Wattpad to Embrace Open Ebook Standard

New EPUB Support Paves the Way for Vast Amounts of New Content.

Toronto, Canada, September 28, 2009 --(PR.com)-- Wattpad, the world’s most popular ebook community, today announced its support for EPUB, the International Digital Publishing Forum’s XML-based standard for digital books and publications.

“We are excited about the support of EPUB, which is quickly becoming the de facto standard for ebooks,” said Eva Lau, COO of Wattpad. “It opens the door to a whole host of content from writers and publishers. It also paves the way to seamlessly publish our 100,000+ user generated ebooks to third parties.”

“It is essential for everyone in the ebook ecosystem to adopt the same standard,” said Michael Smith, executive director of International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). “We welcome Wattpad to the growing list of key players who have embraced the EPUB standard.”

EPUB has gained acceptance among book publishers and writers, many of whom are committed to publishing forthcoming titles in this format. With this enhancement, Wattpad users will be able to upload and read ebooks in EPUB format. In addition, it will also allow Wattpad to make available its huge library of ebooks to EPUB capable ebook services and ebook readers in the near future.

More information about Wattpad is available online at www.wattpad.com.

About Wattpad

Founded in 2006, Wattpad’s vision is to revolutionize the way people publish and read written works. The material on Wattpad is created by the community of users. Anyone can publish what they have written - a romantic story, a fan fiction, poetry or a novel - and read by anyone. All the content can be easily accessed on Wattpad's website (www.wattpad.com), mobile site (m.wattpad.com) or through the Wattpad application that supports over 1,000 phone models including Nokia, BlackBerry, Apple iPhone, Google Android, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, LG, Sharp, Sanyo and more.

Wattpad has experienced explosive growth since its inception. Wattpad is now the world's most popular ebook social network where readers and writers discover, share and connect, delivering billions of pages from its library of over 100,000 ebooks created by the community. Wattpad generates more than 3M visits and 25M pageviews per month from its website and mobile site. With over 4 million downloads, Wattpad is also the most widely used mobile ebook application in the world.

About the International Digital Publishing Forum

The International Digital Publishing Forum is a non-profit trade and standards organization for the digital publishing industry representing over 120 companies and organizations. IDPF developed and maintains the EPUB standards. Further information about the organization and industry, including membership information, can be obtained by visiting www.idpf.org.
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