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W3C Debuts First Public Working Draft for Audiobook Standardization

The Publishing Working Group of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) released the first public working draft of Audiobook Profile for Web Publications, which was “developed to address a major gap in the publishing ecosystem. Unlike the ebooks industry which predominantly uses the EPUB standard, Audiobooks never developed a common specification. This has created a distribution model where content creators create many different files for their distributors or retailers, leaving users behind.”

The draft aims to establish a common manifest format that offers a simple way for content creators to provide identifying metadata, a reading order (a single source for the presentation order of audio files), and additional resources—cover image, table of contents, synchronized media files, etc.

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