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Amazon HTML5 Kindle format may already be in graphic novels

updated 07:30 pm EST, Wed December 14, 2011

New e-book format already in hands of publishers

Amazon may be beta testing its new Kindle e-book format with selected publishers. The new format, referred to by Amazon as Kindle Format 8 (KF8), provides support for HTML5-based content. The Digital Reader, which revealed the testing, also reports that a number of graphic novels may already be available in the format and readable by the new Kindle Fire.

Amazon has developed the KF8 e-book format to optimize the capabilities of the recently released Android tablet and other full mobile platforms. It's said to be especially suited to children's picture books, comics and graphic novels, technical and engineering books, and cookbooks. The KF8 supports many but not all HTML5 features. Javascript is not supported, nor are certain common HTML5 tags, including Canvas, Command, Form, Input, and KeyGen.

Amazon hasn't confirmed the details or said how soon it planned to fully adopt KF8.

by MacNN Staff



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