Voting on a proposed “merger” of the IDPF with the World Wide Web consortium (W3C) by IDPF members is underway. On October 13, 2016 IDPF Board of Directors approved the proposed plan for submission to the members, with a recommendation that members vote to approve. The transactions would be expected to be completed by early 2017 (subject to the member vote as well as to final approvals by IDPF Board and the W3C Director).
Books in Browsers, convened with the Frankfurt Book Fair and Berkeley New Media, will take place on 3-4 November in San Fransisco. This year's program will focuses on more interactive and visual forms of storytelling. It's been tagged "Telling small stories" and will explore the leading edge of textual presentation, immersive video and its ramifications (more about attendant opportunities and issues, vs. a focus on demos) and experimental work in visual media, including comics.
EDRLab, the European Headquarters for IDPF and Readium, is working on the deployment of a new DRM called Readium LCP, that is intended to launch at the end of 2016. EDRLab would like to receive feedback on what potential users of Readium LCP perceive as fair licensing fees.
For further information on Readium LCP please see here.
The first Editors Draft of EPUB Accessibility 1.0 has been published at http://www.idpf.org/epub/a11y/
The EPUB 3 Working Group is pleased to announce that the third Editor's Draft of EPUB 3.1 is now available for community review. This draft is feature complete, and all open issues in the tracker have been addressed. The Working Group is looking to publish the first formal Public Draft of the EPUB 3.1 specification by early September, and meanwhile encourages any community feedback on the work to date.
IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS Global/IMS), the world leader in EdTech interoperability and innovation have announced that Markus Gylling will join IMS Global to lead IMS efforts in accessibility and digital content and to serve as the primary executive for IMS Europe effective October 1, 2016. The appointment will help accelerate the effective adoption and use of e-textbooks and other digital learning materials for all learners worldwide and will strengthen support and integration resources for IMS members across Europe.
In the field of digital content distribution, it appears to make little sense to try to restrict activities according to geographical criteria beyond the actual legislation applicable to each market.
Bluefire Productions, founded in 2001 by current CEO Micah Bowers, has released a new, free ereader app on the iTunes App Store: Cloudshelf Reader. The app has been built on top of the Readium SDK Open Source project that Bluefire has been deeply involved with since its inception. Cloudshelf includes ereader apps and a cloud based distribution platform for private libraries and subscription services to offer their constituent groups.