Standard printed publications are not accessible to people with visual impairments. Many other categories of readers are not able to use the printed books, newspapers and magazines - including those with dyslexia, motor disabilities or age related macular degeneration. Collectively, these groups are often referred to as the 'print impaired'.
Obtaining and consuming digital content has changed. In addition to desktop computers, laptops and e-readers, people gain access to published content on their smartphones, tablets, phablets, MP3 players or other similar devices.
Unlocking the Potential of Digital Content for Education
Join BISG at this December 4 event and make sure your business is poised to take advantage of EDUPUB.
BISG's EDUPUB Summit is a very special opportunity to engage in a dynamic conversation with your peers and industry experts about the potential of the EDUPUB profile for educational publishing.
EPUBZone has launched a new Solution Showcase within their Resources Section to assist with the discovery of EPUB tools. Use this new area of the website to search for tools that suit your particular EPUB requirements. To feature your own tools within the showcase, use the submission form to let us know about the functionality and type of EPUB solution you have available.
The message about EPUB at the Contec Conference at the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair was expansive:
- new directions in which EPUB is expanding;
- new domains EPUB is addressing;
- and an expanding global reach.
OverDrive, a leading supplier of digital books and reading systems to libraries, announced earlier this month at the Frankfurt Book Fair that their HTML5 browser-based reading platform, OverDrive Read, now includes comprehensive support for fixed layout EPUB 3 titles. A demo is available at https://www.overdrive.com/media/1744289/ancient-rome.
The EPUB Community has made progress recruiting people to test reading systems that support EPUB 3, but we still need many more. The DAISY Consortium are asking volunteers for help.
If you are associated with a university or other institution that will benefit from having reliable digital reading systems available for students with special needs, please participate and spend some time testing a reading system used on your campus or being considered for use.
The fourth EDUPUB meeting was held on September 17, 2014 at Microsoft Headquarters in Tokyo with the goal of furthering the profile's global reach and applicability. As noted by Bill McCoy, Executive Director of the IDPF in his opening remarks, the Japanese have played a significant role in the development of ebook technologies generally – Sony having developed the first e-reader in
Digital Book 14 took place on May 28-29 2014 in NYC and, once again, was the premier digital event at Book Expo America. Visit idpf.org for details of the program, speakers and access to some presentations. This year, the conference was expanded to include BISG's Making Information Pay giving delegates two full days of expertise from industry eaders and innovators.