A self-appointed “Save the IDPF, Save EPUB” committee has recently formed to publicly attack the IDPF/W3C combination plan and announce a campaign of its own with the goal “to keep the IDPF going as a standalone trade organization.” This group sees the combination as a “threat to the long-term health of the ebook industry.”
The first EPUB Summit, held in Bordeaux in April 2016, was a huge success and participants from many countries much appreciated the diversity of the event. Discussions included the future of the ebook industry, the advanced technologies in use, the accessibility issues people still encounter and many more.
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
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.
Forbes has published the article Internet Consortium and Publishing Forum Voting to Merge by Ellen Duffer, Managing Editor at Ploughshares in Boston and Forbes Contributor on October 31st, 2016. Voting by the IDPF membership has commenced and is open through Nov 4, 2016.
IDPF Board Member and Secretary General of the LIA Foundation, Cristina Mussinelli, has prepared an article entitled IDPF and W3C:Technical Tests of Collaboration between Publishing and Web at TPAC 2016 for ALDUS: The European Bookfairs Network on the recent TPAC event in September.