What types of e-book publishing formats are there?
Some of the most common e-book formats available are:
The ePUB standard is developed and maintained by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) and is endorsed by the Book Industry Study. The ePUB3 format is dynamic in nature and is supported by emerging technologies such as HTML5 and CSS3. Since it is an HTML5 format, text can be hyperlinked to refer to both internal sections of the book and external reference links for more information on the subject. ePUB3 also incorporates SEO capabilities enabling online readers to search content based on keywords.
This format is derived from a format called Mobipocket and is the format Amazon uses for its Kindle eBooks and readers.
Currently, all printed textbooks are converted into the PDF format as a first step in their digital journey. A little bit of adjustment to the image resolution to diminish the ﬁle size may be required. While PDF format is a cost-effective solution and compatible with almost all reading platforms, it fails to live up to the expectations of the digital generation, mainly because content remains static. Now the traditional PDF may be enriched with multimedia resources like sound and video, hyperlinks or navigation buttons but the experience is still not be interactive as it does include tracking, interactive and monitoring features. Also, the layout is not suitable for all small screens.