|The Open eBook Forum (OeBF) has released an updated version of the
Open eBook Publication Structure (OEBPS) specification. Entitled "Publication
Structure Specification 1.0.1," the new industry standard for authoring
reusable content for e-book devices and readers supersedes version 1.0
of the OEB Specification. The OEBPS is an XML-based specification for the
content, structure, and presentation of electronic books.
"The OEB Specification provides a single common format for authors,
editors, publishers, and content owners who want their titles to be readable
by a variety of electronic publishing systems and reading devices," said
Bob Bruce, the OeBF's executive director. "It has been widely adopted by
many of the major e-book publishers and software manufacturers as the underlying
interchange format supporting a variety of e-book reading devices."
Version 1.0.1 of OEBPS, which is based on more than a year of industry
experience with 1.0, doesn't add additional features to the specification
but removes ambiguities and corrects errors. Version 2.0 of OEBPS, which
will introduce new features and substantial enhancements—particularly in
the areas of presentation, linking and navigation, internationalization,
and metadata—is currently under development.
"Comprehensive specifications that achieve the goal of simultaneously
supporting both interoperability and innovative functionality are absolutely
critical if electronic publishing is going to deliver on its promises,"
said Allen Renear, chair of the OeBF Publication Structure Working Group
and associate professor of library and information science at the University
of IllinoisUrbana-Champaign. "The OEB Publication Structure has solidly
established itself in e-book publishing as precisely what is needed to
build a thriving industry."
The OeBF Publication Structure Working Group encourages all participants
and interested parties to download copies of the OEBPS 1.0.1 specification
from the Open eBook Forum Web site (http://www.openebook.org).
Multiple formats are available. For a list of frequently asked questions,
For electronic copies and/or print-ready formats, visit http://www.openebook.org/oebps/oebps1.0.1/download/index.htm.
Source: Open eBook Forum, Boulder, CO, 303/543-1060; http://www.openebook.org.