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The Open eBook Specification

Developed to provide a specification for representing the content of electronic books, the Open eBook specification standard, comprising of Publication Structure 1.0 and OEB File Format, was developed by the two principal eBook systems vendors -NuvoMedia Inc. and SoftBook Press Inc. This specification offers a fast, secure and cost-effective way to get information to people without incurring extensive printing costs.

Open eBook Publication Structure
Open eBook Publication Structure defines the format that content takes when it is converted to electronic form. It enables publishers to produce one digital version of their content, from novels to policy and procedure manuals that can be read on multiple devices. However, OEB Publication Structure results in numerous files per publication, thus the need to develop a format that can combine multiple files OEB Format.

The OEB File Format
The OEB File Format specifies how multiple files of a digital publication, such as text, graphics, chapters, copyright protection solutions, can be combined into a single file necessary for electronic delivery.  The OEB File Format is based upon the industry-standard Multipurpose Internet Markup Extension (MIME) used most notably in email applications for file attachments. All OEB Files are valid multipart MIME entities.  The converse is not true. The specification describes the proper subset of MIME that is allowable within OEB files.  Standard MIME software assists in the construction and deconstruction of OEB files.  

The OEB File Format:

  • Provides a format in which an electronic publication can be easily and efficiently transferred between content providers, tool providers, booksellers and reading systems as a single file.

  • Permits security, authentication and digital rights management, but does not specify the details of such systems.

  • Specifies a means by which content compression may be accomplished.

  • Provides a structure within which interoperable electronic book systems can operate today and evolve in the future. 

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