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Moved "static" functions (the ones that already were static, an the ones
that should be) into helper classes to cleanup the ever growing EPUB

Adding Rendition an AppleIbooks helper classes (epub3 only for now)

Updated examples and code to always name files xhtml (required due to
ePubCheck 4.0.1)

PHP ePub generator

PHPePub allows a php script to generate ePub Electronic books on the fly, and send them to the user as downloads.

PHPePub support most of the ePub 2.01 specification, and enough of the new ePub3 specification to make valid ePub 3 books as well.

The projects is also hosted on at the addresses:

PHPePub is meant to be easy to use for small projects, and still allow for comples and complete e-books should the need arise.

The Zip.php class in this project originates from

or on Github: git://

See the examples for example usage. The php files have "some" doumentation in them in the form of Javadoc style function headers.



Add this requirement to your composer.json file:

    "grandt/phpepub": ">=4.0.3"


If you already have Composer installed, skip this part.

Packagist, the main composer repository has a neat and very short guide. Or you can look at the guide at the Composer site.

The easiest for first time users, is to have the composer installed in the same directory as your composer.json file, though there are better options.

Run this from the command line:

php -r "readfile('');" | php

This will check your PHP installation, and download the composer.phar, which is the composer binary. This file is not needed on the server though.

Once composer is installed you can create the composer.json file to import this package.

    "require": {
        "grandt/phpepub": ">=4.0.3",
        "php": ">=5.3.0"

Followed by telling Composer to install the dependencies.

php composer.phar install

this will download and place all dependencies defined in your composer.json file in the vendor directory.

Finally, you include the autoload.php file in the new vendor directory.

    require 'vendor/autoload.php';


  • The goal being to encompass the majority of the features in the ePub 2.0 and 3.0 specifications, except the Daisy type files.
  • Add better handling of Reference structures.
  • Improve handling of media types and linked files.
  • A/V content is allowed, but definitely not recommended, and MUST have a fallback chain ending in a valid file. If no such chain is provided, the content should not be added.
  • Documentation, no one reads it, but everyone complains if it is missing.
  • Better examples to fully cover the capabilities of the EPub classes.
  • more TODO's.
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