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EPUB 3 Best Practices Book Now Available

February 26, 2013

O'Reilly Media has released  EPUB 3 Best Practices, the comprehensive guide to using all the new features of EPUB 3, with chapters covering accessibility, multimedia, global language support, font embedding and licensing, packaging and metadata, and more. A reviewer writes "EPUB 3 Best Practices gets right down to business to what you need to do to modify your EPUB 2 workflow to upgrade to EPUB 3".

IDPF 2013 Focus: EPUB 3 Adoption

February 26, 2013
Digital publishing has come a long way in the last two years, wtih eBooks now outselling hardcovers. EPUB has been a key standard at the heart of the eBook revolution. EPUB 3, which converges digital publishing with HTML5 and modern Web Standards, and delivers robust accessibility and global language support, is a monumental update to the standard. The roll-out of solutions adopting EPUB 3 continues, with reading systems such as Apple iBooks, Kobo, Google Play Books, and Ingram VitalSource already supporting EPUB 3, and publishers such as Hachette and O'Reilly starting to distribute EPUB 3 content. For 2013, the top priority of the IDPF is to accelerate the continued adoption of EPUB 3 by the industry as a whole, with a particular emphasis on e-textbooks and other publications that are being enabled by the proliferation of tablets and benefit from the new features of EPUB 3 (rich media, interactivity, enhanced styling, fixed layout, mathematics). Work continues to enhance the EPUB standard: member working groups are actively developing new specifications for dictionaries, indexes, and advanced/hybrid layout. But the primary goal of the IDPF during 2013 is very focused: get EPUB 3 broadly and fully adopted. A unified, interoperable global standard for eBooks and other digital publications is critical to the industry and consumers, and the IDPF is fully engaged to deliver on the promise of portable documents for the Open Web Platform by making EPUB 3 happen. Stay tuned for announcements soon of new IDPF initiatives to further that adoption.

Digital Minds Conference April 14 at LBF: IDPF Member Discount

February 25, 2013
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 - IDPF members use code LBF13IDPF to receive a 10% discount.

March 6 BISG Webcast: What's New (and On the Horizon) for EPUB 3?

February 20, 2013
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 .

IDPF HTML5 & EPUB 3 Seminar: March 25 at Paris Book Fair

February 12, 2013
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 ( and discover the next generation of digital publishing innovation and enhance your network by meeting leading digital experts convened in Paris.

O'Reilly TOC NYC 2013 - IDPF discount

December 10, 2012
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 (

DBW 2013: Jan 15-17, NYC - 20% off for IDPF members

December 10, 2012
Digital Book World 2013 ( 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.

Call for Speakers: IDPF Digital Book 2013 at BEA

December 10, 2012
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 by February 15, 2013.

IDPF EPUB 3 Awarded Best Technology Innovation at FutureBook

December 5, 2012
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."

IDPF Elects Board Members, Approves New Working Group

November 26, 2012
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 ( ).


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