EPUB for Education – Improving learning outcomes


Digital content in education can significantly improve learning outcomes. It can better support accessibility, adapt to individual learning needs and increase engagement through interactivity. Digital content may also provide immediate assessments, analytics and increase social connectivity.

The “EPUB for Education” profile represents an effort to adapt the functionality of the EPUB format to the structural and semantic requirements of educational publishing.

The profile builds on the EPUB 3 specification in the following ways:

  • adds semantics for common components and structures
  • defines rules for including content that may be created externally, such as assessments (e.g., QTI)
  • includes accessibility features for compliance with educational standards
  • enables the identification of discrete content entities
  • allows the embedding of shared scriptable components
  • adds support for annotations
  • defines guidelines for the creation and inclusion of images

More information is provided in the EPUB for Education profile.