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.
The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) will later this year formally launch a new European headquarters in Paris, France. IDPF Europe will be co-located with European headquarters for the affiliated Readium Foundation (Readium.org), hosted by a newly created European Digital Reading Lab (EDRL). EDRL has been formed with the support of the French government and industry stakeholders, with 1.5 million Euros of incremental funding already committed. The overall goal of the iniitative is to promote EPUB and Web technologies for publishing, fostering open standards and open source development in order to improve availability, accessibility, and interoperability of digital publications. The European Digital Reading Lab will be located in central Paris within the facilities of Cap Digital, an innovation and business accelerator dedicated to the development of the digital economy in France and the Paris region. EDRL has already begun to recruit key staff, beginning with its CTO.
Following on from last year's highly successful event, IDPF@BIBF is a one day conference on August 28, 2015 at the Beijing International Book Fair, focusing on the general trend of digital publishing and readers. Industry experts will look at the current market situation and the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. Speakers include experts from Amazon Kindle China, People's Oriental Publishing and Media Group, Ingram, Pearson Education, China and IDPF Executive Director Bill McCoy who will also host the afternoon session and present closing remarks. The opening presentation will be given by Dr Ruediger Wischenbart (Owner Content and Consulting) on The many faces of ebooks around the world. Interested parties should contact Ms Yani Zhao via
firstname.lastname@example.org for ticket information. For an overview of 2014's hugely successful conference see
The full program includes:
9:30-9:45 Welcome remarks
9:45-10:10 Dr. Ruediger Wischenbart - Owner Content and Consulting
The many faces of ebooks around the world: A market analysis of major international ebook markets
10:10-10:35 Xiao Wei - President and General Manager, E-surfing Reading Culture Communications Co., Ltd
Era of Digital Reading 4.0: Content Interconnection Creates a New Reading Ecology
10:35-11:00 Bill McCoy - Executive Director, IDPF
Reaching Readers with Digital Content: a Global Perspective
11:00-11:25 Yu Hong - Vice President of Amazon Kindle Marketing
Reading Data Analysis in the Digital Reading Era
11:25-11:50 Robert E. Baensch - Director, Publishing Program, SUNY Global Center, New York
Costs and Income for Different Forms of E-publishing: Robert E. Baensch（Director, Publishing Program, SUNY Global Center, New York
12:00-13:00 Lunch Break
13:20-13:45 Vincent Cheah - Senior Product Manager, Cengage Learning Asia
Digital Archives Case Study - Full Text Search within Primary Source
13:45-14:10 Liu Wenna - Director of the Lifestyle Books Editing Department, People's Oriental Publishing & Media Co
WeChat Thinking of Publishing & Media Organizations
14:10-14:30 Tea Break
14:30-14:55 James Guan - VP of Pearson Education, Great China
Educational Publishing Case Study
14.55-15.20 Karen Christensen, CEO Berkshire Publishing Group
Why a CEO Should Write Code
15:20-15:35 Li Chaodong - Chairman, Nanjing SSQR Digital Technology Co., Ltd.and Jinglun Culture Media Co.,Ltd.
Forms and Prospects of Compound Publishing
15:35-16:00 Bill McCoy, Executive Director IDPF
June 29 sees the gathering of of a broad range of institutions at this one day conference in Brussels. IDPF are delighted to be co-organizers of this event alongside the Interinstitutional Digital Publishing Committee of the EU where delegates can look forward to an intensive day discussing challenges and opportunities that today's dynamic publishing ecosystem presents.
This one day conference is designed to be highly interactive, balancing presentations of best practices with discussion among presenters and the attendees. Attendees will learn about a variety of important standards and technologies, including EPUB 3, and hear how institutions (including government agencies, political, trade and charitable associations and other organizations that publish content but are not commercial publishers), large and small, are employing them to modernize their publication processes and better support accessibility and mobile devices. Most importantly, there will be ample opportunity to openly discuss the challenges and obstacles institutions face, and learn how other institutions are addressing them.
The conference will be of value to directors, executives, and managers of institutions and their publishing operations. Attendance will be strictly limited and by invitation only. Please see http://idpf.org/news-and-events/transforming-institutional-publishing-sharing-best-practices for details of how to apply for an invitation and related costs.
