Nearly 100 people attended the first-ever IDPF seminar in India this past Saturday, November 30 2013. Hosted by Adobe at their Noida campus (New Delhi area), with logistics support from DAISY India office, the event featured presenters from IDPF, W3C, Adobe, O'Reilly Media, Aptara, DAISY, and National Book Trust. Presentation files have been uploaded to the public event site: http://idpf.org/idpf-seminar-epub-and-the-open-web-platform-for-publishe... .
NYPL Labs and Readium.org are co-organizing an "Open Book" hack weekend at NYPL (42nd St. main building) January 11-13 2014. Sponsors include O'Reilly Media, Hypothes.is, and Perseus Books Group. For more information or to register visit: http://bit.ly/1b8lGA9 .
Building on the momentum established in the inaugural EDUPUB workshop (Oct 29-30, Boston), EDUPUB2 has now been announced and is open for participation EDUPUB2, hosted by IMS Global and co-sponsored by IDPF and W3C, will take place Feb 12-13 2014 in Salt Lake City, USA. EDUPUB 2 will be the 2nd in a series of workshops led by the global publishing and education segment to accelerate market adoption of digital textbooks and learning materials by collaborating on enabling open standards and best practices. More information: http://www.imsglobal.org/edupub/index.html
The EPUB Working Group recently started a project to develop a modular specification for annotations in EPUB (unfinished business per the EPUB 3 Charter). The results are expected to be aligned with Open Annotations, a specification being developed by the OpenAnnotations W3C Community Group. For more information about the project, including how members can participate, visit https://code.google.com/p/epub-revision/wiki/AnnotationsMainPage .
Register now for the November 30 IDPF Seminar on EPUB3 and HTML5 in Noida (New Delhi). Presenters include O'Reilly Media digital production manager and innovator Nellie McKesson, IDPF Executive Director Bill McCoy, and speakers from W3C, DAISY Consortium, Aptara, National Book Trust, and Adobe InDesign and Web teams. Thanks to the generosity of host Adobe and sponsor participants O'Reilly Media and Aptara the ticket price for this all-day event, including lunch, has been reduced to 2000 INR - 1500 INR for members of IDPF, W3C, DAISY, Federation of India Publishers (FEP), or Adobe InDesign User Group (IDUG). Learn how the Open Web Platform can help you deliver compelling digital books today and future-proof your content strategy for the future. Space is limited to register today at at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/epub-and-the-open-web-platform-for-publisher... .
The IDPF Board of Directors has formed a 2014 Nominating Committee, which is soliciting candidates for Director positions. Every primary representative of an IDPF member organization is eligible to serve on the board. Interested individuals should send a candidate statement by December 3, 2013 to email@example.com. Typically, a candidate statement would include a brief biography, and potentially reasons for running for the position and/or general vision or ideas for the IDPF. The Committee will also consider as candidates those current board members who wish to continue their service to the IDPF but whose term runs out this year. The IDPF Board's core responsibilities include representing member interests in developing the vision and strategic plan for the organization and providing oversight and guidance to staff and volunteers carrying out the work of the organization. Seven of fourteen seats on the IDPF Board will be elected in this cycle, for two-year terms. The Nominating Committee and IDPF Board anticipates recommending to the membership a slate of five or six candidates, which will leave at least one seat open for at-large election.
On November 7, 2013 the IDPF Board of Directors unanimously approved publication of a second Public Draft of EPUB Indexes 1.0. EPUB Indexes, developed by the EPUB 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. The draft specification is available at: http://www.idpf.org/epub/idx/ . Comments on the second draft specification are solicited through December 3, 2013.
On November 7, 2013 the IDPF Board of Directors unanimously approved elevation of EPUB 3.0.1 to public draft status. EPUB 3.0.1, developed by the EPUB Working Group, is a backwards-compatible minor update to EPUB 3 intended to address a number of minor errata and issues in EPUB 3.0, improve alignment with the latest Open Web Platform specifications, and provide extension points for modular extensions to EPUB that are presently under development. Comments on the draft specification are solicited through December 3, 2013.
As part of the ongoing EPUB 3 Implementation Project the Association for American Publishers (AAP) has made available a white paper that documents several outcomes of the cross-industry initiative, including the top 10 features deemed most critical for immediate implementation by participating publishers and reading system developers, as well as the top 13 tips for content publishers to create accessible EPUB 3 publications. For more information and to download the white paper, visit: http://publishers.org/press/117/ .
On Saturday, November 30, 2013, New Delhi will be the venue for an IDPF technical seminar on EPUB and the Open Web Platform for Publishers. Hosted by Adobe Systems at their Noida campus, the all-day event (9:00am-17:00pm) will cover the latest developments in EPUB 3, HTML5, and the Open Web Platform, aiming to give senior leaders and technologists at publishers and solution providers the information they need to know to efficiently create and distribute eBooks and other digital publications. Speakers include senior leaders at IDPF, DAISY, W3C, Adobe, the National Book Trust, O'Reilly Media, and Aptara who will cover the latest technical developments and showcase powerful tools and emerging best practices in the fast-evolving digital publishing industry. More information and registration: http://bit.ly/1elDRCB., The seminar is co-sponsored by W3C, DAISY Consortium, the National Book Trust, India, and the Federation of Indian Publishers (FEP).