Ingram’s VitalSource® engages more institutions, students, and publishers with EPUB 3 readiness


NEW YORK, NY – (BookExpo America) VitalSource Technologies, Inc., an Ingram Content Group company, today announced that it has implemented support for the EPUB 3 standard in its flagship Bookshelf® platform, becoming the first e-textbook solution provider to deliver support for the latest version of the open industry standard.

The new EPUB 3 version, based on HTML5, supports rich media, interactivity, global languages, and enhanced accessibility features. As publishers develop e-books that include rich media and interactive applications for the education community, more are turning to VitalSource because of its comprehensive EPUB readiness to create, enhance, and distribute content to institutions, educators and students worldwide.

“Textbooks in higher-education are moving beyond the static dimension of the printed page and the book-under-glass e-books people are accustomed to,” said Kent Freeman, Chief Operating Officer, VitalSource Technologies, Inc. “As publishers create rich interactive learning experiences for institutions and students, they should be taking advantage of EPUB and the flexibility and benefits that the open industry standard affords. From our media services group working with publishers to create enhanced e-books, to our Bookshelf platform, VitalSource is EPUB ready, including support for the latest revision, EPUB 3.”

VitalSource can accept and deliver EPUB 2 and EPUB 3 content to institutional partners around the world through its Bookshelf platform. Fast becoming the de facto standard within the e-reading sector, the VitalSource platform supports EPUB across all six clients including browser, Mac, Windows, iOS, Android™ and Kindle Fire.

“EPUB 3, based on HTML5 and the latest Web Standards, marks a major leap forward in EPUB’s capabilities for delivering rich, interactive experiences that enable learning materials to engage learners and foster improved outcomes” said Bill McCoy, Executive Director, International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). “VitalSource has been a major supporter of the IDPF, and I’m especially pleased to welcome VitalSource as one of the first implementers of EPUB 3”.

VitalSource, with more than 2.2 million users, is the most used e-textbook platform in education today. With a presence on 6,000 campuses in 180 countries, educators and students have access to tens of thousands of titles from the world’s leading textbook publishers.

About Ingram
Ingram Content Group (“Ingram”) is comprised of several subsidiaries to Nashville-based Ingram Industries Inc. Ingram includes a comprehensive suite of publishing industry services companies that offers numerous solutions, including physical book distribution, print-on-demand and digital services. Committed to the success of its partners, Ingram works closely with publishers, retailers, libraries and schools around the world to provide them with the right products and services to help them succeed in the dynamic and increasingly complex world of content publishing. Ingram's operating units are Ingram Book Group LLC, Lightning Source LLC, VitalSource Technologies LLC, Ingram Periodicals LLC, Ingram International, Ingram Library Services LLC, Spring Arbor Distributors, Ingram Publisher Services LLC, Tennessee Book Company LLC, and ICG Ventures LLC.