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 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
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
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
The Book Industry Study Group (US) officially endorsed EPUB3 as the official standard for eBooks
Decision of the Selection Committee
The Selection Committee of the World Book Capital 2014, made up of the representatives of the International publishers Association (IPA), the International Booksellers Federation (IBF), the International Federation of Library associations and Institutions (IFLA) and UNESCO, met on 5 July 2012 under the chair of Alexis Krikorian (IPA), in order to examine the applications for the nomination of the World Book Capital 2014, in accordance with Resolution 31 C/29, adopted by the UNESCO General Conference on 2 November 2001.
The city of Port Harcourt (Nigeria) was nominated as World Book Capital 2014 on account of the quality of tis programme, in particular its focus on youth, and the impact it will have on improving Nigeria’s culture of books, reading, writing and publishin to improve literacy rates.
Report to the mission on how to support the French bookselling sector, at the initiative of former Minister for Culture, Frédéric Mitterand (in French).
Soutenir la librairie pour consolider l’ensemble de la chaîne du livre : une exigence et une responsabilité partagée.
On Monday 21st of May, Ari Doeser outgoing Director of the Royal Dutch Booksellers Association (Koninklijke Boekverkopersbond), outgoing Member of the board of EBF and IBF, received the prestigious Donner Prize 2012.
This Prize is awarded every five years to a personality who proved outstanding dedication to the book sector in the Netherlands.
Ari Doeser was selected in reason of his long and successful career as Director and Member of the Board of the Dutch BA, the Dutch book token association and the Service and consultancy office for bookshops, and for his commitment to the book sector as a whole.
The Donner Prize was created by the Dutch Booksellers Association to celebrate its 50th anniversary
and in memory of Jan Hendrik Donner who was the first president of the BA.
Over the past two weeks, we have seen coordinated attacks on democratic institutions such as the European
Parliament and national governments. As companies, associations and citizens, we stand against such attempts to silence democratic institutions. Instead, we call for a calm and reasoned assessment of facts instead of misinformation. This considerate reaction is more important than ever at times when many
outside of Europe doubt the ability of the European Union institutions and its Member State governments to act together. Read more