There are dozens of ways to make an ebook, but one format is emerging as the international standard: the EPUB. One day soon, the EPUB format may be the first ebook picture that comes to mind. EPUB Defined The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) is dedicated to developing and maintaining the EPUB format. IDPF executive director Bill McCoy, who was at the forefront of EPUB's creation, defines EPUB as "a portable document technology that's converged with and built on the latest open Web standards." More specifically, EPUB is a means of representing, packaging and encoding structured and semantically enhanced Web content for distribution in a single-file format," according to the IDPF Web site. EPUB 2, which was a successor to the Open eBook Publication Structure, became the IDPF standard in 2007. EPUB 3, the first major upgrade to the format, was ratified in October 2011 by about 300 member organizations,
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