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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.


Program Announced for IDPF@BIBF (August 29, Beijing)
August 5, 2014

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, 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  

Announcing EDUPUB Tokyo 2014 (September 16-18)
July 7, 2014

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 .  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 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 

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 . 
The next meeting of the EDUPUB alliance is EDUPUB Europe 2014 on June 19, 2014 in Oslo, Norway; register at

Program Announced for EDUPUB Europe 2014 (June 19, Oslo)
May 23, 2014

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 . 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.


IDPF announces the launch of
Sarah Hilderley
April 8, 2014

LONDON, UK – 9 April 2014 (PRESS RELEASE): The IDPF is pleased to announce the launch of its new microsite –, 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 –

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: .
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 ( 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 
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 .