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This post is going to jump into one of the most important file types in the digital publishing industry, the EPUB. I won’t go into specifics in this post, but EPUB will be a recurring theme throughout many of my blogs, so I thought it would be worthwhile to examine its origins and originators.

What is an EPUB?

An EPUB or electronic publication is officially defined by its creator and maintainer, the International Digital Publishing Forum, as “the distribution and interchange format standard for digital publications and documents based on Web Standards.” The current version, approved in October of 2011, is 3.0. (


In addition to the creation and maintaining of EPUB specifications, the IDPF additionally encourages all professionals in the digital publishing industry to communicate through two primary means. The first is through the annual conference, this year being called the “IDPF Digital…

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