It’s a fact that we really can’t live and grow without reading books. I remember a poetry from my elementary school that was saying “Book is your best friend.” It’s not my best friend in fact:-D But one of my best friends.
Anyway, book is important and we can’t ignore it. As a result, companies are trying to make it better every day. With the advancement of technology, IT companies decided to invest on book industry; consequently, on 15 June 1993, Adobe released the very first version of Acrobat Reader with support PDF 1.0. The goal of Adobe was to enable users to read and share documents in a file rather than a heavy book. PDF format became very popular as it’s the most popular file format for electronic books and documents today.
Everything was OK and PDF was rocking until September 2007! International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) released a new format for electronic books called EPUB.
EPUB (short for electronic publication) is a free and open e-book standard. Files have the extension .epub. EPUB is designed for reflowable content, meaning that an EPUB reader can optimize text for a particular display device. EPUB also supports fixed-layout content. The format is intended as a single format that publishers and conversion houses can use in-house, as well as for distribution and sale. It supersedes the Open eBook standard. WOW THAT IS AWESOME!!!
With the introduction of iPad, a new way to read books has opened. People prefer to carry an iPad rather than lots of books; also, reading books on a tablet is more enjoyable than a book. IT companies like Apple, Amazon, Samsung, Nook and even Microsoft did as good as they could to find a way to make it even better and easier to read books.
Amazon was the first to use EBUP files in their devices. The first version of Amazon Kindle supports EPUB format. Apple also has support for EPUB as well. In fact, the default format for all iBooks Store books are EPUB; also, the Apple’s new textbooks are EPUB too. Everybody is talking about EPUB because of its awesomeness.
Here are some of advantages of EPUB over PDF:
- EPUB files are much lighter in size than PDFs.
- You can customize the font type and size of the book you’re reading.
- Background and text colors also can be changed to whatever colors you want.
- Searching through the EPUB books are much faster and easier while the EPUB files contains XML files.
Although EPUB books are amazing but can’t replace the PDFs yet. PDF format still have a lot of advantages over EPUB like encryption, support for filling a form and more. However, IDPF is working on next version of EPUB to have more features.