The Arrival

And that brings us to the big question: who is going to support EPUB 3 and when? Because it’s community driven, and because it has a very large community, people have already begun experimenting, even though the specification isn’t yet a formal recommendation. Apple iBooks, for example, already has early support for the overlays feature of EPUB 3, and read-along children’s books are already available.

With EPUB 3 now in the final stages of the approval process, it will receive recommendation status in fall 2011. In that light, it’s not a stretch to predict that EPUB 3 reading systems will be on shelves—and upgrades to your current systems available—by early 2012 (if not sooner). Many industry heavyweights—like Apple, Sony, ...

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