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.
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.
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.
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.
The EPUB 3 Working Group is pleased to announce that the second Editor's Draft of EPUB 3.1 is now available for community review. The previous Editors Draft, published in January, included some potentially controversial changes, in effect as 'trial balloons". Based on community feedback, some of these proposed changes have now been modified or redacted.
IDPF DigiCon @BEA (fka Digital Book) has been hailed as the absolutely critical, best value and most informative conference in the industry, attracting an audience of nearly 1,000 professionals annually, of which 60% are C-Suite executives, senior directors, or above.
EPUBZone are very excited to report the announcement that Google Doc Files can now be exported as EPUB Publications. This is important news for the EPUB ecosystem and for the overall accessibility of documents and learning resources.
Taken from the announcement on http://googleappsupdates.blogspot.co.uk