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RE: MPEG as packaging for audio books

From: Siegman, Tzviya <tsiegman@wiley.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2019 20:19:44 +0000
To: "'singer@apple.com'" <singer@apple.com>
CC: W3C Publishing Working Group <public-publ-wg@w3.org>
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HI Dave,

Happy new year. The Publishing WG is looking into audiobooks as the first implementation of packaged web publications. I believe you spoke to my co-chair Wendy Reid from Kobo, who knows far more about audio books than I do. There is a heated discussion on GitHub about the appropriate packaging mechanism for audiobooks.  There are many pros and cons to using the specialized version of zip that is used for EPUB, and we are still considering other options. Based on discussions with you at TPAC, we are looking at MPEG [1]. I am wondering if you might have a few minutes to comment on why that would or wouldn't be a good idea.

One interesting thread to be aware of is feedback that Wendy received from Blackstone, a very large audiobook publisher, summarized at [2].

Thank you,

[1] https://github.com/w3c/wpub/issues/352#issuecomment-445938724
[2] https://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-publ-wg/2018Dec/0088.html

Tzviya Siegman
Information Standards Lead
Received on Wednesday, 2 January 2019 20:20:08 UTC

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