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Understanding EPUB 3 Webinar series starts Tues, Feb. 21

February 17, 2012

There's still time to register for a special Book Industry Study Group (BISG) and Digital Book World (DBW) 4-part Webcast Series focusing on EPUB 3.0. IDPF Executive Director Bill McCoy and EPUB 3 WG Metadata subgroup lead Bill Kasdorf will kick off the series on Tuesday, February 21 (1pm ET). Other presenters will include key IDPF members and WG participants from Kaplan, Metrodigi, and eBook Architects.

IDPF Unveils Program, Speakers for Digital Book 2012 at BEA

February 15, 2012


New York, NY, April 10, 2012 – 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.


Accessible EPUB 3 book now available at O'Reilly website

February 15, 2012
In collaboration with DAISY and IDPF, O'Reilly has now published Accessible EPUB 3 - Best Practices for Creating Universally Usable Content. This is the second installment of the forthcoming EPUB 3 Best Practices book.

Readium Open Source Initiative Launched to Accelerate Adoption of EPUB 3: ACCESS, Adobe, Barnes & Noble, Copia, Google, Kobo/Rakuten, O’Reilly, Samsung, Sony, others support project to advance universal digital publishing format

February 13, 2012
New York, NY, February 13, 2012 -The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) today announced the Readium Project, a new open source initiative to develop a comprehensive reference implementation of the IDPF EPUB® 3 standard. This vision will be achieved by building on WebKit, the widely adopted open source HTML5 rendering engine. A quote sheet with quotes from the following is available at : ACCESS, Adobe, Anobii, Apex CoVantage, Assoc. American Publishers (AAP), Barnes & Noble, Bluefire Productions, BISG, Copia, DAISY, EAST, EDItEUR, Evident Point, Google, Incube Tech, Kobo/Rakuten, Monotype, O’Reilly, Rakuten, Safari Books Online, Samsung, Sony, VitalSource, Voyager Japan. For more information about the project, including how to participate and links to downloads and source code, visit .

IDPF announces EPUB samples project

February 12, 2012

IDPF today announces the open source epub-samples project. This EPUB sample document repository is intended to showcase features of the EPUB 3 standard, and to provide evaluation and testing materials for Reading System developers. 

The sample collection is being built and shared collaboratively by contributors from the EPUB community — read more about how to contribute at the project's Contributing page.

Dictionary, Indexes Working Groups Formed

January 31, 2012

IDPF member organizations have approved charters for working groups to add dictionaries and indexes support to EPUB. The consent vote for dictionaries WG was 68 in favor, 1 against, and 1 abstention. The consent vote for indexes WG was 69 in favor, 1 against, and 1 abstention.

SPi Global Goes Platinum for Digital Book 2012

January 24, 2012

SPi Global, a Gold Sponsor for Digital Book 2011, has upgraded to a Platinum level sponsorship for the 2012 Digital Book conference.

Progress on Common Approach to EPUB 3 Fixed-Layout Metadata

January 15, 2012

The ad-hoc group working on fixed-layout metadata held an all-day meeting on Jan. 12, hosted by Sony in San Jose, CA, with representatives from Apple, Adobe, Barnes&Noble, Google, Hachette Book Group / AAP, and Sony. Consensus was reached on a unified framework for representing fixed-layout metadata in EPUB 3.

Voting Underway for Dictionaries, Indexes WGs

January 15, 2012

Member consent voting is open through Jan. 29 for working group charter proposals to add dictionaries and indexes support to EPUB, following member comment periods during December, 2011 and subsequent approval of both draft charters by the IDPF Board of DIrectors.

MIP for Higher Ed Publishing: IDPF member discount to Feb 8 BISG event

January 15, 2012

The Book Industry Study Group is offering a discount on registration to IDPF members for its Making Information Pay for Higher Ed Publishing conference (February 8th, 2012 in NYC) to IDPF members. Now in its second year, MIP for Higher Ed brings together publishing executives to gain practical insights on how they can benefit from an industry in transformation. This year’s conference focuses on innovation in the higher ed marketplace.


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