Hachette Book Group
Hachette Book Group was looking for a way to provide digital samples of their vast selection of ePubs (electronic publications) and hired Vectorform to create a tool to trim the book’s contents and render them on as many devices as possible.
Unfortunately, after reading the ePub specifications, it seemed like too tall a task for me to write on my own. However, understanding all of the components that make up an ePub–which is really just a ZIP archive–came in handy when working with the team that was developing the trimming algorithm for both reflowable text-heavy books and fixed graphical novels.
The end result is a browser-based ePub previewer, called OpenBook™, with support for all of all the latest browsers, including mobile phones and tablets. The previewer has pagination, text zooming, table of contents, full-screen mode, and all the social media functionality you’d expect.Open