So far I’ve been alluding to the fact that EPUB 3 has much more to offer than its predecessor and the competing formats on the market, without offering specifics. Well, the time has come to really get into how EPUB is set to change the traditional print-based publishing landscape.
That EPUB 3 is based on HTML5 means that you have the
video elements available to you for embedding
multimedia content directly into the flow of your document. Always
wanted to create a science textbook with audio directions and video
demos so that students don’t have to muddle their way through graphics
and lists of instructions? Well, there’s nothing stopping you now. Want
to add an audio clip of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech
to your textbook on the Civil Rights movement? Now you can with no
special player needed. EPUB 3 requires support for the MP3 format, so
audio element and
reference your clip and you’re done. You can safely sit back and relax
as your book goes to market, knowing that all your readers will be able
to listen to it.
Want to go a little fancier and add the actual video clip of the
speech so that your students get a more compelling presentation? No
problem, same story…almost. Embedding your clip is still as easy as
adding the HTML5
video element, but, as we touched on briefly earlier, in a rare exception to the specification, there isn’t a single video format that all players are guaranteed to support, so you have to be a little ...