Taken from a press release located HERE
New Digital Book Standard Released
Monday October 30, 8:45 am ET
Software Companies and Publishers Announce Implementation Plans
NEW YORK, NY--(MARKET WIRE)--Oct 30, 2006 -- The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), the standards and trade association for digital publishing, announced today the release of a new technical standard to facilitate digital content creation, distribution and use by consumers. In addition to the Open eBook Publication Structure (OEBPS), an XML standard for authoring digital books, the IDPF has now released a new standard for packaging a digital publication, including the contents of the publication, metadata, signatures, encryption, rights and other information into one standard file. Entitled the Open eBook Publication Structure Container Format (OCF), the new IDPF standard will allow publishers to release a single standard file into their sales and distribution channels and will also enable consumers to exchange unencrypted eBooks and other digital publications between reading systems that support the new standard.
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What does this mean? It appears to be the end of multiple formats of ebooks, which should cut epublishers' costs. I have no idea what processes Ellora's Cave must take to produce the various formats of our ebooks, so I cannot comment yet on how much money/time it will save.
Anyone have any insight to share?
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