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Call For Participation: EDUPUB Workshop (Oct. 29-30, Boston)

July 30, 2013
IDPF today announced EDUPUB, an IDPF workshop on digital publishing for education. The workshop will take place October 29-30, 2013 in Boston (USA). EDUPUB is hosted by Pearson Education and organizationally co-sponsored by W3C and IMS Global Learning, with corporate sponsors including Aptara and SPi Global. The workshop goal is to assess the current state of the art and identify critical gaps that need to be filled to advance the effective global adoption and use of e-textbooks and digital learning materials. Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to share their own perspectives, requirements, and ideas to help ensure that EPUB, the overall Open Web Platform of which it’s a part, and eLearning-specific standards harmoniously evolve to better meet the needs of education publishing. EDUPUB workshop program co-chairs are Paul Belfanti (Director, Content Architecture, Pearson North America) and Markus Gylling (CTO, IDPF and DAISY Consortium.). Workshop program committee members including executives and senior leaders from W3C, IMS Global Learning, Pearson, Apex Covantage, Aptara, Benetech, Cengage, CourseSmart, Google, Hachette Livre, Ingram/VitalSource, Inkling, Jouve, Kaplan, KERIS (Korea), McGraw-Hill Education, SPi Global, Sophia University (Japan) and other leading organizations involved in education publishing . Prospective participants are asked to submit a position paper or statement of interest by August 23, 2013. For more information on the workshop including how to participate see: http://idpf.org/edupub-2013 .

AAP Announces EPUB 3 Implementation Project

July 22, 2013
The Association of American Publishers (AAP) today announced a major initiative to rapidly advance EPUB 3 adoption over the next six months. IDPF is pleased to partner with the AAP, other IDPF members, and other industry stakeholders on this important initiative. The project will have a key focus on expanding accessibility for people who are blind or have other print disabilities. As part of the initiative AAP will host a workshop on September 10 in New York City to define and prioritize actionable projects around EPUB 3 implementation. More information: http://publishers.org/epub3implementationproject/ .

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European eBook Interoperability Study Recommends EPUB 3

May 21, 2013
A study of interoperabillity of eBooks, commissioned by the European & International Booksellers Federation (EIBF), has recommended EPUB 3. The report was prepared by Professor Christoph Bläsi and Professor Franz Rothlauf of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, and states: "There is no technical or functional reason not to use and establish EPUB 3 as an/the interoperable (open) ebook format standard.", noting that EPUB 3 supports all features needed for multimedia and interactive e-books. The report highlights the open source work of the recently established Readium Foundation as a meanas to promote increased interoperability across EPUB implementations and argues the feasibility of development of interoperable DRM (Digital Rights Management) technology for the EPUB ecosystem. On May 16, at the EIBF Annual Conference in Brussels, the report was formally presented to Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EU Commission for the Digital Agenda, who welcomed the study with praise: "Interoperability is a major requirement to build a truly digital society... Now is the time for open standards regarding ebooks". EIBF release with link to full report: http://bit.ly/19APyB5 .

Solutions Provider Showcase Participants Selected for Digital Book 2013

May 16, 2013

The IDPF has announced the nine companies that have been selected as lucky participants in the upcoming Solution Provider Showcase at IDPF DB13 at BookExpo America. Each company will have a chance to demonstrate their product or service in a lightning-fast (under 5 minutes!) presentation. The most innovative company will be awarded two complimentary tickets to the 2014 IDPF Digital Book Conference, a free one-year membership to IDPF and of course, bragging rights! 

The presenting companies are:

Angela Bole to Lead Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)

April 25, 2013

IDPF congratulates BISG’s Deputy Executive Director and IDPF Board member Angela Bole, who been appointed the next Executive Director of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). IBPA is the largest not-for-profit trade organization for publishers in the United States, representing over 4,000 small and independent publishers and self-published authors. Angela will succeed Florrie Binford Kichler in this position.

Electronic Book Publishers Assoc. of Japan Publishes EPUB 3 File Creation Guide

April 24, 2013

The Electronic Book Publishers Association of Japan (EBPAJ) this week published an English language translation of the EBPAJ EPUB 3 File Creation Guide (available at http://ebpaj.jp/guide.html). This information was created by EPBAJ "to help corporate members of the Electronic Book Publishers Association of Japan (EBPAJ) create EPUB 3 files for trade books in accordance with the specification of International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF)".

Readium Foundation, EPUB 3 SDK Project Launched

March 25, 2013

IDPF and two dozen other initial members today announced a new Readium Foundation, formed to promote EPUB 3 and the Open Web Platform via open source development. A new Readium SDK open source project, developing an EPUB 3 rendering engine optimized for tablets and other mobile devices, was also unveiled today. Read the full article on readium.org at: http://readium.org/readium-foundation-announced .

Call for review - public draft of EPUB Indexes

March 14, 2013

On March 7, 2013 the IDPF Board of Directors unanimously approved elevation of EPUB Indexes to public draft status. This draft specification, produced 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. Comments on the draft specification are solicited through April 15, 2013. IDPF members may submit comments via the EPUB WG mailing list. Members and non-members alike are also welcome to submit comments via email to the working group co-chair.

International Publishers Association Endorses EPUB 3 as Global Standard

March 12, 2013
The International Publishers Association (IPA) today announced that its Board has endorsed EPUB 3. Jens Bammel, IPA’s Secretary General, said: “Digital publishing is now truly global. IPA strongly urges all publishing industry stakeholders to adopt EPUB 3 so that the publishing industry can achieve an interoperable and fully accessible global standard for e-books and other digital publications." Full text of the release (via Library Journal INFODocket) : http://bit.ly/Wksxzf .

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