The Development of Chinese e-Book Standards and Platforms in Taiwan

By Huey-Wen Chou and Chen-chung Chien.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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Article: Print $US10.00
Published online: June 16, 2015 $US5.00

e-Book markets in Taiwan and China have developed gradually in recent years. Currently, Taiwan is promoting the e-book industry. There are advanced Chinese e-book technology developments and industrial activities, but little academic literature. This paper presents and evaluates the current status and milestones of the Chinese e-book in Taiwan. There is included Chinese e-book standards adoption, major e-book platforms, and some content providers. This paper describes the development of Chinese e-book standards and platforms and found the EPUB has not been adopted widely as the Chinese e-book standard, and an excessive number of Chinese online e-book platforms exist. Promoting the EPUB to gain extensive adoption as the Chinese e-book standard is necessary and would benefit development of the Chinese e-book. Public and private sectors might consider cooperating to establish one or two Chinese-language e-books content exchange centers in Taiwan.

Keywords: Electronic Books, e-Books, EPUB, e-Book Platform, Standards

The International Journal of the Book, Volume 12, Issue 3-4, June 2015, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 16, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 406.093KB)).

Prof. Huey-Wen Chou

Professor, Department of Information Management, National Central University, Tao-yuan Country, Taiwan

Chen-chung Chien

Ph.D Research Student, Information Management Department, National Central University, Tao-yuan County, Taiwan


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