New from the KB/National Library of the Netherlands Departments of Collection and Collection Care.

Written by Johan van der Knijff.

From the Introduction:

Over the last few years, the EPUB format has become increasingly popular in the consumer market. A number of publishers have indicated their wish to use EPUB for supplying their electronic publications to the KB [National Library of the Netherlands]. In response to this, the KB’s Departments of Collection and Collection Care requested an initial study to investigate the suitability of the format for archival preservation.

The main questions were:

+ What are the main characteristics of EPUB?
+ What functionality does EPUB provide, and is this sufficient for representing e.g.
content with sophisticated layout and typography requirements?
+ How well is the format supported by software tools that are used in (pre‐)ingest workflows?
+ How suitable is the format for archival preservation? What are the main risks?

Direct to Full Text (via Open Planets Foundation)
38 pages; PDF

See Also: EPUB for archival preservation (Blog Post from Open Planets)

(Via LJ INFOdocket.)


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