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.
The IDPF condemns the outrageous and tragic attacks in Paris which have taken the lives of at least two members of the French publishing industry. We stand in solidarity with our many friends, colleagues and members in France. Access to information and knowledge is the single most powerful tool available to promote world peace. IDPF supports this wholeheartedly through its mission to increase access to information and content on a global basis by fostering open standards. We can not and will not let terrorism prevent the advancement of global knowledge, peace and prosperity so we will continue to promote these ends as one element of the fight against barbarism. The IDPF grieves for all the victims and we extend our sincere condolences to their families.
CircularFLO, the ebook generation software from Circular Software Limited has recently been updated to version 7 and includes some exciting new features. In particular, the ability to automatically convert books into fixed layout EPUB 3 with "read-aloud" text highlighting. Circular Software has joined forces with Spanish technology company Sinkronigo to enable their tools to create automatic timestamping for audio synchronisation.
EPUBZone is pleased to report that EpubCheck 4.0.0 is now available for download: github.com/IDPF/epubcheck/releases/tag/v4.0.0.
This is a stable release introducing conformance checking of EPUB Publications against the following specifications:
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:
Be sure to submit your product or service to be in the running for the 4th IDPF Innovation Award. The winner will be announced at BEA 2015 on the Content and Digital Stage located in the D2Z (Digital Discovery Zone) on Thursday May 28 from 4-5pm. Join the IDPF and fellow digital publishing experts to hear from our Platinum Sponsors and see which new company or product will triumph! On Friday, the excitement continues with more presentations from our esteemed Platinum Sponsors. Please join us!