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  • 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.

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    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 .
  • IDPF today announces the open source epub-samples project. This EPUB sample document repository is intended to showcase features of the EPUB 3 standard, and to provide evaluation and testing materials for Reading System developers. 

    The sample collection is being built and shared collaboratively by contributors from the EPUB community — read more about how to contribute at the project's Contributing page.

  • IDPF member organizations have approved charters for working groups to add dictionaries and indexes support to EPUB. The consent vote for dictionaries WG was 68 in favor, 1 against, and 1 abstention. The consent vote for indexes WG was 69 in favor, 1 against, and 1 abstention.

  • The ad-hoc group working on fixed-layout metadata held an all-day meeting on Jan. 12, hosted by Sony in San Jose, CA, with representatives from Apple, Adobe, Barnes&Noble, Google, Hachette Book Group / AAP, and Sony. Consensus was reached on a unified framework for representing fixed-layout metadata in EPUB 3.

  • Discussion forums are now available on idpf.org. Posting is open to both IDPF members and the general public (registration required to minimize spam). Our goal in hosting forums is to help foster the EPUB ecosystem via information sharing and community discussion of timely topics. Forums have been established for general IDPF/EPUB topics, EPUB 3, and EPUB Accessibility.

  • The open-source validator tool for EPUB 2 and EPUB 3 content, EPUBCheck 3.0 (currently in beta) is now officially available at validator.idpf.org . Kudos to the EPUBCheck contributors and DAISY Consortium technical team members who coordinated the hosted deployment.

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