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EPUB (industry-standard eBook format)

Posted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 11:17 pm
by andrewjorgensen
EPUB is the open, industry-standard format for eBooks.

EPUB is supported on all of Sony's Reader devices (including the older PRS-500 if you send it in for a firmware upgrade), the Barnes&Noble Nook, and almost all of the other available eBook readers. There are good epub readers for MacOS and iPhone (Stanza), Android (Aldiko), Windows (Adobe Digital Editions), and Linux (FBReader, Calibre). The only notable exception is Amazon's Kindle which supported the .mobi format already available. It's also possible that industry pressure could eventually force Amazon to support the format as well. Sony is moving their eBook Store entirely to epub next month.

EPUB is backed by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF, the standards organization for the digital publishing industry). At it's core it's based on XHTML and CSS. It supports complex layouts, images, re-flowing (for different sized devices) and generally most of what HTML supports. It also supports font embedding, DRM (Adobe, but DRM would greatly limit which devices could be supported), and a real table of contents structure with parts, chapters, sections etc..

Supporting EPUB, even for something as complex as the scriptures, should be fairly easy since it's based on XHTML. An XSLT could be written to do most of the heavy-lifting from the XML or HTML used internally by the church.

Also according to this post: tomw owns a PRS-500. :)

Posted: Fri Apr 09, 2010 1:01 pm
by Wegg-p40
I would very much like the church to support the EPUB format.

Some LDS Scriptures Available Privately Until Church Completes EPUB Versions

Posted: Thu May 06, 2010 2:33 pm
by ggoehring
I have created EPUB versions for the Old and New Testament, the Pearl of Great Price and The Book of Mormon. These versions include navigation links by Book, by Chapter. I am happy to share these as they were part of a personal endeavor to have them for my Sony PRS 500 Reader to make use of my commute time on public transportation in the DC area. You can access them at:

Posted: Fri May 07, 2010 7:59 am
by silid
I would be a big fan of this. As I have advocated elsewhere we should support established open standards first and build custom apps second.

Posted: Fri May 07, 2010 8:06 am
by McDanielCA
Wegg, this is coming very quickly :)

Posted: Wed May 12, 2010 12:42 pm
by McDanielCA
The Book of Mormon and Holy Bible are now available in ePub format.

Sony Reader and EPUB Scriptures

Posted: Sun Jul 04, 2010 3:33 pm
by ggoehring