Sunday April 14, the eve of The London Book Fair, the Digital Minds Conference returns for a fifth year, with a broadened theme of "The Future of Publishing Content". This year's program and speakers are top-notch, and should make for a stimulating day at the superior QEII Conference Center in Westminster, Central London. Register now at https://www1.registerbynet.com/reg.asp?showcode=lbf13 - IDPF members use code LBF13IDPF to receive a 10% discount.
On March 6 2013, 1:00pm ET, BISG is presenting a live 60-minute webcast on the latest developments in EPUB 3 ecosystem. Bill Kasdorf (VP of Apex and Chair of BISG's Content Structure Committee) and Markus Gylling (CTO of the IDPF and Chair of IDPF's EPUB 3 Working Group) will cover key topics publishers need to know including: Update on current reading system adoption of EPUB 3... EPUB 3 resources from BISG including: EPUB 3 Support Grid and the upcoming Field Guide to Fixed Layout... IDPF open source tools including EPUBCheck and Readium... upcoming additions to the EPUB specs and ISO standardization process ... and much more. To register visit http://www.bisg.org/events-0-904-live-webcast-whats-new-and-on-the-horiz... .
IDPF is pleased to announce a technical seminar on HTML5, EPUB 3, and digital book production on March 25, 2013 at the Paris Book Fair (Salon du Livre). The day-long program (bi-lingual French/English) will cover the nuts and bolts of HTML5 and EPUB 3 from a publisher's perspective, and provide practical examples of best practices and emerging tools for cost-effectively producing, managing, and distributing digital book content and metadata. Register now (http://www.salondulivreparis.com/GB/PRO/IDPF-PE.htm) and discover the next generation of digital publishing innovation and enhance your network by meeting leading digital experts convened in Paris.
O’Reilly’s Tools of Change for Publishing Conference is happening February 12-14, 2013 in New York City. TOC is where the publishing and tech industries converge to explore ideas and join together to navigate publishing's ongoing transformation. Save 15% on registration by using discount code IDPF (http://toccon.com?cmp=mp-toc-tc13-idpf-promo).
Digital Book World 2013 (www.digitalbookworld.com) will take place Jan 15-17 in New York City. DBW is focused on giving trade publishers hard data and actionable strategies. DBW has extended a 20% discount to IDPF members. Register using code DBWIDPF.
A call for speakers is now open for IDPF Digital Book 2013 at Book Expo America (May 29-30 NYC Javits Center). IDPF Digital Book at BEA is a multi-faceted conference with three content tracks targeting business & marketing, technology & production , and education & STMS publishing. Over 1000 attendees are expected. Please send speaker proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 15, 2013.
At the FutureBook Innovation Awards, held as part of this week's FutureBook Conference in London, IDPF was the winner in the category of best technology innovation, for EPUB 3. Mark Bide, EDItEUR and newly elected IDPF Board member, accepted the award on behalf of IDPF. Mark Marjurey, commercial director, digital at Taylor & Francis said: “Over the last ten years publishers have been beset by the challenges of developing e-book content fragmented across various proprietary formats and devices. EPUB 3 finally delivers us an open standard with which we can foster interactivity, enhanced content, full accessibility for the visually impaired, and begin to tackle the vagaries of device incompatibility. From authors to publishers to readers, this is something we can all get behind."
The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) today announced the election of four new members of its board of directors, the re-election of its President and two incombent directors, and approval of a new working group charter. The new IDPF directors are:
Mark Bide - EDItEUR;
Pierre Danet - Hachette-Livre;
Keith Fahlgren - Safari Books Online;
Adam Witwer - O'Reilly Media;
Current directors Garth Conboy (Google) and Cristina Mussinelli (Italian Publishers Association) were reelected, and George Kerscher (DAISY) was re-elected as IDPF President.
Members also approved the charter for a new Advanced/Hybrid Layout working group ( http://idpf.org/charters/2012/layout/ahl.html ).
Fourteen candidates submitted nominations for election to seven seats on the IDPF Board of Directors, including the elected President position. These candidates are affiliated with IDPF member organizations from Asia, Europe, and North America, including publishers, reading system vendors and service providers. The election is underway from today (November 5) through November 21, 2012. Each IDPF member Primary Representative is eligible to vote on behalf of their organization, and should have received an email ballot.
A recent article in Bloomberg Businessweek credits EPUB as an enabler for e-Books (beyond manga) to finally start getting traction in Japan: "... Japan’s e-reader dark ages may be ending. EPUB 3.0, the latest open-standard software for digital readers developed by the International Digital Publishing Forum, an electronic publishing trade group, can display Japanese text vertically.