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Electronic Publishing Trends

This is an analysis of electronic publishing trends from the year 1970 to 2008 in the form of a chart. From the chart you can see, the term "electronic publishing" was unfamiliar to most people in 1970. Then from 1977, some people began to use it, and it gained great popularity from 1980 to 1985. The term experienced ups and downs since then. There are three prime times of the phrase, which appeared in 1985, 1988 and 1997 respectively, from its last heyday, the phrase has been used by less and less people.

Though the term "electronic publishing" is used by less people now, it doesn't necessarily mean that electronic publishing is on the decline. On the contrary, with more advanced E-books available, and with more people realize the importance of environmental protection, electronic publishing will surely gain more popularity in the future.

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From the chart above we see rise and fall of the term "electronic publishing" in literature published between 1970 and 2008.

 


Digital Learning Metadata Alliance Launched by Dublin Core, IMS Global and IDPF
October 24, 2014
The Digital Learning Metadata Alliance was launched today to facilitate cooperation on metadata standards to make it easier to find and use digital resources both within educational institutions and via the world wide web.  DLMA.org is an umbrella project by which standards organizations with a stake in educational and learning metadata can coordinate and harmonize standards. Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI), IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS Global) and the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) are the founding organizations of the alliance. These three organizations represent over 600 organizations worldwide that are leaders in digital publishing, personalized education and digital learning technology.   The alliance is open to other standards setting organizations that wish to harmonize educational and learning metadata standards (inquiry via email DLMA@imsglobal.org).
 
The goal of the collaboration is to ensure adequacy and consistency of metadata across a wide variety of consuming applications, such as library systems, learning platforms and Internet search engines. DCMI was recently asked to become the steward for the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI). Thus, DLMA will be able to further the evolution of LRMI in coordination with other key standards.
 
The cooperating organizations have agreed to hold special sessions and work activities to ensure coordination of their work. One initial incarnation of DLMA work is expected to be the metadata schema for EDUPUB, a initiative of IDPF, IMS Global, W3C, and BISG that is collaborating to enable learning content that is interoperable across reader platforms, web browsers and educational systems.

Candidates for IDPF Board Solicited - Apply to Nominating Committee by Nov. 21
October 23, 2014
The Board of Directors of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) has formed a 2015 Nominating Committee, which is soliciting candidates for Director positions. To be eligible, an individual must be or become the primary representative of an IDPF member organization. Interested parties should send a candidate statement by November 21  to boardcandidates@idpf.org. Typically, a candidate statement would include a brief biography, and potentially reasons for running for the position and/or general vision or ideas for the IDPF. The Committee will also consider as candidates those current board members who wish to continue their service to the IDPF but whose term runs out this year.
 
The IDPF Board's core responsibilities include representing member interests in developing the vision and strategic plan for the organization and providing oversight and guidance to staff and volunteers carrying out the work of the organization. Being a board member of the IDPF entails a not insignificant commitment of responsibility and time. The Board and executive staff currently meet monthly via teleconference, and usually twice a year in a face-to-face meeting. Board time and expenses are not reimbursed. Prospective members should be leaders in their organizations and  have a clear understanding of one or more segments of the digital publishing industry. Familiarity with EPUB and related technologies is helpful; however specific technical expertise is not required. Board meetings are conducted in English with accommodations for non-native English speakers. Remote meetings are scheduled to facilitate participation across multiple time zones, presently at UTC 20:00 or 21:00.
 
Seven of fourteen seats on the IDPF Board will be elected in this cycle, for two-year terms, including the elected Board President. The Nominating Committee and IDPF Board anticipates recommending to the membership a slate of candidates. The slate will be selected to foster a diverse board  in the interest of providing representation across our global organization with members from all parts of the value chain. A subsequent call for open nominations will be made and elections are anticipated in January.
 
The 2015 IDPF Board Nominating Committee is comprised of board members Mark Bide (Chair), Paul Belfanti, Angela Bole, Liisa McCloy-Kelley, and Junichi Yoshii
.

IDPF@ BIBF Conference recap: a clarion call for an integrated global digital publishing ecosystem
September 2, 2014

Over 100 China publishing industry leaders convened in Beijing’s Crowne Plaza Hotel on August 29 at IDPF@BIBF, the first China event produced by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). IDPF@BIBF, held in conjunction with the 20th Beijing International Book Fair, focused on key issues and opportunities presented by the global expansion of digital publishing across segments of the traditional publishing industry (trade, reference, academic, scientific and education) . IDPF@BIBF was a “tremendous success” declared Mr. Liu Bogan, Vice President, China Publishing Group, in his closing remarks. Mr. Bogan also underscored a common thread running through many of the day’s talks: the strategic imperative for integration of the global publishing value chain through open standards and comprehensive platforms. Digital publishing supports a compelling need, in China and beyond, to increase reader access to compelling content. But it’s also critical to foster sustainable business models that will continue to make it profitable for authors and publishers to create and distribute that content across multiple channels. This critical need dictates increased integration: for “holding hands” across the industry and around the world. Another common theme of the day was the need to evolve from digitized editions to native digital content that takes full advantage of digital device capabilities, and which is already increasingly be created via “digital first” workflows rather than as a post-product of print production.

