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{{#invoke:Hatnote|hatnote}} {{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} An EPUB is an e-book that can be downloaded and read on a device like a smartphone, tablet, computer, or e-reader. It is a free and open standard published by the International Digital Publishing Forum. The term is short for electronic publication and is sometimes styled ePub. EPUB became an official standard of the IDPF in September 2007, superseding the older Open eBook standard.<ref name="ops_approved">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> The Book Industry Study Group endorses EPUB 3 as the format of choice for packaging content and has stated that the global book publishing industry should rally around a single standard.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> EPUB is the most widely supported vendor-independent XML-based (as opposed to PDF) e-book format; that is, it is supported by the largest number of hardware readers, including Amazon Kindle Fire.<ref name="kdp.amazon.com">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

It is also widely used on many software readers such as iBooks on Apple devices, and Google Books on Android. iBooks also supports the proprietary iBook format. This format is based on the EPUB format but depends upon custom widget code in the iBooks app to function.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

EPUB 2.0 was approved in October 2007, with a maintenance update (2.0.1) approved in September 2010.<ref name="epub2.0_history">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> The EPUB3 specification was published in November 2014. New major features include support for precise layout or specialized formatting, such as for comic books,<ref name = "teleread_epub_test">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> and MathML support.


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