News and Events

International Adoption of EPUB eBook Standard to be presented at Frankfurt Book Fair

October 6, 2008

Booksellers and publishers attending the Frankfurt Book Fair are invited to attend an open conference session to hear from representatives from the International Digital Publishing Forum, Random House UK, OverDrive, Inc., and Sony Reader on recent milestones for the eBook market and adoption of the EPUB format standard in US and EU book markets.

IDPF Digital Book 2008 to Present eBook Standards and Global Markets

March 24, 2008

The emerging global eBook market and the adoption of the EPUB digital publication standard will top the agenda at the IDPF Digital Book 2008 Conference on Wednesday, May 14, 2008. The conference will be held at the McGraw-Hill Auditorium in New York City, the one-day conference is part of the International Digital Publishing Forum's acclaimed spring educational series. In prior years the event has been consistently sold-out as it provides opportunities for attendees to network with global publishing and technology leaders focused on eBook market growth.

International Digital Publishing Forum Names New Executive Director

October 20, 2007

The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), the international trade and standards association for the eBook and digital publishing industry has named Michael Smith its new executive director. As executive director Michael Smith is responsible for leading the operational and strategic efforts of the IDPF and reports to its nine member Board of Directors. The IDPF ( is comprised of approximately 100 leading publishing, technology, and non-profit companies and organizations.

Digital Book 2007 to Present Ground-Breaking Electronic Reading Technologies

February 27, 2007

New digital book search technologies, rollable-screens, e-ink displays, and innovative publishing business models are quickly transforming the landscape of the book world. On Wednesday, May 9th, 2007, at the Digital Book 2007 Conference, leading book publishers, software and device manufacturers, plus industry experts will demonstrate new technologies that are shaping the future of consumer options for enjoying digital book content. The one-day event at the McGraw-Hill Auditorium in New York City is part of the International Digital Publishing Forum's acclaimed educational event series.

New Digital Book Standard Released

October 29, 2006

The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), the standards and trade association for digital publishing, announced today the release of a new technical standard to facilitate digital content creation, distribution and use by consumers. In addition to the Open eBook Publication Structure (OEBPS), an XML standard for authoring digital books, the IDPF has now released a new standard for packaging a digital publication, including the contents of the publication, metadata, signatures, encryption, rights and other information into one standard file.

Industry Adopts eBook Standards

June 20, 2006

Major software companies and device manufacturers have announced plans to support new electronic book standards developed within the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). The companies will support these standards in their next generation software and devices, alleviating many of the previous file interoperability and production issues affecting the eBook industry and its customers.

NYC Conference to Report on Digitizing Millions of Books

May 17, 2006

Digital technology leaders that scan, search, narrate, link and electronically deliver millions of books will be addressing publishers and technologists on Wednesday, May 24th, 2006 at the International Digital Publishing Forum's Connected & Mobile 2006 Conference. IDPF is hosting this one-day event at the McGraw-Hill Auditorium in New York City as part of its acclaimed educational event series. Information and registration for the conference is available at

Mobile and Connected Conference Brings Together Digital Book and Online Market Leaders

March 21, 2006

As Google, Yahoo, MSN, and Amazon race to digitize the books of the world, a similar race is underway by wireless device, reading technology and publishing software companies. With billions of publishing dollars at stake, which mobile devices, business models and technologies will emerge to create the platform of choice for the digital book generation? At the International Digital Publishing Forum's Connected & Mobile 2006 Conference on Wednesday, May 24th, 2006 in New York City, dozens of presenters and hands-on demonstrations will seek to provide the formula for success.

Publishers Report Increases in eBook Revenue and Units Sold in Q2 ’05

March 3, 2006

eBook publishers reported increases in revenue and unit sales over the same quarter the previous year (Q2 2004) with a 36% increase in eBook units sold and a 69% increase in eBook revenues. Also, publishers reported a 24% increase in titles published over Q2 2004.

Publishers reported 484,933 eBook units sold and $3,182,499 in revenues for the second quarter of 2005. They also reported 1024 eBooks published during this time.

International Digital Publishing Forum Announces 2006 eBook Initiatives

January 17, 2006

Will 2006 be the year of the eBook? Based on the explosion of online users, growing popularity of downloadable media, and advances in mobile reading devices the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) is announcing several changes to its organizational structure as well as the election of a new Board of Directors.


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