The rapidly evolving education publishing segment was a particular focus of IDPF@BIBF: in the day’s closing talks, Ryan Hunt, VP of Architecture and Solutions at Pearson, the world’s largest education publisher, and the CEO of Vibal Group, the Philippines market leader, showcased how their firms are reinventing themselves as technology companies as they innovate with digital content based on key open standards such as EPUB, HTML5 and the overall Open Web Platform (which were reviewed in depth by IDPF Executive Director Bill McCoy and Xiaoqian Wu of W3C Beihang University in their respective talks). The conference kicked off with a comprehensive region-by-region overview of global digital publishing market development from noted industry analyst Dr. Ruediger Wischenbart. IDPF@BIBF also featured case studies from executives Al Bertrand of Princeton University Press and Tom Christensen of Berkshire Publishing Group of how their firms are navigating the digital transformation in academic and reference segments by moving towards an e-centric model of content development. A compelling demonstration of the increasing role of interactivity in making content more engaging was provided by Joshua Seah, product manager at leading solution developer Metrodigi. And an engaging panel discussion between Copyright Clearance Center CEO Michael Healy and UK Publishers Association CEO Richard Mollett highlighted the enduring and evolving role of copyright in the digital age.

The complete program for IDPF@BIBF, with links to speaker slides, is available at http://idpf.org/idpf-bibf-2014. With a multi-year cooperation agreement in place between IDPF and China Publishing Group, the BIBF organizers, additional IDPF events focused on the China market are planned for the coming year including an IDPF presence at BIBF 2015 as well as bilingual content by IDPF at BookExpo America 2015, where China will be the Guest of Honor.


EPUB 3.0.1 Approved As Final Recommended Specification
June 26, 2014

EPUB 3.0.1 has been overwhelmingly approved by the IDPF membership as a final Recommended Specification, superseding EPUB 3.0 to become the current version of the EPUB Standard. EPUB 3.0.1 is a minor revision, focusing primarily on bug fixes and errata for the 3.0 specification, together with several minor backwards-compatible additions. 
A quorum of 95 IDPF member representatives voted in this election (50% of eligible members), with 93 voting in favor and 1 voting against (with 1 abstention), for an overall approval percentage of 99%, exceeding the Super-Majority of 66%, required by IDPF policies and procedures.

The changes in EPUB 3.0.1 are described in summary form
here, with full details of the 200+ issues addressed by the EPUB Working Group available 
here.

The EPUBCheck validation tool is expected to include complete support for EPUB 3.0.1 by August of this year, in conjunction with which samples for the new features of 3.0.1 are being developed. The EPUB Reading System Test Suite  will be updated to include tests for 3.0.1 during the same timeframe.  And, the Readium open source implementation of EPUB rendering  already supports several
 EPUB 3.0.1 features and expects to deliver full support during this year.

Public Drafts of EDUPUB Specifications Available
May 29, 2014
The IDPF today announced the elevation of four specifications to public draft status: EPUB 3 EDUPUB Profile, Open Annotation in EPUB, EPUB Distributable Objects, and EPUB Widget Packaging and Integration .  These specifications were developed by the EPUB 3 Working Group. 
Member and broader community review on these initial drafts are solicited through June 30, 2014.  
IDPF members may submit comments via the EPUB Working Group mailing list. 
Members and non-members are also welcome to submit comments via email to the IDPF CTO and EPUB Working Group co-chair Markus Gylling.
 
The EDUPUB initiative is a global alliance of standards organizations and stakeholders
 developing a comprehensive model for exchanging and distributing learning content based on EPUB 3, the overall Open Web Platform, and other emerging and adopted standards.  
IMS Global Learning, a key partner in the EDUPUB alliance, recently published a related draft document 
Using IMS Caliper Analytics, Question 
and Test Interoperability and Learning 
Tools Interoperability with EPUB 3: 
EDUPUB Best Practices, available for download at http://www.imsglobal.org/edupub/EPUB3QTILTICaliper_BestPracticesvd7.pdf . 
The next meeting of the EDUPUB alliance is EDUPUB Europe 2014 on June 19, 2014 in Oslo, Norway; register at 
http://edupubeurope.eventbrite.com/.

IDPF announces the launch of EPUBZone.org
Sarah Hilderley
April 8, 2014

LONDON, UK – 9 April 2014 (PRESS RELEASE): The IDPF is pleased to announce the launch of its new microsite – EPUBZone.org, the Community and News site for all things EPUB.

“IDPF is launching EPUBZone to broaden information resources for our members and the publishing industry at large" said Bill McCoy, Executive Director, IDPF. "Our main website will continue to focus on IDPF's work, including ongoing development of the EPUB standard, while the complementary focus of EPUBZone will be as a clearinghouse and global community for EPUB adopters and users, with an emphasis on practical information and real-world solutions.”

