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Transforming Institutional Publishing:
June 29, Brussels

IDPF are proud to co-host this event in Brussels with the Interinstitutional Digital Publishing Committee of the EU. Only a limited number of places available at this exclusive event. Full Program and attendance information here.

  • The IDPF EPUB Working Group is holding a face-to-face meeting at the Google offices in NYC (111 8th Ave (on 15th street and 8th Ave)) on October 8 and 9 (all day on 8th and morning of 9th). The purpose of this meeting is to work on identified issues and solution proposals relating to the EPUB 3.1 revision. All IDPF member organizations are invited to participate.
  • Five modular extensions to EPUB 3.0.1 have been approved as final Recommended Specifications.  The specifications include:
  • The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) will later this year formally launch a new European headquarters in Paris, France. IDPF Europe will be co-located with European headquarters for the affiliated Readium Foundation (, hosted by a newly created European Digital Reading Lab (EDRLab).

  • Following on from last year's highly successful event, IDPF@BIBF is a one day conference on August 28, 2015 at the Beijing International Book Fair, focusing on the general trend of digital publishing and readers. Industry experts will look at the current market situation and the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

  • The Board of Directors of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) has unanimously approved elevation of five specifications of modular extensions to EPUB to Draft status with a call for member and public review.
  • June 29 sees the gathering of of a broad range of institutions at this one day conference in Brussels. IDPF are delighted to be co-organizers of this event alongside the Interinstitutional Digital Publishing Committee of the EU where delegates can look forward to an intensive day discussing challenges and opportunities that today's dynamic publishing ecosystem presents.

  • Member organizations of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) have elected six board members, including two new directors and four re-elected incumbents. New directors include Graham Bell (EDItEUR) and Eoin Noble (Safari Books Online). Incumbent directors re-elected in this cycle include the elected Board President, George Kerscher (DAISY Consortium) as well as Garth Conboy (Google), Pierre Danet (Hachette Livre) and Cristina Mussinelli (Italian Publishers Association).
  • The IDPF Board of Directors is considering the merits of migrating from their current Intellectual Property (IP) Policy, which provides for RAND (Reasonable and Non-DIscriminatory) patent license commitments by members to adopters, to an IP Policy that would provide for RF (Royalty Free) patent license commitments. We consider it very beneficial that, to the best of our knowledge, no patent claims specific to EPUB have ever been asserted to date.
  • EPUB 3.0 was recently published by the International Standards Organization as ISO/IEC TS 30135 (parts 1-7). EPUB 3.0 was submitted to ISOi/IEC JTC 1 SC34 (Joint Technical Committee 1, Subcommittee 34, Document description and processing languages) by the government of South Korea, in cooperation with the IDPF. During the by-country voting and subsequent ballot resolution process, several dozen minor specification issues with EPUB 3.0 reported by ISO experts have been resolved in the latest revision of EPUB, EPUB 3.0.1, which recently became the current version of the EPUB Standard. The IDPF anticipates continued collaboration with ISO, with the expectation to submit to JTC 1 a forthcoming EPUB 3.1 update as a prospective full International Standard.
  • The next gathering of the EDUPUB community will take place in Phoenix, Arizona (USA) on February 26 and 27, 2015. A preliminary program is now available,  and registration is open.  The summit will launch the implementation phase of EDUPUB, a cross-organizational initiative to develop  a comprehensive open platform for next-generation learning content based on EPUB 3, IMS standards for learning environment integration, and the overall Open Web Platform.

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