The IDPF on May 18, 2012 published a draft of use cases and requirements for lightweight content protection technology for EPUB, available at: http://idpf.org/epub-content-protection. Comments from members and other interested parties are requested by Friday, June 8. Comments are particularly solicited regarding the priority of this activity versus other potential IDPF-mediated projects. Also requested are comments on any additional high priority use cases and requirements not encompassed in this initial straw-man document, and regarding the overall desirability of a solution embodying the proposed requirements, or any standardized solution in this area. The document describes requirements for a potential content protection scheme for EPUB. It outlines what would be a “lightweight” scheme, occupying a middle ground between strong DRM and DRM-free. This would enable sharing with or without watermarking, but, unlike watermarking alone, cracks would be considered definitively illegal.
Tokyo, May 15, 2012 (PRESS RELEASE) - The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) today announced the EPUB 3 Conference, which will be held at 16th International eBook Expo Tokyo at Tokyo Big Sight on July 4, 2012. This event will be the first publicly held large scale Asian event organized by IDPF, whose growing membership of over 300 organizations is now over one-third from the region.
IDPF Executive Director Bill McCoy will lead the "Platforms and Standards" session at the LBF Digital Minds Conference (Sunday, 15 April). There's still time to register. IDPF will have a stand during the London Book Fair Exposition (April 16-18). Members and others are cordially invited to visit booth T755 in the digital zone to learn more about EPUB 3, and other IDPF activities.
New York, NY, April 10, 2012 (PRESS RELEASE) – The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) announced today the preliminary program and speakers for Digital Book 2012 at BEA (idpf.org/db12). 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.
March 15, 2012 (PRESS RELEASE) Hachette Livre (including Hachette Book Group and Hachette UK) today announced that it is joining the Readium Project, a new initiative by the International Digital Publishing Forum. The Readium Project aims to ensure that open source software for handling EPUB® 3 publications is readily available, to accelerate adoption of EPUB 3 as the universal, accessible, global digital publishing format. This will be achieved by building on WebKit, the widely adopted open source HTML5 rendering engine.
On March 13, 2012 the IDPF Board of Directors unanimously approved elevation of EPUB 3 Fixed Layout Documents to be an IDPF Informational Document. This specification, produced by the EPUB 3 Working Group, defines a set of metadata properties to allow declarative expression of intended rendering behaviors of fixed-layout documents in the context of EPUB 3. It also defines mechanisms to express the intended rendering dimensions.
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.
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 (idpf.org/db12). 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.
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.
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 http://idpf.org/readium-support : 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 http://readium.org .