Charter for EPUB Standards
EPUB is a revolutionary way to produce and re-package web content such as HTML, CSS, SVG images, and other resources for distribution in a single-file format. It allows publishers to produce and send a single digital publication file. This offers consumers options and flexibility between software and hardware for easily downloadable digital books and other publications.
The community and news site for all things EPUB can be found here. The site offers news, information, events, and more for EPUB developers, readers, and publishers. It is a great resource for anyone interested in the EPUB format and development.
EPUB 2 was standardized in 2007 as a successor format to the Open eBook Publication Structure or “OEB”,originally developed in 1999. A maintenance release in 2010, EPUB 2.0.1, was the final release in the EPUB 2 branch.In October, 2011, EPUB 3 took over EPUB 2 when EPUB 3.0 was approved as a final Recommended Specification. The current version of EPUB is now 3.0.1, and was approved as the final maintenance release.
The International Digital Publishing Forum, or IDPF conducts its standards and trade activities through the operation of Working Groups and Special Interest Groups. All of these groups meet face to face with the IDPF throughout the year via regular teleconference calls, and email lists that the IDPF provides. Becoming a member offers a number of different benefits. Some of these include access to these meetings, teleconference calls and email lists previously mentioned, and are all free with membership.
For the latest on IDPF EPUB specifications development, please visit the EPUB 3 Development Forum. There you can find a number of useful conversations and resources for EPUB users. From building a navigation document, to EPUB editing and formatting, all of your questions can be answered by qualified developers. All work products are publicly available, registration and posting is open to members and Invited Experts.