On Wednesday, I was invited to talk about EPUB3 at IDPF's Digital Book World Conference which is part of the Book Expo America going on in New York City this month.
My basic thesis is that EPUB3's promise is as a galvanizing, common goal for both ebook publishers and ebook designers and production workers that will enable all of us to move forward together, even if it means getting to our objective at different times. Because EPUB3 doesn't break EPUB2 books in older ereaders, there is no reason to put off using EPUB3 right now. And because many ereaders are already supporting many of EPUB3's flashier features—some of which I show off in this presentation, there are lots of good reasons to go ahead and make the jump.
In my talk, I mention the fact that Hachette, part of the second largest publisher in the world and one of the Big Six in the United States has announced that not only will they soon deliver all of their ebooks in EPUB3 format, but that they will stop delivering books in EPUB2. They haven't served books in Kindle format since 2007.
The promise of a single file that works on all systems is before us, and EPUB3, our common goal, is what will enable us to get there.
I have not only published my slides, but I re-recorded my talk so you can get all of the details. Be sure to activate the audio portion.
(I couldn't get the audio to play in Chrome, but it seems to work just fine in Safari.)
Note that you can download (or buy) the EPUB3 version of What's up with Catalonia? that I use as a sample in my talk here.
You can buy the Monarch Butterfly book on the iBookstore.
Barcelona Beyond Gaudí is available both at the iBookstore and on my website.
I welcome comments and suggestions.