Ready to take your ebooks to the next level with EPUB 3? This concise guide includes best practices and advice to help you navigate the format’s wide range of technologies and functionality. EPUB 3 is set to turn electronic publishing on its head with rich multimedia reading experiences and scripted interactivity, but this specification can be daunting to learn. This book provides you with a solid foundation.
Written by people involved in the development of this specification, EPUB 3 Best Practices includes chapters that cover unique aspects of the EPUB publishing process, such as technology, content creation, and distribution.
Get a comprehensive survey of accessible production features
Learn new global language-support features, including right-to-left page progressions
Embed content with EPUB 3’s new multimedia elements
Make your content dynamic through scripting and interactive elements
Work with publication and distribution metadata
Create synchronized text and audio playback in reading systems
Matt Garrish lives and works in Toronto where he does what he can to help bridge the print divide that sadly still keeps much of the world's literature and information from being available to everyone. He's worked closely with CNIB and the DAISY Consortium in their efforts to make the world a more accessible place — including editing the Z39.86 Authoring and Interchange specification — and drew on his years of experience ripping the guts out of EPUBs to make braille when invited to work as the editor of the EPUB3 revision. He is the author of "What is EPUB3?."
Markus Gylling has worked in the field of information accessibility since the late nineties. As CTO of the DAISY Consortium, he has been engaged in the development of specifications, tools and educational efforts for inclusive publishing on a global scale. Markus is the chair of the EPUB 3 Working Group, and during 2011 he lead the development of the EPUB 3 specification. Since October 2011, he serves as CTO of the IDPF alongside his job with the DAISY Consortium. Markus lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.
After spending months muddling through the EPUB 3 specification on the IDPF's website, I sometimes felt as though as I was occupying a different universe from the intelligent folks who developed this spec. While they are well-educated technologists speculating on the future of eBooks and complicated standards, our shop is more concerned with actually just making the EPUB3 eBook work so we could get paid by our clients.
Luckily, the authors of EPUB 3 Best Practices were the architects of the IDPF specification and they are finally talking our language. This book goes into the basics of what is required for EPUB3 content documents per the HTML5 and EPUB3 standards. It is also demystifies how to implement the nav XHTML5 Table of Contents into your workflow. One thing that was particularly helpful was the section about the technical and legal issues font embedding fonts, which has caused a lot of confusion in the eBook development community over the past few years. In short, this a good resource for those of us without PHDs in Computer Science.
There are some more advanced topics such EPUB Canonical Fragment Identifiers and media overlays, which we probably won't be doing at our shop anytime soon, but it's nice to know that information on these topics is available.
I would not recommend this book to someone who is just starting out in eBook design and development, since it is not full of "Hello World"-type examples. Please check some of O'Reilly's other books on the subject, particularly HTML5 and CSS3. Rather, EPUB 3 Best Practices gets right down to business to what you need to do to modify your EPUB2 workflow to upgrade to EPUB3.
Thank you to O'Reilly and the authors for publishing this book. You have greatly helped our business. 5 stars!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend