A partnership to bring open annotation to eBooks – Hypothesis
lterrat's bookmarks 2017-03-16
"Today we are announcing a partnership to bring open, collaborative, cross-platform annotation to eBooks. Together with NYU Libraries, NYU Press, Evident Point, the Readium Foundation and the EPUBjs project, Hypothesis will be working to bring annotation to EPUB, the standard format for digital books.
Digital books represent an enormous class of content which at present cannot be collaboratively annotated with others. Combined with the recent work that the W3C has done to standardize annotation, this represents an essential next step in bringing a high quality open annotation implementation to books everywhere.
While formats such as images, video and data are longer term goals, text has been the early focus of annotation at Hypothesis for obvious reasons: nearly all knowledge in every domain is ultimately recorded as text. In the world of digital text, two formats have reigned supreme: HTML and PDF. But EPUB has gained traction and increased momentum as successive versions have enabled essential features like full internationalization and rich media."