Zotero developers read all threads, and community volunteers choose the questions they want to spend time on. Multiple people are able to answer most questions.
From my perspective I think it's nowhere clear how the team respond to feature requests at all. While it is encouraged to post them here, and well, a forum is about communication, a response of any kind would be worth. You can't just expect people to put feature requests into the void here and wait for years. Also, quite apparently here, it's not clear that +1 don't help as such. Yes, you can search for certain posts to understand that, but that's not what people do - it might be better to inform about the process elsewhere at signup or when creating a request. Or as an announcement as this platform is rather oldboned.
If you're a aware of certain feature requests, but have much to do, a quick post suffices. There were also ideas for implementation here, which also received no answer - if more than "+1" is wanted, a response helps. For what I read, many similar feature requests also got no answer. For years.
There is - at least in this forum - no other form of response than an written answer.
I understand that there is more work for the team than time, but it doesn't work to expect feature requests without handling those.
It seems the devs don't replay on here, but I hope they are reading this!
EPUBs are friendlier to e-readers (Kindles, Kobo readers, etc) and have better accessibility tools than PDFs.
The usefulness of EPUBs is great cause
- sometimes EPUBs are just better (accessibility, they are smaller both electronically than PDFs and physically than books)
- sometimes a EPUB is only option (high shipping cost, not available as book or just not as expensive)
Also there is no real solution to actually read and annotate across platforms without lock-in. The file format is more widely adopted by scientific publishers than before and probably this will continue.
Despite this usefulness we are approaching 2 years and not even concrete ideas for implementation were discussed. Probably we have to accept that this is something the devs are aware of, but don’t consider it for implementation anytime soon.
It seems unlikely that Zotero will support EPUB (or HTML, which I think is at least as important) viewing nor annotations any time soon, so I'm looking for other options that might do it for me. Though it would still be nice to use Zotero for the file/reference management of all these file types, and maybe even for syncing non-PDF annotations.
On the other hand, being able to read my epub book and annotate it everywhere (in class, together in group work or at home, or on the train) using different devices is so useful that even Apple promotes doing so (and users like it very much). Being able to do this using open source Zotero and maybe other apps would possibly be close to a game changer - if implemented so that people could use it without tedious technical setup.
But right now I am looking for such a setup (without Zotero), and even that is not easy in the open source world. So one of the questions would be which apps to interface with, on mobile devices? And how to do synchronization of reading progress, annotations, bookmarks?
As everything is taking years and decades in the open source world, especially if it is about interfaces, I would'n bet such an easy to use and devices-spanning workflow would be possible in the coming years....