News and Events

Call for Participation: IDPF workshop on Advanced/Hybrid Fixed Layouts in EPUB (July 6 2012, Tokyo)

June 10, 2012
A workshop on Advanced/Hybrid Fixed Layouts in EPUB will be held on July 6 2012 in Tokyo Japan and via Web / conference call (details TBD). All IDPF members are invited to participate (see RSVP information below for physical attendance). The primary goal of the workshop is to develop a statement of work, including an outline of a potential new Working Group charter, for EPUB support for a related set of use cases for advanced fixed-layout publications, primarily focused on multiple renditions (.epub files that contain multiple root files / package documents). Specific areas of concern include rendition selection, rendition mapping, and intra/inter-page navigation.

IDPF Presents EPUB 3 at BEA: June 7

June 6, 2012

On June 7, 2012 IDPF CTO Markus Gylling and Executive Director Bill McCoy will give an overview of what's new in EPUB 3, discuss the rollout of EPUB 3 support in Reading Systems and authoring tools, and cover the future roadmap for EPUB. The session in the BEA Education Program runs from 9:30am until 10:20am in room 1E09 and is free to all BEA badge holders.

Attributor receives 2012 IDPF Innovation Award @ BEA

June 6, 2012

On June 6, 2012, IDPF Executive Director Bill McCoy presented Attributor with the inaugural IDPF Innovation Award @ BEA, including a trophy and two free passes to IDPF's next flagship conference, Digital Book 2013 at BEA. The over 60 exhibitors in the BEA Digital Discovery Zone were evaluated by a panel of four judges including McCoy, Markus Gylling (CTO, IDPF & DAISY Consortium), Bil Kasdorf (VP, Apex Content Solutions), and Joe Wikert (GM & Publisher and Chair of TOC, O'Reilly Media).

EPUB 3 Samples: Now Showing - All EPUB 3 Features

May 21, 2012
The EPUB 3 samples project ( has continued to progress, and now includes over two dozen sample files which collectively touch on every major feature of EPUB 3 as well as the recently approved EPUB 3 Fixed Layout Metadata specification. These samples are licensed under a Creative Commons "Share Alike" license. Additional samples are still needed to broaden and deepen coverage; for information on contributing see

Request for Comments: Use Cases & Requirements for Lightweight Content Protection for EPUB

May 17, 2012
The IDPF on May 18, 2012 published a draft of use cases and requirements for lightweight content protection technology for EPUB, available at: Comments from members and other interested parties are requested by Friday, June 8. Comments are particularly solicited regarding the priority of this activity versus other potential IDPF-mediated projects. Also requested are comments on any additional high priority use cases and requirements not encompassed in this initial straw-man document, and regarding the overall desirability of a solution embodying the proposed requirements, or any standardized solution in this area. The document describes requirements for a potential content protection scheme for EPUB. It outlines what would be a “lightweight” scheme, occupying a middle ground between strong DRM and DRM-free. This would enable sharing with or without watermarking, but, unlike watermarking alone, cracks would be considered definitively illegal.

IDPF EPUB 3 Conference at International eBook Expo Tokyo

May 15, 2012

Tokyo, May 15, 2012 (PRESS RELEASE) -  The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) today announced the EPUB 3 Conference, which will be held at 16th International eBook Expo Tokyo at Tokyo Big Sight on July 4, 2012. This event will be the first publicly held large scale Asian event organized by IDPF, whose growing membership of over 300 organizations is now over one-third from the region.

IDPF at London Book Fair & Conference

April 11, 2012

IDPF Executive Director Bill McCoy will lead the "Platforms and Standards" session at the LBF Digital Minds Conference (Sunday, 15 April). There's still time to register.  IDPF will have a stand during the London Book Fair Exposition (April 16-18). Members and others are cordially invited to visit booth T755 in the digital zone to learn more about EPUB 3, and other IDPF activities.

IDPF Unveils Program, Speakers for Digital Book 2012 at BEA

April 10, 2012

New York, NY, April 10, 2012 (PRESS RELEASE) – The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) announced today the preliminary program and speakers for Digital Book 2012 at BEA ( The conference, held in partnership with BookExpo America (BEA), will be held June 4-5, 2012, in New York City’s Javits Center, and is expected to draw global leaders in the publishing industry, including technologists, marketers, retailers, solution providers, publishers, authors, and agents.

Hachette Livre Group joins Readium Project

March 15, 2012

March 15, 2012 (PRESS RELEASE) Hachette Livre (including Hachette Book Group and Hachette UK) today announced that it is joining the Readium Project, a new initiative by the International Digital Publishing Forum. The Readium Project aims to ensure that open source software for handling EPUB® 3 publications is readily available, to accelerate adoption of EPUB 3 as the universal, accessible, global digital publishing format. This will be achieved by building on WebKit, the widely adopted open source HTML5 rendering engine.

EPUB 3 Fixed Layout Metadata Finalized

March 15, 2012

On March 13, 2012 the IDPF Board of Directors unanimously approved elevation of EPUB 3 Fixed Layout Documents to be an IDPF Informational Document. This specification, produced by the EPUB 3 Working Group, defines a set of metadata properties to allow declarative expression of intended rendering behaviors of fixed-layout documents in the context of EPUB 3. It also defines mechanisms to express the intended rendering dimensions.


Secondary menu