DocBook-XSL 1.74.1 Released with Improved ePub Output

By Keith Fahlgren
February 17, 2009 | Comments: 2

, the first stable release of the DocBook Stylesheets with ePub output support, has just been released.

This release includes:

  • Better looking covers in Adobe Digital Editions thanks to a patch from
    Paul Norton (Adobe)

  • More flexible cover handling in general (including limited DocBook 5.0 cover
    support) thanks to patch contributed by Liza Daly (Threepress)

  • Cover markup that now carries more reliably into files destined for .mobi and
    the Kindle

  • Wider support for numbering schemes when generating dc:identifiers

  • Improvements to SEO and semantic structure of component XHTML files by controlling heading levels

  • Basic support for embedding fonts

  • Support for embedding a CSS customization

You can use this release to generate ePubs from your DocBook files with either the included Ruby script epub/bin/dbtoepub or in Python with docbook2epub from the epub-tools project.

Bugs are welcome at the DocBook-XSL bugtracker.


Apple has just released Ipad with similar pricing and seemingly better features for their base model. Do you think this will affect the Amazon Kindle market? Thanks :)

I don`t like the ne iPad or the new eraders for ebooks, a book is suppose to be something with pages you can tough and read on.



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