Mumbai-based Hurix, a leading digital solutions company, has added a major feature to its KITABOO e-book platform to enable fully automated PDF-to-EPub3 fixed layout conversion.

“Educational and trade publishers are increasingly focused on fixed layout EPub3 as an open industry format for creating rich and interactive e-books for their students and readers,” says executive v-p of product solutions Sri Subramanian, pointing out that “in July 2013, for instance, the Association of American Publishers announced its EPub3 implementation project with the goal of rapidly advancing the adoption of EPub3 by publishers and retailers. A large number of titles using the standard are set for release by early 2014.” But the underlying architecture of PDF documents, he adds, “makes such conversion challenging and costly. So our product team has invested significant time and effort over the last six months to resolve these issues, to the point that the PDF-to-EPub3 conversion is now done at almost the click of a button.”

Many Hurix clients have used the fully automated PDF-to-EPub3 engine, and “they are extremely excited over the possibilities brought by this new feature. On our part, we were thrilled by the response received from publishers and industry participants who had a chance to experiment with KITABOO and the conversion engine at the recently concluded Frankfurt Book Fair,” says Subramaniam, adding that “complex textbooks, illustrated trade books and children’s titles need the print layout to be preserved in e-books for a superior reading experience.”

KITABOO Product Suite provides end-to-end solutions for publishers, institutions and corporates in publishing and distribution of e-books securely across multiple platforms while another Hurix product, cloud-based DICTERA platform, enables authoring, management and publishing of e-learning content on HTML5.

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