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.
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)
Over 100 China publishing industry leaders convened in Beijing’s Crowne Plaza Hotel on August 29 at IDPF@BIBF, the first China event produced by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). IDPF@BIBF, held in conjunction with the 20th Beijing International Book Fair, focused on key issues and opportunities presented by the global expansion of digital publishing across segments of the traditional publishing industry (trade, reference, academic, scientific and education) . IDPF@BIBF was a “tremendous success” declared Mr. Liu Bogan, Vice President, China Publishing Group, in his closing remarks. Mr. Bogan also underscored a common thread running through many of the day’s talks: the strategic imperative for integration of the global publishing value chain through open standards and comprehensive platforms. Digital publishing supports a compelling need, in China and beyond, to increase reader access to compelling content. But it’s also critical to foster sustainable business models that will continue to make it profitable for authors and publishers to create and distribute that content across multiple channels. This critical need dictates increased integration: for “holding hands” across the industry and around the world. Another common theme of the day was the need to evolve from digitized editions to native digital content that takes full advantage of digital device capabilities, and which is already increasingly be created via “digital first” workflows rather than as a post-product of print production.
The rapidly evolving education publishing segment was a particular focus of IDPF@BIBF: in the day’s closing talks, Ryan Hunt, VP of Architecture and Solutions at Pearson, the world’s largest education publisher, and the CEO of Vibal Group, the Philippines market leader, showcased how their firms are reinventing themselves as technology companies as they innovate with digital content based on key open standards such as EPUB, HTML5 and the overall Open Web Platform (which were reviewed in depth by IDPF Executive Director Bill McCoy and Xiaoqian Wu of W3C Beihang University in their respective talks). The conference kicked off with a comprehensive region-by-region overview of global digital publishing market development from noted industry analyst Dr. Ruediger Wischenbart. IDPF@BIBF also featured case studies from executives Al Bertrand of Princeton University Press and Tom Christensen of Berkshire Publishing Group of how their firms are navigating the digital transformation in academic and reference segments by moving towards an e-centric model of content development. A compelling demonstration of the increasing role of interactivity in making content more engaging was provided by Joshua Seah, product manager at leading solution developer Metrodigi. And an engaging panel discussion between Copyright Clearance Center CEO Michael Healy and UK Publishers Association CEO Richard Mollett highlighted the enduring and evolving role of copyright in the digital age.
The complete program for IDPF@BIBF, with links to speaker slides, is available at http://idpf.org/idpf-bibf-2014. With a multi-year cooperation agreement in place between IDPF and China Publishing Group, the BIBF organizers, additional IDPF events focused on the China market are planned for the coming year including an IDPF presence at BIBF 2015 as well as bilingual content by IDPF at BookExpo America 2015, where China will be the Guest of Honor.
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