.0

      Great overview of what it is

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        Comments about oreilly What is EPUB 3?:

        Read this as a primer before diving in to the code.

         
        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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            5.0

            Clear, concise and informative

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                  Comments about oreilly What is EPUB 3?:

                  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.

                   
                  4.0

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

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                      3.0

                      Preachy and Mindless

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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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