News and Events

IDPF Board Nominations Open Through October 28, 2011

October 10, 2011

A self-nomination period is now open for an election to fill seven positions on the IDPF Board of Directors. Six of the seven positions will fill board seats that are new or vacant (pursuant to the recently approved expansion of the IDPF Board from 9 to 14 members). The nomination period is from October 11 through October 28, 2011.

IDPF Workshop on Fixed-Layout EPUB: Oct 25, 2011

October 8, 2011

The IDPF will hold a workshop on Fixed Layout EPUB (representing pre-paginated content) on October 25, 2011. The workshop will be hosted in Taipei, Taiwan thanks to the support of the Taiwanese Digital Publishing Forum. All IDPF members interested in this topic are welcome to participate physically or via Web conference. Non-members can request an invitation by emailing co-organizer Bill McCoy at

"What is EPUB 3?" Article from O'Reilly

October 6, 2011

O'Reilly Media, in collaboration with the IDPF, have just released a free (registration required) white paper "What is EPUB 3?", authored by EPUB 3 spec editor Matt Garrish. Per the catalog description: "This article walks you through the format and puts it in its place in the digital landscape, explaining why EPUB 3 is set to become the new global standard for ebooks as it also becomes the new accessible standard for ebooks".

Markus Gylling Appointed CTO of IDPF

September 21, 2011

Seattle, Washington and Stockholm, Sweden, September 21, 2011 The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) today announced that Markus Gylling has been appointed its Chief Technical Officer. Gylling has been seconded to the IDPF via the DAISY Consortium, and will continue to serve in parallel as CTO of DAISY.

EPUB 3 From DocBook Via XSLT

September 21, 2011

The open source XSL stylesheets for DocBook have been updated to support EPUB 3 by Bob Stayton (author of DocBook XSL: The Complete Guide). The EPUB produced validates against the new EPUBCheck 3.0 b2 and supports advanced EPUB 3 features including audio, video, and MathML.

First Release of EPUBCheck 3.0 Now Available

September 6, 2011

On September 6 an initial beta of the next version of the widely used validation tool for EPUB was made available by its open source developers. EPUBCheck 3.0, a Java library, now supports validation of EPUB 3 content. As well, the new release supports validation of "exploded" (unzipped) EPUB publications and single-file validation of individual elements of a publication (package file, navigation file, etc.). Fore more information about the new version see:

Advanced Adaptive Layout Workshop Notes

July 26, 2011

On July 20, 2011 the IDPF held a workshop on Advanced Adaptive Layout for High-Design Publications, in Mountain View, CA USA and via Web conference. Total attendance was over 60 (over 30 in person)  from over 25 different organizations including Adobe, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Cengage Learning, Google, IDEAlliance, Inkling, John Wiley, Libre Digital, Pearson, Rodale, Safari Books Online, and others.

Digital Book 2011 - presentation slides now available

July 15, 2011

Presentation slides from IDPF Digital Book 2011 at BEA (May 23-24 2011) can be downloaded from links in each speaker's biography. We regret the delay in posting. Note  that not all speakers and panelists utilized slides, and some speakers have chosen not to make slides publicly available.

RSVP today for July 20 IDPF Workshop

July 12, 2011

RSVPs are requested by today (July 12) for physical attendance at the IDPF Workshop on Advanced Page Layout for High-Design Publications which will be held on July 20 at the Google campus in Mountain View, CA.

JEPA Seminar on EPUB 3 Latest Topics (Tokyo, July 8, 2011)

June 29, 2011

JEPA (Japan Electronic Publishing Association) will hold a seminar on EPUB 3 Latest Topics in Tokyo, Japan, on July 8, 2011. Speakers will include IDPF Executive Director Bill McCoy and several key contributors to the Japanese digital publishing technology ecosystem. Capacity is limited to 120 and pre-registration is required (at ); 2000 Y fee will be donated in entirety to Tohoku devastated area relief.


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