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Discussion forums now available on

January 15, 2012

Discussion forums are now available on Posting is open to both IDPF members and the general public (registration required to minimize spam). Our goal in hosting forums is to help foster the EPUB ecosystem via information sharing and community discussion of timely topics. Forums have been established for general IDPF/EPUB topics, EPUB 3, and EPUB Accessibility.

EPUBCheck 3.0 beta hosted at

January 11, 2012

The open-source validator tool for EPUB 2 and EPUB 3 content, EPUBCheck 3.0 (currently in beta) is now officially available at . Kudos to the EPUBCheck contributors and DAISY Consortium technical team members who coordinated the hosted deployment.

DBW 2012 - $200 off for IDPF members

December 16, 2011
Digital Book World 2012 (NYC; Jan 23-25) is extending a substantial discount to IDPF members Register now using code IDPFDBW12 for $200 off the full conference rate. The DBW conference is uniquely focused on giving trade publishers hard data and actionable strategies.

TOC NYC 2012 - 15% discount for IDPF members (act by Tues, Dec. 20)

December 16, 2011
O’Reilly’s TOC Conference, happening February 13-15, 2012 in New York City, is where the publishing and tech industries converge, as practitioners and executives from both camps share what they've learned from their successes and failures, explore ideas, and join together to navigate publishing’s ongoing transformation. Multiple sessions will highlight the latest developments in EPUB, and speakers will include key IDPF leaders and board members. IDPF members can save an extra 15% on early-bird registration (which ends Tues, Dec 20) by using discount code IDPF. For more details and to register, visit .

Comment Period Underway for Proposed Dictionaries and Indexes Working Groups

December 6, 2011
Following the virtual workshop on dictionaries and indexes that was held on 18 October, the ad-hoc groups that were formed have completed and published drafts of charter proposals for two working groups on these topics, and a member comment period has been called that will end December 18, 2011. The charter proposals, with comment submission fields, are and .

IDPF Elects New Board Members

November 22, 2011
November 22, 2011 - The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) today announced election results for seven seats on its board of directors. Six new board members and re-relected Incumbent Ken Brooks (Cengage Learning) join seven other incumbents on the newly expanded IDPF board. Twenty-one candidates submitted nominations, and a record 127 IDPF member organizations cast votes in this election. The newly elected directors are: Angela Bole - Book Industry Study Group (BISG) Ken Brooks - Cengage Learning (INCUMBENT) Masaaki Hagino - Voyager Japan & Association of Media in Digital (AMD) Leslie Hulse - HarperCollins Publishers Tatsuo Kobayashi - Japan Electronic Publishing Association (JEPA) Liisa McCloy-Kelley - Random House Roger Webster - Barnes & Noble

Taipei Fixed Layout EPUB Workshop Notes Available

November 1, 2011

On October 25, the IDPF held a workshop on fixed-layout EPUB in Taipei. Over 50 people attended physically, with 20+ more participating remotely. Preliminary meetings notes are now available at . Several action items were taken including formation of two ad hoc groups to propose rendition metadata and a rendition mapping data structure; one or both of these efforts could lead to charter proposals for a new Working Group.

Over Twenty Candidates for IDPF Board of Directors Election

November 1, 2011

A record twenty-one candidates have submitted nominations for election to seven seats on the newly expanded IDPF Board of Directors. These candidates are affiliated with IDPF member organizations from Asia, Europe, and North America, representing publishers, reading system vendors, service providers, libraries, and other organizations. A list of candidates with links to nomination statements is available at The election is underway from November 1 through November 21, 2011.

IDPF Board Nomination Deadline: Friday, October 28

October 27, 2011

The nomination period for the upcoming election for seven positions on the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) Board of Directors will close on Friday, October 28, 2011.  

EPUB 3 Becomes Final IDPF Specification

October 10, 2011

Frankfurt, Germany, October 11, 2011. The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) today announced the completion of a major revision to EPUB, the global standard interchange and delivery format for eBooks and other digital publications. The IDPF membership unanimously voted to elevate EPUB 3.0 to a final IDPF Recommended Specification, publicly available at


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