Apple joined the IDPF. Google and HP (Palm) are also members. So is Nokia.
iOs, Android, webOS, Symbian — all use the WebKit rendering engine. That’s four broad global mobile operating systems that basically define the walk-around go-anywhere Internet today.
With WebKit available, why would any of these companies agree to further the cause of ePub for eBooks?
Why would any of them agree to a spec that keeps changing and that has always — and will always be — behind the spec of the Internet itself?
Why would any of them agree that eBooks should be in the grip of one company — Adobe! — for its rendering engine (as well as DRM!)?
There is no plausible reason whatsoever for these big-footprint members of the IDPF to agree to the continuation of ePub.
ePub is going to be put to death. My own wish is that it will be a swift beheading so everyone can get on with their lives. My fear is that it will be a piece-by-piece dismantling that leaves eBooks in an absolute mess.
Whichever way it happens, ePub is just dead.
Amazon has won the war for eBooks that can use a purpose-built device.
Everyone else will go with HTML5 for eBooks.
And don’t forget: the Kindle 3 now has a WebKit-based browser inside.