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.
Nearly 100 people attended the first-ever IDPF seminar in India this past Saturday, November 30 2013. Hosted by Adobe at their Noida campus (New Delhi area), with logistics support from DAISY India office, the event featured presenters from IDPF, W3C, Adobe, O'Reilly Media,
Aptara, DAISY, and National Book Trust. Speakers covered a variety of topics related to EPUB 3 and HTML5 for publishers. A number of live demos showcased
O'Reilly's new Atlas online authoring platform, Adobe's latest
HTML5 authoring solutions, and InDesign CC EPUB 3 export. Vigorous Q&A punctuated the day, to the point that the final discussion panel was deferred and the event still ran over time (yet almost all attendees stayed until the bitter end). Presentation files have been uploaded to the public event site:
NYPL Labs and
Readium.org are co-organizing an "Open Book" hack weekend at NYPL (42nd St. main building) January 11-13 2014. Sponsors include O'Reilly Media, Hypothes.is, and Perseus Books Group. For more information or to register visit: http://bit.ly/1b8lGA9 .
Building on the momentum established in the inaugural EDUPUB workshop (Oct 29-30, Boston), EDUPUB2 has now been announced and is open for participation EDUPUB2, hosted by IMS Global and co-sponsored by IDPF and W3C, will take place Feb 12-13 2014 in Salt Lake City, USA. EDUPUB 2 will be the 2nd in a series of workshops led by the global publishing and education segment to accelerate market adoption of digital textbooks and learning materials by collaborating on enabling open standards and best practices. More information:
The EPUB Working Group recently started a project to develop a modular specification for annotations in EPUB (unfinished business per the EPUB 3 Charter). The results are expected to be aligned with Open Annotations, a specification being developed by the OpenAnnotations W3C Community Group. For more information about the project, including how members can participate, visit https://code.google.com/p/epub-revision/wiki/AnnotationsMainPage .
On November 7, 2013 the IDPF Board of Directors unanimously approved publication of a second Public Draft of EPUB Indexes 1.0. EPUB Indexes, developed by the EPUB 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. The draft specification is available at:
http://www.idpf.org/epub/idx/ . Comments on the second draft specification are solicited through December 3, 2013. IDPF members may submit comments via the EPUB WG mailing list. Members and non-members are also welcome to submit comments via
email to the working group co-chair Michele Combs (
According to IDPF policies, the next steps in the approval process after Public Draft would be for the Board to elevate a potentially revised specification to Proposed Draft for a final member review (including Intellectual Property review), followed by a member vote to approve as a final Recommended Specification.
On November 7, 2013 the IDPF Board of Directors unanimously approved elevation of EPUB 3.0.1 to public draft status. EPUB 3.0.1, developed by the EPUB Working Group, is a backwards-compatible minor update to EPUB 3 intended to address a number of minor errata and issues in EPUB 3.0, improve alignment with the latest Open Web Platform specifications, and provide extension points for modular extensions to EPUB that are presently under development. Comments on the draft specification are solicited through December 3, 2013. IDPF members may submit comments via the EPUB WG mailing list. Members and non-members are also welcome to submit comments via the EPUB specifications issue tracker ( https://code.google.com/p/epub-revision/issues/list) or via email to the working group co-chair and IDPF CTO Markus Gylling (email@example.com). The issue tracker is also a useful source of background information on the motivation for specific changes, as is the EPUB WG wiki at https://code.google.com/p/epub-revision/wiki/EPUB301Revision . According to IDPF policies, the next steps in the approval process after Public Draft would be for the Board to elevate the (potentially revised based on comments) specification to Proposed Draft for a final member review (including Intellectual Property review), followed by a member vote to approve as a final Recommended Specification.
The draft specifications are available at:
As part of the ongoing EPUB 3 Implementation Project
Association for American Publishers (AAP) has made available a white paper that documents several outcomes of the cross-industry initiative, including the top 10 features deemed most critical for immediate implementation by participating publishers and reading system developers, as well as the top 13 tips for content publishers to create accessible EPUB 3 publications. For more information and to download the white paper, visit:
The detailed program agenda for EDUPUB, an IDPF workshop on digital publishing for education, is now available at http://idpf.org/edupub-2013-agenda . The invitation-only event, taking place October 29-30, 2013 in Boston (USA), will cover four topic themes: the educational interoperability landscape, rich and interactive content, accessibility, and production workflows. Keynote speakers include Jeff Jaffe (CEO, W3C) and Dan Cooper (SVP of Content Management Solutions, Pearson North America. Other presenters at the workshop represent a wide range of leading organizations and institutions involved in education publishing including IMS Global Learning, SIF, Sophia University (Japan), Ingram VitalSource, CourseSmart, Inkling, Carson-Dellosa, O'Reilly Media, Imagineering, Google, Benetech, Metrodigi, CETIS, NCAM, LRMI, AMAC, Wolfram, DAISY, ETS, Nook Media, Adobe, VersaPub, Harvard Business Publishing, and Evident Point.
EDUPUB is hosted by Pearson Education, with organizational co-sponsors W3C and IMS Global Learning, and additional corporate sponsors including Aptara, CourseSmart, Ingram Content Group, Metrodigi, and SPi Global. The agenda was developed by the program co-chairs Markus Gylling (IDPF and DAISY) and Paul Belfanti (Pearson), and a blue-ribbon program committee of leaders from across the industry. For more information about EDUPUB visit: http://idpf.org/edupub-2013 .
The inaugural edition of CONTEC Frankfurt will take place on October 8 2013. CONTEC is a new conference series designed to shed light on the many ways the experience of publishing is changing, covering the most relevant topics and presenting them in a way that promotes dialogue and exchange among attendees, speakers and even those following along via social media. CONTEC Frankfurt will offer actionable tips for integrating big data/small data, explore the latest in open platforms and standards, examine alternative sales channels, and much more. A special track devoted to publishers and startups, as well as executive roundtables on self-publishing and the future of higher education and academic publishing, will round out the programme. EDItEUR’s Supply Chain track will also share the stage at CONTEC Frankfurt, and speakers will include established industry thought leaders as well as fresh new voices. IDPF members get 20% off registration by using promotion code CONTEC13Partner20IDPF. Register now at: http://www.book-fair.com/en/academy/programme/00339/.