Te way in which digital publications arecreated and consumed has undergone adramatic shi with the introduction o theEPUB le ormat standard. Te EPUB leormat was developed and is maintained by the International Digital Publishing Forum(IDPF, www.idp.org), a nonprot standardsorganization composed o commercial tradeand academic publishers, soware companies,consumer electronics manuacturers, andpublishing and accessibility associations. Testandard was developed with the participationo over 60 companies and organizations andwas unanimously approved by IDPF members.
Te EPUB le ormat comprises threespecications: Open Container Format (OCF),Open Publication Structure (OPS), and OpenPackaging Format (OPF). OCF is simply azip-based standard used to encapsulate all o the pieces o a digital publication into a singlele. OPS describes the digital publication’smarkup or content (words on the page). AndOPF provides the navigation, packaging,metadata, and table o contents (how the pagesrelate to one another). Te extension thatdenotes this le ormat is .epub, just as .pd isthe le extension that denotes PDF documents.
Adobe Digital Editions, ADEPT, and EPUB
Adobe Digital Editions users can read theirdigital publications in either PDF or EPUBormat. Tey can also organize and read PDFand EPUB les on all o the mobile devicesthat Adobe Digital Editions supports. AdobeDigital Experience Protection echnology (ADEP) is a hosted application used by publishers, distributors, and retailers tocopy-protect PDF and EPUB les or saleor loan to consumers.
The advantages o EPUB and PDF
Adobe Digital Editions supports EPUB andPDF le ormats because o the advantagesthat both oer the content creator and thereader. PDF represents a xed-page view andgives the publisher complete control over pagelayout and presentation. Te reader consumescontent exactly as the publisher intended.EPUB allows digital publication text toreow according to screen size, enablingthe publisher to distribute and the readerto consume digital publications on a variety o screen sizes. Adobe Digital Editions andthe mobile devices that it supports can readboth PDF and EPUB digital publications.
Adobe and EPUB
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