In addition to Open eBooks
, the President also announced a complementary effort, the ConnectED Library Challenge, with more than 30 communities making a commitment to put a library card into every student's hand so they can access the programs, learning resources and books available at public libraries.
Audio conversion or short video annotations could be added as well; support for audio and video formats is included in the current Open eBook
The goal of the Open eBook
standard has always been to ensure that there is a free flow of electronic books from a large number of publishers to millions of consumers," explained Microsoft VP Dick Brass, "it was also designed to prevent a damaging standards war in which each device would be incompatible and publishers would produce few titles for each.
In December 2003 Adobe Digital Media Store went back into e-book retail, selling novels and magazine/journal articles in its PDF format, and now e-publishing's trading standards body, Open eBook
Forum (OeBF) has announced that sales for the first nine months of 2003 rose by 32%, leading to total year estimate of sales of USD10m.
These include converting documents into searchable PDF, Open eBook
, Microsoft Office, Corel WordPerfect and even audio book files that can be used on Apple iPod devices.
New MediaNet customers can sign-up for the MN Open eBook
service by going to www.
OmniPage also has the most complete export capabilities available, including Microsoft Office, Corel WordPerfect, XML, Open eBook
and audio book formats.
The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), formerly the Open eBook
Forum (OeBF), is the trade and standards association for the digital publishing industry.
eReader is the most widely used eBook reader, currently accounting for more than 50 percent of the total market, according to recent statistics published by the Open eBook
is the first to offer eBook publishing tools that support the new Open eBook
Publication Structure (OEBPS) container format (OCF).
In addition, OmniPage combines desktop ease-of-use with advanced XML, batch processing, PDF and Open eBook
capabilities - all within a single application.
Rivlin will lead efforts to develop a unified (across Reading Systems) Open eBook
Publication Structure (OEBPS) container format.