Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Content Group's e-textbook solution, announced that it supported the International Digital Publishing Forum's (IDPF) EPUB 3 standard for digital publications and documents. With 1.6 million users and a presence on 6000 campuses in 180 countries, VitalSource currently delivers tens of thousands of titles from many of the world's leading textbook publishers. It already supports many of the features that are now in demand, including MathML, interactive media, multi-language, and accessibility support for disabled individuals. The new EPUB 3 standard will allow Ingram to enhance the VitalSource e-textbook platform further.
The IDPF developed the EPUB format through a cooperation between publishers, vendors, software developers, and standards experts. EPUB is a comprehensive format that provides content developers and creators with a standard specification for digital content. The next major revision of the standard, EPUB 3 builds on the current EPUB version and introduces new features designed to benefit the e-textbook supply chain, the most notable being enhanced language support, greater accessibility features, and increased multimedia support.