eBooks are something I am really keen on becoming involved in (I have a few ideas, but no time!) which is why I was really really REALLY happy when I read this latest article on the Amazon website: “Announcing HTML5 Support in Kindle Format 8“.
“We’re pleased to announce a wide range of new features and enhancements – including HTML5 support – coming in Kindle Format 8 (KF8). As showcased on Kindle Fire, KF8 enables publishers to create great-looking books in categories that require rich formatting and design such as children’s picture books, comics & graphic novels, technical & engineering books and cookbooks. Kindle Format 8 replaces the Mobi format and adds over 150 new formatting capabilities, including fixed layouts, nested tables, callouts, sidebars and Scalable Vector Graphics, opening up more opportunities to create Kindle books that readers will love.”
This is bringing the eBook format closer and closer to the type of books that you can only download and access as Apps on certain tablets.
The big question for me is how well these new format eBooks will degrade for those buying and viewing on older and/or non-HTML5 supported devices? If, as I hope from reading the FAQs on the above link, they will degrade well, and eInk devices will be able to suppport some elements of the HTML5 edition.
Now then, where are those extra hours I need each day … ? Oh, and anyone know a good resource to learn the finer and more interesting points of HTML5 and CSS3 please?
Here are some links I have found interesting/engaging when reading around this topic:
- An Open Source, HTML5 Framework for iPad E-books