It’s time for us to lift the curtain on some major changes here at Pressbooks! We’ve spent a lot of time over the last month doing some much-needed maintenance across the platform, including theme improvements and changes to the user experience for institutions using single-sign on technology. These past weeks also included important work on
What is EPUB3 and do I need it? Should I change old ebook files to this new format?
EPUB3 is the new format of EPUB. In general if you’re not doing anything complicated, you won’t really notice a difference–you could use either EPUB2 or EPUB3.
EPUB3 is backwards compatible to EPUB2, so it should be compatible to old readers. There’s no reason you need to switch–in fact, a lot of platforms don’t even support EPUB3 files yet–certain e-ink readers, for instance. Android is all over the map; iBooks supports most.
The incentive comes if you’re trying to make your book more interactive. The Pressbooks system exports more features in the new files than in EPUB2. For instance, it supports video.
How do I include video in my EPUB3 file if I’m using Pressbooks?
Anything else to know about the EPUB3 files if I’m using Pressbooks?
This is a beta feature for us, and we welcome your help in refining it. Test it out, let us know how it’s working for you and let us know what limitations you run into.