The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), the international trade and standards association for the eBook and digital publishing industry has named Michael Smith its new executive director. As executive director Michael Smith is responsible for leading the operational and strategic efforts of the IDPF and reports to its nine member Board of Directors. The IDPF (www.IDPF.org) is comprised of approximately 100 leading publishing, technology, and non-profit companies and organizations.
New digital book search technologies, rollable-screens, e-ink displays, and innovative publishing business models are quickly transforming the landscape of the book world. On Wednesday, May 9th, 2007, at the Digital Book 2007 Conference, leading book publishers, software and device manufacturers, plus industry experts will demonstrate new technologies that are shaping the future of consumer options for enjoying digital book content. The one-day event at the McGraw-Hill Auditorium in New York City is part of the International Digital Publishing Forum's acclaimed educational event series.
The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), the standards and trade association for digital publishing, announced today the release of a new technical standard to facilitate digital content creation, distribution and use by consumers. In addition to the Open eBook Publication Structure (OEBPS), an XML standard for authoring digital books, the IDPF has now released a new standard for packaging a digital publication, including the contents of the publication, metadata, signatures, encryption, rights and other information into one standard file.
Major software companies and device manufacturers have announced plans to support new electronic book standards developed within the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). The companies will support these standards in their next generation software and devices, alleviating many of the previous file interoperability and production issues affecting the eBook industry and its customers.
Digital technology leaders that scan, search, narrate, link and electronically deliver millions of books will be addressing publishers and technologists on Wednesday, May 24th, 2006 at the International Digital Publishing Forum's Connected & Mobile 2006 Conference. IDPF is hosting this one-day event at the McGraw-Hill Auditorium in New York City as part of its acclaimed educational event series. Information and registration for the conference is available at www.idpf.org/mobile.
As Google, Yahoo, MSN, and Amazon race to digitize the books of the world, a similar race is underway by wireless device, reading technology and publishing software companies. With billions of publishing dollars at stake, which mobile devices, business models and technologies will emerge to create the platform of choice for the digital book generation? At the International Digital Publishing Forum's Connected & Mobile 2006 Conference on Wednesday, May 24th, 2006 in New York City, dozens of presenters and hands-on demonstrations will seek to provide the formula for success.
eBook publishers reported increases in revenue and unit sales over the same quarter the previous year (Q2 2004) with a 36% increase in eBook units sold and a 69% increase in eBook revenues. Also, publishers reported a 24% increase in titles published over Q2 2004.
Publishers reported 484,933 eBook units sold and $3,182,499 in revenues for the second quarter of 2005. They also reported 1024 eBooks published during this time.
Will 2006 be the year of the eBook? Based on the explosion of online users, growing popularity of downloadable media, and advances in mobile reading devices the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) is announcing several changes to its organizational structure as well as the election of a new Board of Directors.
The International Digital Publishing Forum released its annual industry list of top selling eBooks today. The list reflects the great diversity of eBook titles reaching the reading public. Dan Brown dominated the list with The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons and Digital Fortress in the top 5. The honors for bestselling eBook of 2005, however, went to George Lucas' screenplay for Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. Michael Crichton's State of Fear rounded out the top 5 best selling digital books.
The keynote address at the eBooks in Education Conference on Thursday, April 14, 2005 in New York City will be presented by Craig D. Swenson, Ph.D., the Provost and Senior VP for Academic Affairs at the University of Phoenix. Conference information is available at www.openebook.org/education. Dr. Swenson will present "How Professionals Learn Today—Intentional Learning and the Irrelevance of Textbooks".