Is it OK to use a video instead of an image for a cover page?

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I have a request to make an accessible epub for which a video would be used instead of a simple image for the cover page. I’m thinking the actual cover-image could be another image, tagged in the manifest, which would free up the epub:type=”cover” section for different content, but looking at the DAISY knowledge base, there’s no mention for (or against) using a video within the epub:type=”cover” section instead of an image.

So… is this type of situation acceptable? And if so, are there special formatting/attribute requirements?

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Hi Francis,

Thank you for this interesting topic!

I believe most e-ink devices, which are what the majority of digital consumers read on, would not support a video cover. As you mentioned, you can use an image for the cover and tag it in the manifest. The video can be added as one of the frontmatter sections of the book in a separate xhtml file, using the proper accessibility guidelines for videos in EPUBs. (Refer to:

I don’t believe there would be an issue using epub:type=”cover” for this section since this is what the section is intended to be. You can also mention in the accessibility summary that the book includes a video cover, and it can also be added as an item in the landmarks and EPUB TOC for readers to navigate to.

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