IDPF and EDRLab are pleased to announce that the 2016 EPUB Summit will take place during the Bordeaux Digital Week at Librairie Mollat. Over the course of two days, the digital publishing community will focus on analysis, demonstrations, workshops and collaborative work to share best practices and learn about the latest developments surrounding EPUB.
A one day seminar to be held on November 13th, 2015 at The Laboratorio Formentini per l'editoria in Milan. Digital technologies provide incredible opportunities to facilitate access to reading for people with visual disabilities.
The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) and Readium Foundation (readium.org) are in the process of formally launching European Headquarters in Paris, France. The new operation will be hosted by the recently created European Digital Reading Lab (EDRLab) which has been formed with the support of the French government and industry stakeholders, with 1.5 million Euros of incremental funding already committed.
IDPF have announced that the new EDUPUB Profile for EPUB, a semantically-enhanced profile of EPUB 3 for e-textbooks and other learning content, is now available for a 30 day public review. Member and public comments on the draft specification are solicited through August 28, 2015 and IDPF members are invited to submit comments via the IDPF EPUB Working Group mailing list
EPUBZone can report that Apple's latest version of iBooks Author 2.3 now includes new EPUB templates. These new templates allow content to be exported to EPUB 3 to create media-rich, reflowable ebooks which can be viewed in any ebook reader that supports EPUB 3.
Apple lists the following capabilities for the latest version of iBooks Author:
On Monday March 23rd, an all-day series of panel talks  took place at the Paris Book Fair, to discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by accessible publishing in France. This covered a wide range of topics such as: regulatory issues (copyright exceptions), business models, production practices and end-user perspectives.
The EDUPUB community gathered in Phoenix, Arizona at the end of February to plan and decide on the deliverables for 2015. The series of meetings were well attended and graciously hosted by the University of Phoenix. As reflected in the agenda (http://imsglobal.org/ feb2015UofPhoenix.html#Summit ) the goals were focused on those tasks required to move the work done over the past two years into the implementation phase. Chief among those tasks was the work needed to gain consensus on the initial requirements.