eBooks have become a part of our daily routine. It is projected that by the end of 2018, consumer eBooks will generate nearly 20 billion US dollars revenue. It is this success that is driving publishers to consider possible solutions to improve the reading experience.
The younger generation prefers reading books on their mobile devices, like tablets, mobile phones, and laptops. Hence, publishers need a solution that can offer reflowable content to their readers.
This is where ePUB3 comes in with some tangible benefits listed below:
Reflowable – EPUB (Electronic Publication) is a format of eBook that offers some amazing features and reflowable content is one of them. Since readers are accessing content on multiple devices with different screen sizes, reflowable content can enhance the reading experience.
An eBook in ePUB3 format will adjust the content as per the screen size. This means readers don’t have to move the screen from one corner to another while reading an eBook.
Interactivity – Before eBooks, PDFs were working fine with the readers. The audience was able to read the book on their devices, but there were restrictions. Foremost, they weren’t reflowable, restricting the reading experience. Second, publishers were not able to add interactivities to it. However, things changed with ePUB3.
ePUB3 allows publishers to add various interactivities, like audio, video, presentations and even third-party links. By adding these, publishers can now keep their audience engaged with their eBooks.
Global Standards – Technologies have their own restrictions. Formats before ePUB3 were not global-language friendly. This means they were restricted to only a few regions. However, ePUB3 broke that barrier and is now global-language friendly.
This implies with ePUB3 publishers have right-to-left and improved annotation that breaks the geographical barrier. This can be used by anyone and from anywhere.
Read-aloud Feature – With ePUB3, a lot of things changed, one of which was the read-aloud feature. This feature has made it easy for publishers to reach a wider audience, hassle-free. The format supports various input formats, such as XML, HTML, PDF, and others.
There is also an option of a ‘Narrator’. This supports 32 languages and further allows the creation of audiobooks that sounds natural.
Accessibility – It’s important for eBooks to be WCAG compliant. As publishers, it’s the responsibility to make the content accessible to the audience of various kinds. WCAG ensures that the content is available for people with learning disability, literacy challenges, visual impairment, and other reading-related problems.
ePUB3 addresses these issues and provides an enhanced solution. The format offers better semantics, media overlays, pronunciation hints, and text-to-speech playback. This makes eBook accessible to the audience from various walks of life.
ePUB3 is the latest format that has elevated the popularity of eBooks amongst the younger generation. Publishers prefer this format because of the mentioned features. User-friendly content is the key to success, and ePUB3 makes it possible.
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