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.
IDPF@BIBF (August 29, Beijing) is a one-day conference on the digital transformation of the global publishing industry and IDPF's first-ever event in China. The full program is now available at http://idpf.org/idpf-bibf-2014, and international registration is available. Produced in partnership with the China National Publications Import and Export (Group) Corporation (CNPIEC, the BIBF organizers), IDPF@BIBF is will cover the current market situation and near-term outlook for the global publishing industry as it evolves to address the new opportunities and disruptive challenges posed by technology and the Internet. The practical program (English and Mandarin simultaneous translation) will feature publishing senior executives and thought leaders from both trade and education publishing, and is designed to offer actionable insights and empowering tools for executive, business and technical leaders in publishing houses and publishing industry suppliers seeking to go out into the global market.
IDPF@BIBF's strong line-up of speakers includes Richard Mollett (CEO, UK Publishers Association), Ryan Hunt (VP Architecture, Pearson, the world's largest education publisher), Michael Healy (CEO, Copyright Clearance Center), Bill McCoy (Executive Director, IDPF), Tom Christensen (Associate Director, Berkshire Publishing, Gus Vibal (CEO, Vibal Group, the Philippines' largest education publisher) Dr. Ruediger Wischenbart (prominent publishing industry analyst) and executives and leaders from other organizations including W3C (the developers of HTML5 and other Web Standards) and Metrodigi (leading developers of interactive eBooks).
If you will be at the Beijing International Book Fair, don't miss IDPF@BIBF!
For the full program and advance registration information visit
EDUPUB Tokyo 2014, the next convocation of the global community developing a global open platform for e-textbooks and other learning content, will take place September 16-18 in Shinagawa Tokyo, at Microsoft Japan HQ.
The afternoon of September 16 will cover technologies for learning environment integration standardized by
IMS Global. Day 2, September 17, will be the primary international workshop day for EDUPUB Tokyo (English only) and include an evening reception. Day 3, September 18, will comprise an informational overview of EDUPUB targeting Japanese stakeholders (bilingual English/Japanese).
For more information and to apply to be a presenter or attendee please visit http://www.jepa.or.jp/edupub/early.html . NOTE: the detailed agenda is forthcoming and some venue details may be adjusted, so please check back to that page for the latest information.
EDUPUB Tokyo 2014 is organizationally sponsored by EDUPUB Alliance partners IDPF, IMS Global and W3C. The EDUPUB Tokyo 2014 Secretariat is provided courtesy of JEPA, the Japan Electronic Publishing Association, in cooperation with co-hosts JAPET, AXIES, and JMOOC and primary venue host Microsoft Japan. Other EDUPUB Tokyo 2014 collaborators include Sophia University, The Open University of Japan and Dentsu. Additional sponsors and collaborators will be announced.
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
IDPF and EDUPUB Alliance partners today announced the preliminary agenda for EDUPUB Europe 2014 (June 19, Oslo Norway). Over 100 atttendees are expected at this workshop; registration is open through June 1. For more information or to register visit the workshop main page at http://idpf.org/edupub-europe-2014 . The EDUPUB Alliance is a global initiative coordinating ongoing work among multiple standards organizations and their stakeholders
(currently IDPF, IMS Global, W3C). During 2014 the EDUPUB Alliance is developing a comprehensive model for the interchange and deployment of educational content based on the Open Web Platform expressed as an integrated set of specifications including EPUB 3 (IDPF), LTI, QTI (IMS) and other emerging standards, with the intention to facilitate rapid adoption by the EDU publishing ecosystem for next-generation e-textbooks and other learning materials.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org.
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