Evident Point, together with our esteemed partners, Hypothesis, NYU Press, Readium Foundation, and EPUBjs, is pleased to announce the successful completion of Hypothesis and Readium integration to bring open source annotation support to EPUBs through Readium.
Readium is a free, open source, cross-platform reading system engine that provides the best way to read EPUB, the fastest-growing eBook format, and Hypothes.is is the leading online open platform for annotating the web. In this integration project, Evident Point has developed the ability for the Hypothes.is annotation framework to anchor and synchronize annotations with a generalized approach that allows readers and authors to view annotation sets in different copies of the same book, no matter where it’s hosted or if read in different viewers. Evident Point’s experience in the underlying application of web technologies for implementing cloud based EPUB reading applications assisted in making this possible.
As the primary developers behind Readium, Evident Point is also holding the responsibility to oversee and develop the next Readium release, version 0.28. This new version will provide readers and authors the ability to use Hypothes.is annotation services, such as reading, adding, and sharing annotations in EPUB3, using them for navigation, holding discussions, taking personal notes, etc.
This integration is a big step towards collaborative annotations of digital books. In the words of Laurent Le Meur of EDRLab, “Combined with the recent work that the W3C has done to standardize annotation, this represents an essential next step in bringing a high quality open annotation implementation to books everywhere”.
EPUB file format has been widely adopted as a format for digital books. EPUB specification is very comprehensive, it defines:
- EPUB Container, XHTML files in a zip container.
- EPUB Package, a way to relate components of an EPUB to each other. This may include various metadata, index, table of contents and spine information.
- EPUB Canonical Fragment Identifier (CFI), a mechanism for describing a location within an EPUB.
- Media Overlays, which allow to synchronize audio tracks with text content in a book.
and various other technical standards. The latest spec is EPUB 3.1.
There are two omissions however, namely searching and pagination. We will describe searching in a future article and tackle pagination today.
Continue reading EPUB: Server-side pagination
In this post we will be exploring media overlays and how to add them to your books. Overlays are interactive elements that can be added to the content; these interactive elements can be videos, images, text, attachments, quizzes, links, audio clips, and interactive widgets.
There are two ways of adding overlays to books. The first method is to highlight the text you want to add an overlay to. After making your text selection, a context menu will appear. At this point you can click “Create Overlay.” Continue reading Creating Overlays in ActiveTextbook
We are pleased to announce that Evident Point is in the process of developing a storefront in ActiveTextbook, allowing customers to monetize their books through our platform. The storefront will be available as a fully white-labelled solution, and will implement the PayPal system to allow users a safe and reliable way to purchase eBooks. Our clients will be able to get a branded storefront with a responsive mobile-friendly design to sell their interactive eBooks online. Read more…
Welcome to the “Creating Groups in ActiveTextbook” blog. We are going to show you step by step how to create Contacts and Groups in ActiveTextbook, and how to assign a book to Groups.
A Group is a list of individual users that can be addressed in a single action, such as granting and revoking access to Books or sending messages. For example, you can setup a Group to represent a class. Each Group has an Owner – an individual user that created the Group and controls access to it. Accounts that are operating under Publisher roles are allowed to create Groups in ActiveTextbook PRO. Read more…
One of the unique features of ActiveTextbook is that it allows users to add comment boxes to the books and initiate discussions with others. ActiveTextbook is a great addition to Learning Management Systems (LMS) since it allows comment boxes to be created inside the books, which is unlike most systems, where discussion boards are typically located in a separate folder.
With our platform, students are able to share their ideas anywhere, any time. They also have the opportunity to reflect on their thought and check for spelling before posting a comment. Furthermore, the platform is a valuable tool for students who don’t feel comfortable speaking in classrooms. Read more…
Evident Point has partnered with Hypothes.is to bring annotation support to Readium and ActiveTextbook.
Hypothes.is is the leading online open platform for annotating the web, while Readium is the largest open source project for consuming ePUB documents.
The goal of this partnership is to bring ebook annotations capabilities to the web. This is what Laurent Le Meur of EDRLabs had to say in A partnership to bring open annotation to eBooks – EDRLab : Read more…
Evident Point Software has joined the Publishing Working Group, by World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), to work together with other organizations on advancing traditional publishing and Web standards. Prior to joining W3C, Evident Point was a founding member of IDPF (International Digital Publishing Forum) which was integrated with W3C in January 2017. Read more…