Yesterday the IPDF announced the release of the first public draft of the new Epub 3 standards. This draft is the result of more than 7 months of work by the Epub Working Group.

Epub 3 is the next major revision of the Epub ebook format, an XML and Web Standards based format that has become a key global standard in the rapidly developing digital publishing industry. The new revision adds support for:

  • HTML5
  • Accessibility improvements
  • Rich media such as video, audio
  • Interactivity
  • Layout improvements
  • Global languages

This initial draft is being released for comments from the general public, as well as for trial use by early implementors. The final Recommended Specification of EPUB 3 is anticipated by mid 2011.

Epub 3 via IDPF