De Gruyter commits to EPUB 3 format for all new ebooks
Academic publisher De Gruyter has announced that they and their publishing partners will produce new ebooks in the EPUB 3 format. This follows closely on the heels of the recent Elsevier EPUB 3 announcement and confirms our belief that many more publishers are moving to EPUB 3. This is significant because, unlike proprietary ebook formats, EPUB is a public standard and version 3 requires MathML to be used for all mathematical equations in order to enable the math to be accessible, searchable, and interoperable. These announcements will likely motivate educators to adopt EPUB for their classroom materials. Also, scientists and engineers will start to appreciate the reflowable text of ebooks and this will hasten the end of their long love affair with PDF for scientific and technical papers.
These announcements by major academic publishers will also accelerate the development of EPUB support in authoring systems such as word processors and technical publishing tools. Since MathType has been producing MathML for many years, it will be an important tool for authoring math intended for publication in EPUB 3 format. Many publishers are already using our MathFlow tools to handle math in their ebook production workflows. Finally, MathPlayer's math-to-speech functionality will be used to make math in ebooks accessible to people with print and learning disabilities such as blindness, low vision, and dyslexia.