The ePUB file type is an open source format developed by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) . Based on XHTML, XML and CSS it works well with a number of software applications which has helped the popularity of the format grow. Despite this, there are a raft of rules that must be adhered to when creating an ePUB file which has attracted criticism of the format. The format allows DRM protection to be added to a file.
The ePUB format allows reflowable content. This means that the content fits the size and shape of the screen it is being displayed upon, in the same way that text on an HTML page changes depending on the size of the display. An ePUB file tends to consist of three elements: archive, metadata and content.
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The FictionBook 2.0 file format was developed in Russia and gained popularity there. Whereas other eBook formats contain multiple XML files an FB2 file contains just one. The format is DRM free and is open source. As the name suggests, FB2 files often contain fiction eBooks, however this is not a technical restriction. The format was designed to enable the file to be converted to other file types relatively easily.
The FB2 file contains a tagged structure that allows software applications to interpret and render the content accordingly. This means that elements such as quotations and subtitles can be defined, in addition to formatting such as bold, italic or underline. Typically, an FB2 file contains the Stylesheet, Description and Body. All text to be displayed is contained within the Body section which uses a nested structure to allow subsections and paragraphs to be defined.