Why you need to know about the latest ebook format
A new ebook format has been introduced by Apple that has all the benefits of a traditional paperback and Kindle, but at a fraction of the price.
The new ebook standard called ePub is available for a limited time only to Apple users and AppleCare members, and will be available in a number of different formats including:Kindle eBooks, PDFs, and even a new kind of ebook called Kindle eBooks.
The ebook format was introduced as a “more flexible and adaptable” alternative to traditional paperback publishing that uses Adobe Acrobat and HTML5, a new ebook publishing system.
“With Adobe Acro, Apple has a very powerful, open source technology that allows them to do some really interesting things with the way the book is laid out, and they’re able to really flexibly add new functionality to the book,” said Matt Besser, a senior vice president of content at Apple.
“The ebook is a great alternative to the paper book, and I think we’re going to see an increase in the number of people that are going to want to write eBooks.”
AppleInsider’s Mike Tippett wrote about the ebook format when it first came out earlier this year.
The technology lets authors create their own books and add new content, and allows for a new type of publishing called e-book publishing.
E-books are free for any eBook reader on the web, but the content can be purchased and shared on the device of a reader or device.
“I think the eBook is the future of the publishing business, and this new technology that’s coming into the market is going to change that forever,” said Andrew Smeeth, a former senior vice-president at Microsoft who now leads the publishing firm Pivotal Publishing.
“If you think about the way that we work, we’re a publishing company.
We’ve been writing for 30 years, and the most important thing for us is to continue to build on what we know.”
The new ePub standard uses HTML5 technology to display text that is stored on the devices devices, and Apple is making it a feature of the new iPad, which is available now for iPad owners.
It’s a move that’s been lauded by authors and publishers alike, and has been praised by AppleInsider.
“E-book is an incredible technology that is designed for new media, and it’s really about the flexibility and adaptability of the software,” Bessar said.
“This is a completely new platform that’s very easy to use and can really bring some of the advantages of digital to e-books.”
The new ebook standards is not a complete revolution, but it’s a major step toward making ebook publishing a viable business for publishers and authors alike.
The format is not supported on all devices, but Apple has said it’s working to support some of them, and says it will be updating its platform with the latest standards.
The ePub format is also available for use on a variety of devices, including the iPad, iPhone, and Mac.
“There are many different eBook formats that are available now that are similar to Adobe Acacrobat, and we’ve been working on a new format that is specifically designed for the iPad,” Bresser said.
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The new format is coming from Apple and Adobe, the two companies that make Adobe Acroprint, a type of printed book that is widely used for publishing.
The companies have a history of working together, but Adobe has been slowly getting into the ebook publishing business in recent years.
Adobe recently launched a new book publishing service, called eBooks Unlimited, that gives writers and publishers more control over how their content is published.
It also recently launched an ebook-like publishing service called Kindle Pro, which lets authors pay for the ability to publish their eBooks to devices like the iPad and iPhone.
“In the next five years, we are going a long way to move into the new ebook era,” said Jeff Rosen, a partner at Adobe, in a recent earnings call.
“We’re going into the future with a very flexible, open publishing model, and a very innovative way to create digital content.”
Apple is also moving to make the ebook experience more mobile-friendly with the release of the iPad Pro and new software like iBooks that allows readers to open an ebook from any iPad or iPhone.
Besser says that Apple is actively working to make its content more mobile friendly as well, but said that the company is working on ways to make sure that its content can work on devices that are not optimized for reading on a touch-screen.
“This is going in a direction that is going not only to allow Apple to grow and grow, but to continue and grow its digital business,” he said.