A blog devoted to the IDPF‘s .epub format has started up—this on top of word that Penguin U.K. will offer .epub books to consumers. The full name is ePub Books: Information & Resources on the IDPF ePub Standard.
I don’t know who’s behind the blog—any connections with the IDPF or companies belonging to the organization?—but it’s nice to see this new interest. Hey, Mr./Ms. ePub, let us know if you can. Catch up with me via e-mail if nothing else, so that perhaps we can team up on some matters. Meanwhile the TeleBlog will continue its .epub coverage and provide a forum for those with suggestions for standard setters. The best suggestions, sure enough, often begin as criticisms, and we don’t want punches pulled.
Needed: Creation and reader apps
Now, if we can get developers of creation tools and reader apps to start doing what they do best. For the moment, however, the open source FBReader, although not perfect, is just fine for enjoying .epub books from our friends at Feedbooks.
Also needed: An official logo from the IDPF with an “Intel Inside” approach for nonDRMed .epub files, so people will know that various .epub apps work with .epub books and vice versa. The current unofficial logo comes us courtesy of BookGlutton.
The basics: For those tuning in late, .epub is the book industry’s efforts to deal with the Tower of eBabel, so that for example, the same bestseller that displays on your Cybook will also work someday on your Sony Reader or Kindle or cell phone.