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Incheon (Republic of Korea) named World Book Capital 2015

unescoThe city of Incheon (Republic of Korea) was named World Book Capital for the year 2015 by an international committee of experts representing the book industry and UNESCO, that met on 16 July at the Organization’s Headquarters.

The Selection Committee retained the candidature of the city of Incheon on account of the quality of its programme and the impact it will have on improving the promotion of books and reading by all stakeholders involved in the publishing sector, as well as access to printed and digital publishing for the citizens of Incheon and the Korean Peninsula according to the selection committee.Read more

Communiqué de Presse ALIRE/SDLC/SLF

Les libraires défendent le principe de l’interopérabilité des systèmes liés au livre numérique

Paris, le 28 juin 2013 –

Pour que vive l’exception culturelle française, pour que la diversité reste un droit, pour que chaque lecteur ait le choix de sa librairie numérique, les libraires défendent le principe de l’interopérabilité des systèmes liés au livre numérique.

L’ALIRE, le SDLC, et le SLF diffusent en français un résumé de l’étude de l’Université Gutenberg sur l’interopérabilité du livre numérique commanditée par l’EIBF (Fédération Européenne et Internationale des Libraires).Read more

On the interoperability of e-books formats

A study into interoperability of e-book formats unveiled at the  EIBF Annual Conference, Brussels, 16 May
2013, commissioned  from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz by the European & International Booksellers Federation

A summary of the study in German and French are available in attachment below.

The study was conducted by Professor Christoph Bläsi and Professor Franz Rothlauf of  Johannes Gutenberg University, who said: “There is no technical or functional reason not to use and establish EPUB 3 as an/the interoperable (open) ebook format standard.

One short term obstacle is the non-availability of reader applications able to display all EPUB 3 features. However, this problem should be fixed soon by the IDPF Readium initiative which is developing an open source reference system and rendering engine for EPUB 3.”Read more

EBook Interoperability: Study, commissioned by EIBF, backs EC Vice-President KROES on Digital Agenda

“Ebook interoperability is a major requirement to build a truly digital society”,
says European Commission Vice-President

A study into interoperability of e-book formats was unveiled at the EIBF Annual Conference, Brussels, 16 May.

In the preface to the study, European Commission Vice-President, Neelie Kroes, wrote: “Now is the time for open standards regarding ebooks“.Read more

Digital Publishing Is Now Truly Global: IPA Endorses EPUB 3 as Global Publishing Standard

The International Publishers Association (IPA) recognizes EPUB 3 as a preferred standard format for representing HTML and other web content for distribution as single-file publications. IPA recommends that publishers and their national publishers’ associations familiarise themselves with EPUB 3 and explore whether and how they can make best use of its functionalities.Read more

Press Release of B.A. UK & Ireland on DRM

Also see http://www.futurebook.net/content/digital-rights-monopoly

The Booksellers Association has spoken out on the issue of e-books, DRM and a healthy marketplace, following the launch of a lawsuit by independent booksellers in the US.

Three US independents have launched a case against Amazon and the six major publishers, claiming the use of DRM on the publishers’ e-books is specifically designed to limit the use of digital content to Kindle devices.

“The vast majority of readers who wish to read an e-book published by the Big Six will purchase the e-book from Amazon,” the filing stated, calling it “unreasonable restraint of trade and commerce in the market for e-books”.Read more