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Voting Underway to Finalize EPUB Extensions for Indexes, Dictionaries, Advanced Layout

August 4, 2015
Five proposed extensions to EPUB 3.0.1 have been submitted to IDPF Member organizations by its Board and the applicable Working Group for votes to approve as final Recommended Specifications. They include: EPUB Indexes 1.0, EPUB Dictionaries and Glossaries 1.0, EPUB Previews 1.0, EPUB Multiple-Rendition Publications 1.0, and EPUB Region-Based Navigation 1.0

Call for Review: EDUPUB Profile for EPUB, Open Annotations in EPUB, EPUB Distributable Objects, EPUB Scriptable Components

July 30, 2015
The Board of Directors of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) has unanimously approved elevation of five specifications of modular extensions to EPUB to Draft status with a call for member and public review.

June 2015 Event! Transforming Institutional Publishing: Sharing Best Practices

May 18, 2015

June 29 sees the gathering of of a broad range of institutions at this one day conference in Brussels. IDPF are delighted to be co-organizers of this event alongside the Interinstitutional Digital Publishing Committee of the EU where delegates can look forward to an intensive day discussing challenges and opportunities that today's dynamic publishing ecosystem presents.

IDPF Digital Book 15 at BookExpo America - Register Now!

May 14, 2015

Have your booked your place at IDPF Digital Book 15? This year BEA's flagship digital conference is concentrating on Putting Readers First: How to Connect with Consumers in the Digital Age. The program promises to be an exciting mix of industry experts, technical specialists and top executives. 

IDPF Members Elect Two New Directors, Return Four Incumbents to Board

February 9, 2015
Member organizations of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) have elected six board members, including two new directors and four re-elected incumbents. New directors include Graham Bell (EDItEUR) and Eoin Noble (Safari Books Online). Incumbent directors re-elected in this cycle include the elected Board President, George Kerscher (DAISY Consortium) as well as Garth Conboy (Google), Pierre Danet (Hachette Livre) and Cristina Mussinelli (Italian Publishers Association).

IDPF Solicits Member Feedback on Potential IP Policy Change

January 30, 2015
The IDPF Board of Directors is considering the merits of migrating from their current Intellectual Property (IP) Policy, which provides for RAND (Reasonable and Non-DIscriminatory) patent license commitments by members to adopters, to an IP Policy that would provide for RF (Royalty Free) patent license commitments. We consider it very beneficial that, to the best of our knowledge, no patent claims specific to EPUB have ever been asserted to date.

2015 IDPF Board Elections Underway

January 26, 2015

Voting has begun in the annual election process for the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) Board of Directors. This year, six directors will be elected, including the elected President position. Eight candidates are standing for election, affiliated with IDPF member organizations from Asia, Europe and North America.  Each IDPF member organization's primary representative is eligible to vote, and has been sent an online ballot link via email. The election will be open through Friday, February 6, 2015. 

EPUB 3.0 Published as ISO Technical Specification

December 21, 2014
EPUB 3.0 was recently published by the International Standards Organization as ISO/IEC TS 30135 (parts 1-7). EPUB 3.0 was submitted to ISOi/IEC JTC 1 SC34 (Joint Technical Committee 1, Subcommittee 34, Document description and processing languages) by the government of South Korea, in cooperation with the IDPF. During the by-country voting and subsequent ballot resolution process, several dozen minor specification issues with EPUB 3.0 reported by ISO experts have been resolved in the latest revision of EPUB, EPUB 3.0.1, which recently became the current version of the EPUB Standard. The IDPF anticipates continued collaboration with ISO, with the expectation to submit to JTC 1 a forthcoming EPUB 3.1 update as a prospective full International Standard.

Program Announced for EDUPUB Summit and Workshop (Feb 26-27)

December 19, 2014

The next gathering of the EDUPUB community will take place in Phoenix, Arizona (USA) on February 26 and 27, 2015. A preliminary program is now available,  and registration is open.  The summit will launch the implementation phase of EDUPUB, a cross-organizational initiative to develop  a comprehensive open platform for next-generation learning content based on EPUB 3, IMS standards for learning environment integration, and the overall Open Web Platform.

New EPUB Proposed Specifications: Dictionaries and Glossaries, Previews, Multiple-Rendition Publications, Region-Based Navigation

December 18, 2014
The IDPF Board recently approved recommendations of the Dictionaries and Advanced-Hybrid Layout Working Groups to advance four modular extensions to EPUB 3.0.1 to Proposed Specification status. The four specifications are: EPUB Dictionaries and Glossaries, EPUB Previews, EPUB Multiple-Rendition Publications, and EPUB Region-Based Navigation. A final member and public review and comment period for each of these specifications is open through January 31, 2015


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