Digital Book 2013

Early-Bird Rates Now In Effect!

IDPF DB13 will be held Wednesday-Thursday, May 29-30, 2013 at BEA (Javits Center, New York City). As the premier digital conference in the industry, seats sell out fast. Register now to secure your spot (and save money with early bird discounts). 

  • On March 7, 2013 the IDPF Board of Directors unanimously approved elevation of EPUB Indexes to public draft status. This draft specification, produced by the EPUB Indexes Working Group, defines a consistent way of encoding the structure and content of indexes in EPUB Publications. Reading Systems can exploit this encoding to offer not only the benefits of a print index but also interactive functionality and features not possible in a print book. Comments on the draft specification are solicited through April 15, 2013. IDPF members may submit comments via the EPUB WG mailing list. Members and non-members alike are also welcome to submit comments via email to the working group co-chair.

  • The International Publishers Association (IPA) today announced that its Board has endorsed EPUB 3. Jens Bammel, IPA’s Secretary General, said: “Digital publishing is now truly global. IPA strongly urges all publishing industry stakeholders to adopt EPUB 3 so that the publishing industry can achieve an interoperable and fully accessible global standard for e-books and other digital publications." Full text of the release (via Library Journal INFODocket) : .
  • O'Reilly Media has released  EPUB 3 Best Practices, the comprehensive guide to using all the new features of EPUB 3, with chapters covering accessibility, multimedia, global language support, font embedding and licensing, packaging and metadata, and more. A reviewer writes "EPUB 3 Best Practices gets right down to business to what you need to do to modify your EPUB 2 workflow to upgrade to EPUB 3".

  • Digital publishing has come a long way in the last two years, wtih eBooks now outselling hardcovers. EPUB has been a key standard at the heart of the eBook revolution. EPUB 3, which converges digital publishing with HTML5 and modern Web Standards, and delivers robust accessibility and global language support, is a monumental update to the standard. The roll-out of solutions adopting EPUB 3 continues, with reading systems such as Apple iBooks, Kobo, Google Play Books, and Ingram VitalSource already supporting EPUB 3, and publishers such as Hachette and O'Reilly starting to distribute EPUB 3 content. For 2013, the top priority of the IDPF is to accelerate the continued adoption of EPUB 3 by the industry as a whole, with a particular emphasis on e-textbooks and other publications that are being enabled by the proliferation of tablets and benefit from the new features of EPUB 3 (rich media, interactivity, enhanced styling, fixed layout, mathematics). Work continues to enhance the EPUB standard: member working groups are actively developing new specifications for dictionaries, indexes, and advanced/hybrid layout. But the primary goal of the IDPF during 2013 is very focused: get EPUB 3 broadly and fully adopted. A unified, interoperable global standard for eBooks and other digital publications is critical to the industry and consumers, and the IDPF is fully engaged to deliver on the promise of portable documents for the Open Web Platform by making EPUB 3 happen. Stay tuned for announcements soon of new IDPF initiatives to further that adoption.
  • Sunday April 14, the eve of The London Book Fair, the Digital Minds Conference returns for a fifth year, with a broadened theme of "The Future of Publishing Content". This year's program and speakers are top-notch, and should make for a stimulating day at the superior QEII Conference Center in Westminster, Central London. Register now at - IDPF members use code LBF13IDPF to receive a 10% discount.
  • On March 6 2013, 1:00pm ET, BISG is presenting a live 60-minute webcast on the latest developments in EPUB 3 ecosystem. Bill Kasdorf (VP of Apex and Chair of BISG's Content Structure Committee) and Markus Gylling (CTO of the IDPF and Chair of IDPF's EPUB 3 Working Group) will cover key topics publishers need to know including: Update on current reading system adoption of EPUB 3... EPUB 3 resources from BISG including: EPUB 3 Support Grid and the upcoming Field Guide to Fixed Layout... IDPF open source tools including EPUBCheck and Readium... upcoming additions to the EPUB specs and ISO standardization process ... and much more. To register visit .
  • IDPF is pleased to announce a technical seminar on HTML5, EPUB 3, and digital book production on March 25, 2013 at the Paris Book Fair (Salon du Livre). The day-long program (bi-lingual French/English) will cover the nuts and bolts of HTML5 and EPUB 3 from a publisher's perspective, and provide practical examples of best practices and emerging tools for cost-effectively producing, managing, and distributing digital book content and metadata. Register now ( and discover the next generation of digital publishing innovation and enhance your network by meeting leading digital experts convened in Paris.
  • A call for speakers is now open for IDPF Digital Book 2013 at Book Expo America (May 29-30 NYC Javits Center). IDPF Digital Book at BEA is a multi-faceted conference with three content tracks targeting business & marketing, technology & production , and education & STMS publishing. Over 1000 attendees are expected. Please send speaker proposals to by February 15, 2013.
  • At the FutureBook Innovation Awards, held as part of this week's FutureBook Conference in London, IDPF was the winner in the category of best technology innovation, for EPUB 3. Mark Bide, EDItEUR and newly elected IDPF Board member, accepted the award on behalf of IDPF. Mark Marjurey, commercial director, digital at Taylor & Francis said: “Over the last ten years publishers have been beset by the challenges of developing e-book content fragmented across various proprietary formats and devices. EPUB 3 finally delivers us an open standard with which we can foster interactivity, enhanced content, full accessibility for the visually impaired, and begin to tackle the vagaries of device incompatibility. From authors to publishers to readers, this is something we can all get behind."
  • The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) today announced the election of four new members of its board of directors, the re-election of its President and two incombent directors, and approval of a new working group charter. The new IDPF directors are: Mark Bide - EDItEUR; Pierre Danet - Hachette-Livre; Keith Fahlgren - Safari Books Online; Adam Witwer - O'Reilly Media; Current directors Garth Conboy (Google) and Cristina Mussinelli (Italian Publishers Association) were reelected, and George Kerscher (DAISY) was re-elected as IDPF President. Members also approved the charter for a new Advanced/Hybrid Layout working group ( ).

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