A couple of weeks ago I blogged about EPUB files being available in PubMed Central on the SDSU Library’s website. I was extremely excited about this because I think it represents an exciting use of open source technologies for enhancing library services.
The hope with a format like this is that readers would be more willing and able to read their articles on tablets and afforded certain enhancements like marking up their articles with notes and organizing their resources by subject, title and author.
At closer glance, it doesn’t seem that the possibilities of this project have been fully realized.
The problem is that when you download an article, you don’t actually see the title, author or subject information in iBooks. I still like the EPUB format as a standard but I would say that EPUBs in PubMed leave some to be desired..
If I were to enhance this project I would allow for the ability to at least edit the metadata within the ePub file itself. For that, one would have to download an ePub editor but it still isn’t clear that you’d be able to edit the files even then.