Are you familiar with the term format? Or let me get more precise to make things much simpler by asking, have you ever come across the term eBook file format? If your answer is ‘yes,’ lucky you but keep scrolling down the paragraphs for you might find more exciting and new knowledge. If you answer ‘no,’ feel fortunate enough for this is an opportunity for you to get more information that might add to your knowledge. Remember, knowledge is power! An electronic book is a type of book displayed on electronic devices such as e-readers, tablets, phones, and computers. Such types of books have what we call file formats.
A file format is a way an eBook has been coded or written in such a way that is understood by computers (the electronic devices) for proper display to readers. A file format might not make much sense to the physical eye for those unfamiliar with computing languages but once plugged into computers, it shows precisely or even more advanced content than that presented in print form.
Having known what a file format is leading us to the next step; knowing what an iBook entails. Have you come across the name Apple? If not, Apple is a company that makes iPhone, iPad, Mac devices and much more. And iBook is, therefore, an application that enables users of Apple devices to access electronic books which can be displayed on devices such as the iPad, Mac, or iPhone. With this solid knowledge in mind, let us make it a bit more enjoyable by getting to know the format(s) used by iBook.
eBook file formats used by iBook
The iBook application mainly uses and accepts EPUB file formats across the various devices platforms. The EPUB file format is the most widely used and supported file format for electronic books. It was invented by the International Digital Publishing Forum which happens to be the body in charge of determining standards for digital content.
There are different versions of EPUB; this is as a result of continuous modifications made on the file format. These changes bring about an enhancement in the way digital content is presented; they bring about improvements. The latest version of EPUB is the EPUB 3.0.1. iBook supports all recent the versions of EPUB.
EPUB is a rich file format, enabling iBook authors to generate digital content ranging from plain texts, images and other interactive such as audio. These inform a massive package of programming abilities from XHTML, SVG, and CSS.
Despite EPUB being the primary file format supported by iBook, there is also another file format can be accepted on the same platform- the PDF (Portable Document Format). PDF was invented by the Adobe Systems and has been continuously upgraded and improved by the same developer. Apple had to update its devices for the iBook application to support PDF; the resign behind its move might be PDF is among one of the most widely used eBook file formats.
For rich user experience, however, most iBook users prefer to convert PDFs into EPUB files.
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