AFRIScholar offers the service of producing eBook and ePub files for journals, making it easier for readers to access articles on mobile devices.
EPUB is an e-book file format that uses the “.epub” file extension. The term is short for electronic publication and is sometimes styled ePub. EPUB is supported by many e-readers, and compatible software is available for most smartphones, tablets, and computers. EPUB is a technical standard published by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). It became an official standard of the IDPF in September 2007, superseding the older Open eBook (OEB) standard.
The Book Industry Study Group endorses EPUB 3 as the format of choice for packaging content and has stated that the global book publishing industry should rally around a single standard. The EPUB format is implemented as an archive file consisting of XHTML files carrying the content, along with images and other supporting files. EPUB is the most widely supported vendor-independent XML-based e-book format; that is, it is supported by almost all hardware readers.
The format and many readers support the following:
- Reflowable document: optimize text for a particular display
- Fixed-layout content: pre-paginated content can be useful for certain kinds of highly designed content, such as illustrated books intended only for larger screens, such as tablets.
- Like an HTML web site, the format supports inline raster and vector images, metadata, and CSS styling.
- Page bookmarking
- Passage highlighting and notes
- A library that stores books and can be searched
- Re-sizable fonts, and changeable text and background colors
- Support for a subset of MathML.
- Better analytical support with compatible platforms.
- Digital rights management—can contain digital rights management (DRM) as an optional layer.s