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EPUB or ePub, whichever way you capitalize it, is an open standard ebook format for publishing.

It is possible to lock it down with DRM (ugh!).

Still, the more companies that embrace common standards, the better.

Among those who have embraced ePub is Apple.

It is, therefore, disturbing to read that the new Apple iBooks 2.0 will attach proprietary elements to the ePub format. According to an article by Ed Bott:

Apple is deliberately sabotaging this format. The new iBooks 2.0 format adds CSS extensions that are not documented as part of the W3C standard. It uses a closed, proprietary Apple XML namespace. The experts I’ve consulted think it deliberately breaks the open standard.

Stephen J. Vaughn-Nichols also weighs in on the topic in his recent article.

Apple’s author end-user license agreement (EULA) seems to forbid you to sell any formatted book created with iBook Author except through Apple. In other words, Apple iBooks are a closed shop for publishers and author as well as for would-be users.

What’s your take on the issue?

  • Wait and see
  • I love Apple and its products (can do no wrong)
  • Who cares, I use a Kindle (which has a different file format)
  • I’m stuck. My school just bought umpty million iPads
  • iPad, you’re gone. I’m buying a Nook (ePub format)
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