International Publishers Association Endorses EPUB 3 as Global Standard

March 12, 2013

The International Publishers Association (IPA) today announced that its Board has endorsed EPUB 3. Jens Bammel, IPA’s Secretary General, said: “Digital publishing is now truly global. IPA strongly urges all publishing industry stakeholders to adopt EPUB 3 so that the publishing industry can achieve an interoperable and fully accessible global standard for e-books and other digital publications." Full text of the release (via Library Journal INFODocket) : .

The release noted that: "EPUB 3 is semantically enhanced, reliably navigable, and enables publishers to progress from producing static documents to creating interactive experiences... encoded into a distributable publication file that is interoperable across devices and can adapt smoothly to different sized displays. EPUB 3 ... fulfils the requirements of publishers around the world, including by supporting global language requirements,such as vertical layout, alternative writing, and page progression directions, as well as other typographic capabilities needed to express the wide range of world languages. Furthermore, EPUB 3 can be made fully accessible to print disabled readers."
International Publishers Association (IPA) is a federation of national, regional and specialist publishers' associations. Its membership comprises more than 60 organisations from more than 50 countries in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, IPA represents the interests of the publishing industry in international fora and wherever publishers' interests are at stake. 

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