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

Great Introduction

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    Comments about oreilly What is EPUB 3?:

    This helped me understand the major changes from EPUB 2 to EPUB3, which is exactly what I was looking for.

     
    5.0

    The book clarify clearly about EPUB3,perfect

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      Things that are great about it

       
      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

            By sys guy

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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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              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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                      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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