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IDPF has launched the microsite EPUBZone to provide a central place for information and resources about the EPUB standard. EPUBZone encourages enhanced communication between all stakeholders in the global publishing industry. Read more ›

  • IDPF in partnership with the Frankfurt Book Fair/CONTEC and the MVB will present a workshop at the fair on Digital Standards, taking place on Thursday October 9th, 9.30 - 11am in Hall 4.2, Room Dimension - http://www.buchmesse.de/en/businessclub/schedule/contec/event/01630/index.html

  • Over 100 China publishing industry leaders convened in Beijing’s Crowne Plaza Hotel on August 29 at IDPF@BIBF, the first China event produced by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). IDPF@BIBF, held in conjunction with the 20th Beijing International Book Fair, focused on key issues and opportunities presented by the global expansion of digital publishing across segments of the traditional publishing industry (trade, reference, academic, scientific and education) . IDPF@BIBF was a “tremendous success” declared Mr. Liu Bogan, Vice President, China Publishing Group, in his closing remarks.
  • EDUPUB Tokyo 2014, the next convocation of the global community developing a global open platform for e-textbooks and other learning content, will take place September 16-18 in Shinagawa Tokyo, at Microsoft Japan HQ. For more information and to apply to be a presenter or attendee please visit http://www.jepa.or.jp/edupub/early.html .
  • EPUB 3.0.1 has been overwhelmingly approved by the IDPF membership as a final Recommended Specification, superseding EPUB 3.0 to become the current version of the EPUB Standard. EPUB 3.0.1 is a minor revision, focusing primarily on bug fixes and errata for the 3.0 specification, together with several minor backwards-compatible additions. A quorum of 95 IDPF member representatives voted in this election (50% of eligible members), with 93 voting in favor and 1 voting against (with 1 abstention), for an overall approval percentage of 99%, exceeding the Super-Majority of 66%, required by IDPF policies and procedures.
  • The IDPF today announced the elevation of four specifications to public draft status: EPUB 3 EDUPUB Profile, Open Annotation in EPUB, EPUB Distributable Objects, and EPUB Widget Packaging and Integration .
  • LONDON, UK – 9 April 2014 (PRESS RELEASE): The IDPF is pleased to announce the launch of its new microsite – EPUBZone.org, the Community and News site for all things EPUB.

  • EDUPUB Europe 2014 will take place in Oslo, Norway, 19 June 2014. The meeting will provide an update on current progress of the EDUPUB initiative to advance the effective adoption and use of e-textbooks and other digital learning materials by improving interoperability, accessibility, and baseline capabilities via broad adoption of enabling technical standards. The workshop is co-sponsored by IDPF and IMS Global Learning and hosted by ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC36 and Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences / LACE project. The agenda and registration details for the workshop are available at: http://idpf.org/edupub-europe-2014 .
  • The IDPF Board has approved elevation of EPUB Dictionaries (http://www.idpf.org/epub/dict/) to public draft status.
  • The IDPF Board recently approved working group recommendations to advance the specifications of EPUB 3.0.1 and EPUB Indexes to Proposed Specification status. A final member and public review and comment period for both of these specifications will be open through April 30, after which the final step according to IDPF policies would be a member vote to approve as Recommended Specifications. EPUB Indexes, developed by the IDPF Indexes Working Group, defines a consistent way of encoding the structure and content of indexes in EPUB Publications. Reading Systems can exploit this encoding to offer not only the benefits of a print index but also interactive functionality and features not possible in a print book. EPUB 3.0.1 is a minor maintenance release update to EPUB 3.0, developed by the umbrella IDPF EPUB Working Group. It incorporate a number of corrections to errors and omissions, and updates normative references to the latest versions of dependent specifications.
  • The IDPF will hold a technical workshop on Sequential Art (Comics, Manga, Bandes dessinées, and new form) on March 26, 2014 in Paris, France, hosted by Cap Digital, and via web meeting. The goals of this international workshop are to inform IDPF members and other interested parties about the new features for fixed-layout EPUB that have been developed by the Advanced-Hybrid Layout (AHL) Working Group, to determine what gaps may still remain in EPUB relative to requirements for digital comics and manga (such as interactive cutscenes and other advanced inter- and intra-page transition effects), and to reach consensus of stakeholders on an action plan to address these gaps and ensure that EPUB is a complete foundation for rich, interactive digital comics and manga on a global basis. For more information on the event and how to participate, visit the event page at http://idpf.org/idpf-comics-manga-workshop-paris .

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