The EPUB (or Electronic Publication) is the free and open format standard in the ebook industry. This standard is maintained by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), a non-profit organization of the world's largest publishers and technology enterprises, of which Flipside is a member.
The EPUB format runs on most e-Readers and devices except the Amazon Kindle e-ink readers. Currently, there are two popular versions: EPUB 2.2 and EPUB 3.
EPUB 2.2 – The Standard EPUB
- Reflowable text
- In-book hyperlinks to external websites
- Text and images in full color
- No interactive or enhanced feature support
- Does not maintain original print edition layout
- Text and image colour: monochromatic on e-ink devices, coloured on backlit devices
- DRM-capable via Adobe Content Server
- iBooks' Fairplay DRM for Apple devices
Best for books like…
- Straight-text format trade books
- Publications without special formatting requirements
- Comic books, children's books, and other books with images are edited to fit format
- Most devices (iBooks on Apple iPad/iPhone/iPod/iTouch, Android's Aldiko, Barnes & Noble NOOK and NOOKcolor, Sony Readers, etc.) read standard EPUB, except for Amazon Kindle e-ink readers