There are essentially three formats used in ebook FXL:
The formats FXL using HTML5 and CSS3 standards for the definition of low-level information, and therefore do not contain "statics" like the PDF, but the text inside can be defined in TAG semantic representation which allow a much better flexibility, adapted to the digital world.
1) EPUB3 FXL:
This is the "open" format defined by an international consortium IDPF, characterized by the specifications that can be found at this link. The EPUB3 format can be purchased in many online bookstores and read on all the technology platforms available on the market, except Kindle (see next point)
This format is only for Amazon. All the details are set out here. The KF8 format can be purchased in the Amazon Kindle Store (from the web or Kindle Fire) and read on the Kindle Fire tablet.
This format is only for Apple. All the details are set out here. The IBooks format can be purchased in the Apple iBooks Store (from the web or from IPhone / IPad) and read on your Mac, iPhone or iPad through the Apple iBooks application. Unlike the others, the iBooks format adds the ability to use the default widgets for video, photo gallery, 3D animations and vector files.
NB: The KF8 is a proprietary format from Amazon and benefits its customers. Same goes for the Apple iBooks format. On the contrary, EPub3 FXL format is defined by an international consortium of companies and its specifications are public, in order to facilitate the development of an open system for its production, sales and consultation of the content.
Reminder: If you already have your paginated PDF document and do not want to take care of the production in FXL, you can commission the conversion to StreetLib. This service is available on our EDIT services list.
This way, StreetLib will:
- Convert your PDF formats to EPub3 FXL and KF8
- Make available the two files to the author, which can be downloaded from the login area in StreetLib SelfPublish for any further use
- Put the two files for sale worldwide: the KF8 format will be sold by Amazon's Kindle Store, while the EPub3FXL format from all other online bookstores, including Apple's iBooks Store.
Finally, for the reading of a FXL document, the following possibilities exist:
1) On IPad:
You can read an EPub3FXL document through the iBooks app from Apple, which the user already has installed on all devices;
2) On the Kindle Fire:
You can read a KF8 document through the integrated reading app from within Amazon;
3) On an Android tablet:
You can read a EPub3FXL document through the app called Gitden Reader, which you can download from the Google Play Store from this link.
4) On PC:
Using Google Chrome as internet browser, the application Readium available on Chrome Web Store reads ePub3FXL books, you can get it here.