All about EPUB3: An Update

Robert Kasher (Newgen KnowledgeWorks), Keith Fahlgren (Safari Books Online), George Kerscher (Daisy Consortium), Bill Kasdorf (Apex Content Solutions)
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Learn the latest developments in EPUB, the free and open standard format created by the International Digital Publishing Forum.

Intro: What is EPUB and why is it important?

  • The usefulness of an Industry Standard
  • The role EPUB has played in the digital transformation of publishing

Why a new EPUB Standard now?

  • IPAD, Android, Playbook – CSS3 and HTML 5 and their impact on Digital Publishing
  • The need to globalize EPUB (language support)
  • Support for Multi-media and Enhanced E-books (rich media)
  • Greater Support for Disability Access (accessibility)
  • Developing a stronger metadata profile (metadata)
  • Cross linking capabilities (content integration)
  • Expansion to other Print Media (Magazines, Newspapers)

How has the new standard been developed?

  • Mandate of the IDPF Board
  • Development of the EPUB Working Group
  • Inclusion of public comment
  • Working to incorporate existing standards rather than invent new requirements
  • Making EPUB a more consistent standard

Where are we at?

  • First draft of the standard – a quick report of changes proposed
  • Metadata
  • Rich Media
  • Language Support
  • Accessibility
  • Content Integration
  • Other Media Support
  • Public Comment Phase
  • Final Draft – planned release BEA 2011

Question Panel: Additionally – We know a lot of you will want to ask about what EPUB 3.0 can do, how it will be facilitated etc. So we have added an expert panel from the EPUB Working Group to the presentation including Keith Fahlgren, George Kerscher, Bill Kasdorf and myself to answer your questions and we plan on giving you a lot of time to do so.

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Robert Kasher

Newgen KnowledgeWorks

Bob Kasher has been a pioneer in digital publishing having founded Database Directories one of Canada’s first digital publishing houses in 1995 as well as being involved in the early development of mobile delivery systems for print books with his involvement with the Global Reader project at Macmillan Publisher Services. He is also the author of nine books as well as two mobile/digital travel guides. He is currently Sales Director at NewGen as well as a member of the EPUB 3 Working Group and the BISG’s Rights and Permissions Digitalization Committee.

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Keith Fahlgren

Safari Books Online

Keith Fahlgren is the Director of Engineering at Safari Books Online. Previously, he worked at Threepress Consulting, O’Reilly Media, and was the co-developer of Ibis Reader.

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George Kerscher

Daisy Consortium

George Kerscher Ph.D. – “In the Information Age, access to information is a fundamental human right.”

George Kerscher began his IT innovations in 1987 and coined the term “print disabled.” George is dedicated to developing technologies that make information not only accessible, but also fully functional in the hands of persons who are blind or who have a print disability. He believes properly designed information systems can make all information accessible to all people and is working to push evolving technologies in this direction.

As Secretary General of the DAISY Consortium and President of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), Kerscher is a recognized international leader in document access. In addition, Kerscher is the Senior Officer of Accessible Technology at Learning Ally in the USA. He chairs the DAISY/NISO Standards committee, the EPUB Maintenance working group and the W3C’s Steering Council for the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). George also serves on the USA National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) Board.

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Bill Kasdorf

Apex Content Solutions

Bill Kasdorf is General Editor of The Columbia Guide to Digital Publishing and Vice President of Apex Content Solutions, a leading supplier of consulting, data conversion, editorial, production, and content enhancement services to publishers and other organizations worldwide. Past President of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), Bill has led seminars and spoken widely for publishing industry organizations such as SSP, O’Reilly TOC, NISO, BISG, IDPF, AAP, AAUP, ALPSP, STM, Seybold Seminars, and the Library of Congress. He currently serves on the IDPF Working Group updating the EPUB standard (and is coordinator of its Metadata Subgroup); the IDEAlliance working group developing the nextPub source format for magazines and other design- and feature-rich publications (chairing its nextPub-to-EPUB Mapping Committee); the NISO eBook SIG; and is Chair of the BISG Content Structure Committee.

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Howard Cornett
02/15/2011 9:26am EST

Would have liked more depth and detail, but there wasn’t time. Can’t wait to read the spec! Thanks!

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