Member organizations of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) have elected six board members, including two new directors and four re-elected incumbents. New directors include Graham Bell (EDItEUR) and Eoin Noble (Safari Books Online). Incumbent directors re-elected in this cycle include the elected Board President, George Kerscher (DAISY Consortium) as well as Garth Conboy (Google), Pierre Danet (Hachette Livre) and Cristina Mussinelli (Italian Publishers Association). IDPF Board members
serve two-year terms, with annual elections for approximately half of the 14-member board. Reflecting the increasing globalization of the IDPF membership and the digital publishing industry, this election marks the first time since the inception of IDPF that a majority of the elected Board members are located outside North America.
EPUB 3.0 was recently published by the International Standards Organization as ISO/IEC TS 30135 (parts 1-7)
. EPUB 3.0 was submitted to ISOi/IEC JTC 1 SC34 (Joint Technical Committee 1, Subcommittee 34,
Document description and processing languages
) by the government of South Korea, in cooperation with the IDPF.
During the by-country voting and subsequent ballot resolution process, several dozen minor specification issues with EPUB 3.0 reported by ISO experts have been resolved in the latest revision of EPUB, EPUB 3.0.1, which recently became the current version of the EPUB Standard. The IDPF anticipates continued collaboration with ISO, with the expectation to submit
to JTC 1
a forthcoming EPUB 3.1 update as a prospective full International Standard. A Joint Working Group (JWG) for EPUB has been formed, presently including the ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC34,
ISO TC 46/SC4 and IEC TC 100/TA 100
"IDPF is delighted with the active collaboration with ISO that has led to publication of EPUB 3.0 as ISO TS 30135, as well as improvements in EPUB 3.0.1" said George Kerscher, President of IDPF and Secretary-General of the DAISY Consortium. "An ISO designation for the EPUB Standard will further aid global adoption of EPUB, which is designed to deliver on key accessibility mandates".
"Korea NB has made concerted efforts to promote EPUB 3, including approval of EPUB 3 as Korean National Standard at the end of 2012 to support tbe digital textbook policy of the Ministry of Education, prior to submission as an ISO TS"
said co-convenors of EPUB Joint Working Group (JWG), Dr. Sam Oh (Prof.,
and Dr. Yong-Sang Cho. (Principal
Researcher, Korea Education & Research Information Service - KERIS - a branch of Korea Ministry of Education).
Korea's digital textbook helped launch the EDUPUB alliance, and Korean stakeholders have continuously strived to improve EPUB standards for more interactive teaching and learning environment based on digital textbook. We firmly believe that EPUB will be adopted more widely and considered as a de-jure standard, and look forward to collaboration with IDPF in the new Joint Working Group".
The next gathering of the EDUPUB community will take place in Phoenix, Arizona (USA) on February 26 and 27, 2015. A preliminary program is now available, and registration is open. The summit will launch the implementation phase of EDUPUB, a cross-organizational initiative to develop a comprehensive open platform for next-generation learning content based on EPUB 3, IMS standards for learning environment integration, and the overall Open Web Platform. Bookending the summit day (Tburs., Feb. 26) are co-located IMS Global Quarterly Meeting (Mon.-Tues. Feb. 23-24, open to IMS members only), bootcamps for IMS Caliper Analytics and LTI standards (Wed. Feb 25), and an IDPF workplan meeting focused on the content-related aspects of EDUPUB (Fri. Feb. 26). The Wed, Thurs, and Fri events A la carte registration is available, with a nominal charge of $250 for the Thurs/Fri EDUPUB events and $200 for the Wed Caliper/LTI bootcamps .A $50 discount for each event is available for members of EDUPUB partner organizations (BISG, DAISY Consortium, IDPF, IMS Global, Readium Foundation, W3C). Limited space is available so reserve your seat today and participate in the defining the open platform for education content.
Meeting objectives include:Recap results to date of EDUPUB initiative Launch the implementation phase for EDUPUB compatible content and learning environment integration. Plan certification programs for EDUPUB content and learning environment integration Showcase current and upcoming EDUPUB compatible solutions Discuss the business equation for EDUPUB including how EDUPUB will enable a quantum leap in efficacy and scalability of next-generation digital content in learning environments Analyze remaining capability gaps and begin the dialog with industry experts/adopting organizations on the roadmap for future EDUPUB enhancements. Further development of EPUB EDUPUB profile and related development (EPUB 3.1)