EPUBZone is a resource available to everyone in the publishing industry, providing a central forum for information, discussion, latest news and details of events about EPUB, the globally adopted digital publication standard. The initial focus is EPUB 3, the latest version of the standard, with articles about capabilities and best practice for creating EPUB 3 compatible content and a showcase gallery of freely downloadable sample material. In addition, there is also specific information for developers including specification updates and plans for the future.

Get involved and stay in touch! We welcome all news stories and updates of your experiences with EPUB - please share these with our community. Follow us on twitter - @EPUB3zone and help us to make this a useful and vibrant site for all EPUB users.

For further information and details about how you can contribute to this new site please contact Sarah Hilderley, Community Engagements Manager at IDPF – sarah@idpf.org.


Announcing EDUPUB Europe 2014 - June 19, Oslo
March 19, 2014
EDUPUB Europe 2014
will take place in Oslo, Norway, 19 June 2014.   The meeting will provide an update on current progress of the EDUPUB initiative to advance the effective adoption and use of e-textbooks and other digital learning materials by improving interoperability, accessibility, and baseline capabilities via broad adoption of enabling technical standards. 
 EDUPUB is an alliance of trade and standards organizations and other stakeholders working to establish a globally interoperable, accessible, open ecosystem for e-Textbooks and other Digital Learning Materials via EPUB 3, Educational Sector Standards and the Open Web Platform.
 
The workshop is co-sponsored by IDPF and IMS Global Learning and hosted by ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC36 and Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences / LACE project. The agenda and registration details for the workshop are available at: http://idpf.org/edupub-europe-2014 .
 
Other upcoming EDUPUB related events will include IMS Learning Impact Leadership Institute, (May 5-8, New Orleans) which will feature an EDUPUB update panel and the IDPF Digital Book conference at BookExpo America, (May 28-29 in New York City, NY) which will have several EDUPUB sessions in its Education track.

Call for review: Public Draft of EPUB Dictionaries
March 11, 2014
The IDPF Board has approved elevation of EPUB Dictionaries (http://www.idpf.org/epub/dict/) to public draft status. EPUB Dictionaries, developed by the IDPF Dictionaries Working Group,  provides a means for authors to represent dictionary and glossary semantics in EPUB publications, allowing Reading Systems to deliver enhanced search features. Member and public review is solicited through April 12, 2014. IDPF members may submit comments via the EPUB Working Group mailing list. Members and non-members are also welcome to submit comments via email to the
working group co-chair.

EPUB 3.0.1, EPUB Indexes Now Proposed Specifications
March 11, 2014
The IDPF Board recently approved working group recommendations to advance the specifications of EPUB 3.0.1 and EPUB Indexes to Proposed Specification status. A final member and public review and comment period for both of these specifications will be open through April 30, after which the final step according to IDPF policies would be a member vote to approve as Recommended Specifications. EPUB Indexes, developed by the IDPF Indexes Working Group, defines a consistent way of encoding the structure and content of indexes in EPUB Publications. Reading Systems can exploit this encoding to offer not only the benefits of a print index but also interactive functionality and features not possible in a print book. 
EPUB 3.0.1 is a minor maintenance release update to EPUB 3.0, developed by the umbrella IDPF EPUB Working Group. It incorporate a number of corrections to errors and omissions, and updates normative references to the latest versions of dependent specifications, as detailed in 
http://www.idpf.org/epub/301/spec/epub-changes.html. 
 
IDPF members may submit comments on either specification via the EPUB Working Group mailing list.  Regarding EPUB 3.0.1, members and non-members are also welcome to submit comments  via the EPUB specifications
issue tracker 
or via email to the
EPUB working group co-chair. The issue tracker is also a useful source of background information on the motivation for specific changes, as is the
EPUB WG wiki.  
Regarding EPUB Indexes,  members and non-members are welcome to submit comments via email to the Indexes working group co-chair.
 

IDPF Workshop on EPUB Comics/Manga - March 26 (Paris)
February 27, 2014

The IDPF will hold a technical workshop on Sequential Art (Comics, Manga, Bandes dessinées, and new form)  on March 26, 2014 in Paris, France, hosted by Cap Digital, and via web meeting. The goals of this international workshop are to inform IDPF members and other interested parties about the new features for fixed-layout EPUB that have been developed by the Advanced-Hybrid Layout (AHL) Working Group, to determine what gaps may still remain in EPUB relative to requirements for digital comics and manga (such as
 interactive cutscenes and other advanced inter- and intra-page transition effects), and to reach consensus of stakeholders on an action plan to address these gaps and ensure that EPUB is a 
complete foundation for rich, interactive digital comics and manga on a global basis.
 For more information on the event and how to participate, visit the event page at 
http://idpf.org/idpf-comics-manga-workshop-paris .