The Book Industry Study Group (BISG), the leading U.S. book trade association for standardized best practices, research, and educatinon, today issued a press release endorsing EPUB 3 as the "accepted and preferred format" for Web Standards-based digital content. The announcement noted that their endorsment "addresses the critical need for the global book publishing industry to rally around a single standard... in order to impede ... fragmentation".
On October 11 2012 during Frankfurt Book Fair IDPF and Frankfurt Academy will host an in-depth technical workshop on practical opportunities and challenges for publishers for creating and delivering complex and enhanced eBooks via HTML5 and EPUB 3.
Under the auspices of the recently formed Pubridge, aka DPIJ (Digital Publishing Initiative Japan Co, Ltd. - http://www.pubridge.jp/), the Kindigi (Urgent Content Digitization Project) has received 1B Yen ($12.5M) in funding from the Japanese government. On July 27 2012 it was announced that EPUB 3 will be supported by this initiative.
The IDPF on July 20, 2012 published a request for proposals for standardizing interoperable lightweight content protection technology for EPUB, available at: http://idpf.org/epub-content-protection-rfp. Interested parties are invited to submit proposals by August 31, 2012. The updated RFP is a follow-up to the initial draft of use cases and requirements, published May 18, 2012 (with a request for comments).
Seoul, July 10, 2012 (NEWS RELEASE) - The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) and Korea Education & Research Information Service (KERIS) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to advance the standardization of digital publishing technology in South Korea. Signed today in Seoul by KERIS President Chulkyun Kim and IDPF Executive Director Bill McCoy, the MOU provides for a number of measures to advance the adoption and quality of digital textbooks and other publications based on the EPUB standard.
On July 4 the IDPF's first major Asian event, an EPUB 3 conference at eBook Expo Tokyo, attracted nearly 400 attendees. Rakuten Group Manager Ren Ando underscored Rakuten's commitment to EPUB 3 as a key global standard, explaining that Rakuten-Kobo's new Japanese eBook store, to go live later this month, would exclusively support EPUB 3. IDPF CTO Markus Gylling along with representatives of Voyager Japan, ACCESS and ATDO demonstrated publicly for the first time vertical writing and other Japanese typography features in the IDPF-sponsored open source Readium project.
IDPF Digital Book 2012 at BEA was another sell-out event, with a record well over 1000 attendees. Thanks to all of our speakers and sponsors for making the program a great success. Save the date for our next IDPF Digital Book conference at BEA: June 3-4 2013.
At the request of several members and other interested parties, the comment period on the draft of use cases and requirements for a potential lightweight content protection technology for EPUB published on May 18, 2012 has been extended until Friday, June 29. See the original notice for more details and background. As noted in the original announcement, comments are solicited on any additional high priority use cases and requirements not encompassed in this initial straw-man document, the overall desirability of a standardized solution in this area, and regarding the relative priority of a solution vs. other IDPF activities. Please direct comments to bmccoy "at" idpf.org. Comments received will be by default considered public; however, IDPF member organizations may request anonymity, or for feedback to remain limited to IDPF management and Board. IDPF leadership will also endeavor to take account of published comments (e.g. blog posts) on this topic.
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.
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.