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Today’s educational landscape provides a wealth of tools and technologies that are making the learning experience ever richer and the teaching experience ever more effective. Students increasingly have the choice of print or digital content that can be accessed online or offline using e-readers, smartphones, and tablets. That content can include videos of demonstrations, audio of interviews or oral histories, interactive tools like exercises, quizzes, and other resources that make the learning experience come alive. Teachers are no longer limited to a primarily print-based set of resources; they have the entire Web at their disposal—and they can get information about how each student is progressing, in order to tailor the learning experience for each individual.

While this landscape is powerful and exciting, it is also complex and rapidly evolving. Standards help make the various tools and technologies in the educational ecosystem work together. EDUPUB, the new profile of EPUB 3, adds specifications to the EPUB standard that optimize it for advanced educational content. BISG created this guide to help publishers of all types understand the who, what, how, and why behind EDUPUB, to help you make more informed decisions as you prepare for implementation. 

This essential guide covers:

  • What is EDUPUB: an introduction to EDUPUB for beginners
  • Overview of the EDUPUB EPUB 3 Profile spec
  • Outline of who EDUPUB is intended for
  • Paths to implementation for publishers
  • EDUPUB's importance to the educational publishing ecosystem
  • Resources for learning more

BISG intends to update theGetting Started With EDUPUB guide frequently, as updates to EDUPUB and changes to industry practice occur. We welcome industry participation. If you know of recent developments, or have suggestions for other topics to cover within the document, please let us know.

Getting Started With EDUPUB was prepared for the Book Industry Study Group, Inc. (BISG) by members of the BISG Content Structure Committee’s EPUB for Education Working Group.

Edited by Paul Belfanti (Pearson) and Julie Morris (BISG)
Copyedited by Patricia Fogarty


Krishnan H S, Adobe Systems Inc.
Bill Kasdorf, Apex CoVantage
Robin Seaman, Benetech
Julie Morris, Book Industry Study Group
Joshua Tallent, Firebrand Technologies
Elie Mietkiewicz, Gutenberg Technology
Kimbery Tennial, Ingram Content Group
Tzviya Siegman, John Wiley & Sons
Chanti Burnette, Kaplan Publishing
Lauren Challman, Kaplan Publishing
Edwina Lui, Kaplan Publishing
Kimberly David, McGraw-Hill Education
Vikas Verma, Newgen KnowledgeWorks
Madeleine Rothberg, National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH
Paul Belfanti, Pearson
Yonah Hirschman, Pearson
Andrew Newcomb, Pearson
Alissa Kleinman, Penguin Random House
Jean Kaplansky, Safari Books Online
John Prahbu, SPI Global
James Yanchak, Taylor & Francis

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