The member organizations of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) have overwhelmingly approved, by a margin of 71 (88%)  in favor  to 10 (12%) opposed, a plan proposed by the IDPF Board of Directors to combine IDPF with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The plan will now proceed, with anticipated completion of the combination by January, 2017 still subject to finalization of the necessary definitive agreements.

All Readium Foundation members, adopters, and other interested parties are invited to attend an open meeting on January 17, 2017 from 4:00pm until 6:00pm at the New York Public Library main building (42nd St and Fifth Ave, NYC) Berger Forum, Room 227. The agenda will include updates on ongoing Readium projects (SDKs, LCP, Readium 2.0) and the W3C/IDPF merger, as well as a financial and organizational overview.We will then have open discussion about the future of the foundation including resources, organization, and focus.

IDPF will hold an open meeting and webinar on January 18, 2017 from 12:30pm-2:00pm US Eastern Time to update IDPF members and the publishing community about the planned combination of IDPF with W3C. This will be an open forum for discussion, and the latest updates regarding the combination plans will be shared by IDPF President George Kerscher, other IDPF Board members, IDPF Executive Director Bill McCoy, and Karen Myers, W3C Business Development and Co

As one element of finalizing the planned combination of IDPF with W3C, IDPF anticipates submitting EPUB 3.1 to W3C as a W3C Member Submission. IDPF and W3C would like all organizations that contributed to the development of EPUB specifications to co-sign IDPF's member submission.