Elsevier commits to EPUB 3 format for all new ebooks
Elsevier, the world's largest publishing company, has just announced that they are going to produce all new ebooks in the EPUB 3 format. 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. We believe that many more publishers will follow Elsevier's lead in adopting EPUB 3 and it will also motivate educators to adopt EPUB for their classroom materials. Finally, 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 papers. Expect to see many more scientists at the beach or the coffee shop, mobile device in hand, catching up on their reading!
This announcement 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 the tool of choice for authoring math intended for publication in EPUB 3 format. Many publishers are also using our MathFlow tools to handle math in their production workflows already. As more publishers move to producing EPUB 3, we expect this part of our business to grow rapidly. 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.