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 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
The new website epubtest.org has been launched in a collaboration between the Book Industry Study Group (BISG), DAISY Consortium, and the IDPF. EPUBTest.org provides a unified home for the definitive EPUB 3 Reading System Conformance Testsuite, originally developed by the IDPF, and the next generation of the BISG EPUB 3 Support Grid, which has been revamped, via a collaboration between BISG and DAISY, from an Excel spreadsheet listing high-level features into a Web-based database with fine-grained results determined objectively via the EPUB 3 Testsuite. The initial set of results showcase conformance of over two dozen different reading systems. At launch, the four highest scoring reading systems were Readium for Chrome (82% on required EPUB 3 features, 74% overall including optional features), VitalSource Bookshelf (79.5% / 61.5% for Mac version), iBooks (77.6% / 60.6% for iOS version), and Kobo iOS App (71.4% / 61% ). But now the race is on: who will be the first to reach 100% conformance?
The members of Readium Foundation (
Readium.org), an independent open source consortium developing software to advance adoption of EPUB and the Open Web Platform for publishing, have elected a representative Board of Directors. The initial seven directors elected by the forty members from among fifteen candidates include representatives from Bokbasen, Bluefire, Feedbooks, New York Public Library (NYPL), one independent (unaffiliated) contributor, and as well Pierre Danet (Hachette), who also serves on the IDPF Board of Directors, and Bill McCoy, Executive Director of IDPF.
The directors subsequently elected Bill McCoy to serve as President.
SEATTLE, WA – 13 February 2014 (PRESS RELEASE): International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a collaboration to develop a white paper highlighting lessons learned from IBM’s recent decision to support EPUB as the company’s primary packaged portable document format.
EPUB is the widely adopted open standard format, for digital publications, developed by IDPF, based on HTML5 and other technologies from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), as well as technologies from IDPF. IDPF is a trade and standards association with over 300 members in over 45 countries. Increased client demand for mobile solutions, accessibility through the cloud, and the transformational opportunities both pose for enterprise content are the key drivers for IBM’s move to the next-generation portable document format. By standardizing on EPUB, IBM is also extending its leadership in accessibility and delivering a richer user experience and engagement.
“We applaud IBM’s innovation in adopting EPUB across the spectrum of enterprise content and in its education solutions, to create a better reading experience for its content across devices and the spectrum of individual needs,” said Bill McCoy, Executive Director, IDPF. “We look forward to collaborating to showcase lessons learned by a global IT leader in order to help other enterprises and content publishers move digital publishing onto the Open Web Platform.”
IBM also recently joined IDPF as well as the Readium Foundation, a consortium formed last year to develop open source tools libraries to accelerate adoption of the latest IDPF standards and bootstrap the development of compatible reading solutions. Over 40 industry leaders, including IBM, are contributing funds, people, and technology to advance the Readium effort. IBM will also be promoting EPUB based workflows in its IT solutions for e-learning and education publishing.
“We are now in an age of extreme multichannel publishing which makes open web technologies and standards that are based on them such as EPUB more important than ever.” said Frank Gilbane, Founder of Bluebill Advisors and the Gilbane Conference. "EPUB has already become a critical component of publishing industry infrastructure for book publishing and is especially interesting for modern textbooks and other collaborative book applications. IBM’s adoption of EPUB for enterprise documents is a significant endorsement for using EPUB for a much broader set of enterprise content applications.”
“Accessibility and other EPUB features will redefine what we know as textbooks by expanding its utility to all students, including those with speech, hearing or vision challenges, to ensure they have the same opportunities to gain skills and training to compete in the 21st-century workforce,” said Michael D. King, Vice President, Global Education Industry at IBM. “By having digital content available on mobile devices of their choice, we can create more engagement from students, while also helping teachers teach in the digital world that students live and play.
For additional statements of support for this announcement, please see the quote sheet at
http://idpf.org/news/ibm_adopts_epub-supporter-quotes. Learn more about
IBM’s accessibility initiatives and join the discussion with IBM on
Google+. [UPDATE (Feb. 14): IBM published their own online article
about the initiative.]
The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) membership has elected eight board members, including five new directors and three re-elected Incumbents. A record 65% of eligible IDPF member organizations cast votes in this election. Directors elected in this cycle are:
A call for speakers is now open for IDPF Digital Book 2014 at BookExpo America (May 28-29, NYC Javits Center). IDPF Digital Book at BEA is a multi-faceted conference geared towards leaders and professionals across the industry from publishers and editors to the production team, distributors, programmers and developers, marketers, and executives. DB14 will include three content tracks targeting business & marketing, technology & production , and education & STM publishing. Over 1,000 attendees are expected. Please send speaker proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 1, 2014.
Proposals should include the speaker's name, organization and title, proposed topic and title, and relevant experience (ideally including slides and/or recordings from previous presentations). Limited sponsorship opportunities are also available.
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 .