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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

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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

World Book Capital 2014

Decision of the Selection Committee

unesco_portharcourtThe 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.