News and Events

Update on EPUB Lightweight Copy Protection Activity

September 13, 2012

IDPF received 8 responses to its recent request for proposals for solutions to potential requirements for standardizing a lightweight copy protection technology for EPUB. Specific proposals were received from DRMinside, FileOpen Systems, Kobo, Marlin Developer Community, RHK, and Sony DADC.

Tokyo Book Fair Video Now Available

August 23, 2012

Video of IDPF's EPUB 3 conference last month at the Tokyo International Book Fair is now available, courtesy of Voyager Japan, whose CEO (and IDPF Board member) Masaaki Hagino served as MC for the event.

BISG Endorses EPUB 3 as the "Accepted and Preferred" Standard

August 6, 2012

The Book Industry Study Group (BISG), the leading U.S. book trade association for standardized best practices, research, and educatinon, today issued a press release endorsing EPUB 3 as the "accepted and preferred format" for Web Standards-based digital content. The announcement noted that their endorsment "addresses the critical need for the global book publishing industry to rally around a single standard... in order to impede ... fragmentation".

IDPF HTML5 & EPUB 3 Workshop at Frankfurt: Early-Bird Rate Until August 15

July 31, 2012

On October 11 2012 during Frankfurt Book Fair IDPF and Frankfurt Academy will host an in-depth technical workshop on practical opportunities and challenges for publishers for creating and delivering complex and enhanced eBooks via HTML5 and EPUB 3.

Japanese Government Sponsored Digitization Project Adopts EPUB 3

July 31, 2012

Under the auspices of the recently formed Pubridge, aka DPIJ (Digital Publishing Initiative Japan Co, Ltd. -, the Kindigi (Urgent Content Digitization Project) has received 1B Yen ($12.5M) in funding from the Japanese government. On July 27 2012 it was announced that EPUB 3 will be supported by this initiative.

Request for Proposals on Lightweight Content Protection for EPUB

July 20, 2012

The IDPF on July 20, 2012 published a request for proposals for standardizing interoperable lightweight content protection technology for EPUB, available at: Interested parties are invited to submit proposals by August 31, 2012.  The updated RFP is a follow-up to the initial draft of use cases and requirements, published May 18, 2012 (with a request for comments).

IDPF and Korean Government Agency Agree on Collaboration

July 10, 2012

Seoul, July 10, 2012 (NEWS RELEASE) - The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) and Korea Education & Research Information Service (KERIS) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to advance the standardization of digital publishing technology in South Korea. Signed today in Seoul by KERIS President Chulkyun Kim and IDPF Executive Director Bill McCoy, the MOU provides for a number of measures to advance the adoption and quality of digital textbooks and other publications based on the EPUB standard.

EPUB 3 Support a Highlight of eBook Expo Tokyo Conference

July 9, 2012
On July 4 the IDPF's first major Asian event, an EPUB 3 conference at eBook Expo Tokyo, attracted nearly 400 attendees. Rakuten Group Manager Ren Ando underscored Rakuten's commitment to EPUB 3 as a key global standard, explaining that Rakuten-Kobo's new Japanese eBook store, to go live later this month, would exclusively support EPUB 3. IDPF CTO Markus Gylling along with representatives of Voyager Japan, ACCESS and ATDO demonstrated publicly for the first time vertical writing and other Japanese typography features in the IDPF-sponsored open source Readium project.

IDPF Digital Book 2012 Is a Wrap

June 13, 2012

IDPF Digital Book 2012 at BEA was another sell-out event, with a record well over 1000 attendees. Thanks to all of our speakers and sponsors for making the program a great success. Save the date for our next IDPF Digital Book conference at BEA: June 3-4 2013.

Comment Period for Lightweight Content Protection for EPUB Extended Until June 29

June 11, 2012
At the request of several members and other interested parties, the comment period on the draft of use cases and requirements for a potential lightweight content protection technology for EPUB published on May 18, 2012 has been extended until Friday, June 29. See the original notice for more details and background. As noted in the original announcement, comments are solicited on any additional high priority use cases and requirements not encompassed in this initial straw-man document, the overall desirability of a standardized solution in this area, and regarding the relative priority of a solution vs. other IDPF activities. Please direct comments to bmccoy "at" Comments received will be by default considered public; however, IDPF member organizations may request anonymity, or for feedback to remain limited to IDPF management and Board. IDPF leadership will also endeavor to take account of published comments (e.g. blog posts) on this topic.


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