As more authors and publishers create books specifically designed for digital consumption, enhanced eBooks will become increasingly more commonplace. Amwise expertise can help aid publishers to take full advantage of enhanced eBooks, which feature hidden searchable text; rich media features including audio, video, and interactivity; and internal and external linking.
Just as the earlier standards from the industry set the stage for widespread eBook adoption, ePub 3.0 will standardize the creation of rich multimedia and interactive experiences for eBooks. Amwise is already playing a leadership role in this emerging standard and we have begun to develop workflows and processes that will streamline the use of ePub 3.0 once it gains broader adoption. ePub 3.0 makes it easier to create high-quality eBooks and no matter which devices emerge as the winner in the marketplace, we will be ready to help publishers prepare their content to take full advantage of the new format.
EPUB (short for electronic publication; alternatively capitalized as ePub, ePUB, EPub, or epub, with EPUB preferred by the vendor) is a free and open e-book standard by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). Files have the extension .epub. EPUB is designed for reflowable content, meaning that an EPUB reader can optimize text for a particular display device. EPUB also supports fixed-layout content. The format is intended as a single format that publishers and conversion houses can use in-house, as well as for distribution and sale. It supersedes the Open eBook standard.
The Kobo eReader is an e-book reader produced by Toronto based company Kobo Inc.. The company's name is an anagram of 'book'. The original version was released in May 2010 (July in the US) and was marketed as a minimalist alternative to the more expensive e-book readers available at the time. As of March 2010, fifty eight percent of Kobo Inc. had been owned by Indigo Books & Music; the Japanese conglomerate Rakuten bought control of Kobo in January 2012. Like most e-book readers, the Kobo uses an electronic ink screen.. LCD Version was launched in 2011 and in 2012.
KF8 is Amazons new Kindle Format 8 used on the Kindle Fire. IT Solutions is now playing a major role in this emerging standard and we've begun to develop workflows and processes that will streamline the use of Amazons Kindle once it gains broader adoption.
New Kindle Format 8 features include:
HTML5 support - An ePub 3 feature. Drop caps - Can be done in ePub 2.1 using CSS CSS3 support - An ePub 3 feature. Kindle Text Pop Up Fixed layouts - but not the same as anyone else is using Kindle Panel View - a variation on Fixed layouts for images. Embedded fonts - An ePub feature. Fixed Layout
While many new books will undoubtedly be published in an enhanced format, many new and existing titles will continue to be converted into traditional fixed layouts. For these projects, Amwise experience in digitization and conversion enables us to deliver the highest quality at the lowest cost. We're well equipped to deliver on large-volume conversion projects that require quick turnaround times.
MOBI is the format used by the MobiPocket Reader. It may have a .mobi extension or it may have a .prc extension. The extension can be changed by the user to either of the accepted forms. In either case it may be DRM protected or non-DRM. The .prc extension is used because the PalmOS doesn't support any file extensions except .prc or .pdb. Note that Mobipocket prohibits their DRM format to be used on dedicated eBook readers that support other DRM formats.
MOBI format was originally an extension of the PalmDOC format by adding certain HTML like tags to the data. Many MOBI formatted documents still use this form. However there is also a high compression version of this file format that compresses data to a larger degree in a proprietary manner. There are some third party programs that can read the eBooks in the original MOBI format but there are only a few third party programs that can read the eBooks in the new compressed form. The higher compression mode is using a Huffman coding scheme that has been called the Huff/cdic algorithm. For a description in Python check huffcdic.py available as part of the Caliber project.
From time to time features have been added to the format so new files may have problems if you try to read them with a down level reader. Currently the source files follow the guidelines in the Open eBook format.