EPUB is a file format standard created by the International Digital Publishing Forum based on a profile of XHTML 1.1 and Zip-based packaging for use by creators and users of electronic books. It is "reflowable" which means that the text can be easily reformatted for different sized e-book readers. The Online Library of Liberty has begun a ePub Pilot Project to explore the possibilites of this open format.
The following OLL titles are available in ePub format:
- Desiderius Erasmus, The Complaint of Peace (1521) - download file
- Thomas Hodgskin, An Essay on Naval Discipline (1813) - download file
- Thomas Hodgskin The Natural and Artificial Right of Property Contrasted (1832) - download file
- Herbert Spencer, Social Statics (1851) - download file
- Sir James Mackintosh, Vindiciae Gallicae and Other Writings on the French Revolution (2007) - download file
Please let us know about your experiences with these files. The editor has them displaying satisfactorily on an iPhone.
The following websites and downloads might be of interest:
- Download the free E-Book reader: Adobe Digital Editions to read and organize your e-book library. It can display natively PDFs and ePub texts.
- Download the free EBook reader for your iPhone: Stanza. The destop version of Stanza will accept ePub texts and convert them into many other formats, such as Kindle.
- bookglutton.com has an API which will convert your HTML file into ePub format
- the ePub standard was designed by the International Digital Publishing Forum an industry trade association
Description from the IDPF webpage: ".epub" is the file extension of an XML format for reflowable digital books and publications. ".epub" is composed of three open standards, the Open Publication Structure (OPS), Open Packaging Format (OPF) and Open Container Format (OCF), produced by the IDPF. "EPUB" allows publishers to produce and send a single digital publication file through distribution and offers consumers interoperability between software/hardware for unencrypted reflowable digital books and other publications. The Open eBook Publication Structure or "OEB", originally produced in 1999, is the precursor to OPS.