Spell that format name! TelePoll coming on ePUB, ePub, EPub—whatever you want to call the IDPF e-book format
April 19, 2008 | 7:13 am
I like this unofficial ePUB logo from Travis Alber. Oh, how the IDPF‘s e-book format needs an official logo—so people will know that X software can display Y book in an authentic ePUB format, truly satisfying the organization’s requirements. May Aaron inspire the IDPF to get to work! But not everyone wants the capitalization handled the way his unofficial logo does.
Mike Cook, the guy behind the helpful new ePub Books blog—yes, he’s stepped forward and is a well-meaning grassroots type, not an evil, anonymous corporation flack doing stealth PR—suggested a poll. And, yes, I’ll run one in the next post to address this fun issue. Mike, also ex-editor of the Project Gutenberg newsletter and Webmaster of PG-News.org, says he prefers ePub, which is how Aaron seems to want it in nonlogo situations.
On Jon Noring‘s new 52-member EPub Community list, which I highly recommend people sign up for, a variety of opinions exist. I’m sticking to ePUB for logo purposes but recognize that ePub would look better in print.
“My two ‘favs’ are ‘EPub’ and ‘ePub,’” says Jon, who has “some difficulty with using ‘PUB’ since that implies an acronym, which is not implied.’” Joseph Harris, another list member, says ePUB reminds him of British pubs.
Why NOT a reminder of Brit pubs?
Regardless of all the alcohol in the glasses and fat in the chips, however, I like annotations-related capabilities of, er, ePUB—so why not? Annotation capabilities can lead to socializing (around core texts), in the best tradition of pubs. And of course PUB suggestions “publications.”
The IDPF hasn’t taken an official position on spelling and capitalization. To sum up, the possibilities as listed by Mike are ePub, Epub, EPub, EPUB and epub.
And some of the publishers and Web sites involved with the list: Feedbooks, BooksForABuck, Mushroom eBooks, WalkBroad Publishing and 12 to Midnight. I hope that other houses, including majors, will soon join them. Wait. I see that George Walkley, the digital strategy director of Little Brown in the U.K., is already aboard. Great!