EPUB Summit


EPUB Summit, thanks to all participants

The first EPUB Summit, 7 & 8 April 2016, Bordeaux, was a success, and I want to thank all participants for their implication in this event.

It was not a piece of cake to organize in 3 months a 2 days meeting with 130 people, outside of Paris where EDRLab is installed. Bordeaux was chosen because Denis Mollat, president of the Cercle de la Librarie, founding member of EDRLab, offered to host the event in his elegant meeting room near the Mollat bookstore. This room is usually used for conference given by book authors, and fully equipped with a video production system that small TV stations would dream about. A great thank you to Mr. Mollat and its team for their engagement and kindness. We had two other sponsors for the event: the French Ministry of Culture and the French CFC and I want to thank them also for their help.

In the organization of the event, Cyril and I were helped by Terence Moscat and Laurence Gauthier from TM Consulting,  and got a great support from the EDRLab board (Virginie Clayssen, Pierre Danet, Alban Cerisier, and members of the SNE, CNL, Cap Digital): we wouldn’t have been able to get all this done without them.

The room was packed with people from different horizons; it was maybe the first time technical people engaged in standardisation, open-source developers, publishers, e-distributors, reading system vendors, members of associations for print-disabled, i.e. all people interested in EPUB and related tools, were gathering in a narrow space for two intensive days.

And when I speak about horizon, it’s also a geographical reality: we had participants from France, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Great Britain, Germany, Netherland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Finland, Greece, the USA, Japan and Korea… sorry if I forget some countries.

Even the coffee breaks, lunches and a great wine degustation were located in the ballroom, so that people can – or must – talk to each other. And this is maybe the reason why everybody was happy about the result: there were great talks, active discussions, and we hope new opportunities for EPUB as a global standard for document publishing.

Now, what are the next steps? First, we hope that EDRLab membership will grow quickly. The « E » of EDRLab means « European », and it must be reflected in its membership: this is from its membership that an association takes its strength; and we want EPUB to be strong in Europe. Then, the EDRLab, IDPF and Readium boards will think about a second edition, next year, somewhere in Europe maybe, where EPUB is in position to reach the publishing industry.

But before that, we have some homework: make the Readium LCP DRM ecosystem become real, help EPUB3.1 going to production, work on a great support for illustrated books in Readium, prototype a Readium desktop application available on Windows, Mac and Linux, properly document the Readium SDK. For all this, we need support from the EPUB community; now we know that this community is strong in Europe, and this makes us optimistic.

Thank you again, this was an excellent event.

Some cover in the french news:

  • Le premier grand rendez-vous mondial de l’Epub (livreshebdo.fr, 05/02/2016)
  • ebook : la bataille de l’ePub3 (livreshebdo.fr, 01/04/2016)
  • Le Livre 010101 dans l’Internet Archive pour célébrer l’EPUB Summit de Bordeaux (actuaLitte.com, 07/04/2016)
  • L’avenir du livre numérique exposé à Bordeaux (livreshebdo.fr, 07/04/2016)
  • L’industrie européenne du livre numérique veut offrir une alternative à Amazon (lefigaro.fr, 07/04/2016)
  • La nécessité de l’ePub vérifiée par l’exemple (livreshebdo.fr, 08/04/2016)
  • Bilan de l’#EpubSummit : “L’EPUB au-delà du monde du livre” (actuaLitte.com, 11/04/2016)
  • La DRM LCP : grands enjeux, risques élevés (actuaLitte.com, 11/04/2016)
  • Livre numérique: l’epub, format libre et ouvert, pour contrer Amazon et les géants du web? (Science et Avenir / AFP, 10/04/2016)

A Storify from Virginie Clayssen:

From Belgium:

In English:

  • The EPUB Summit – A Triumph in Bordeaux (EPUBZone, 15/04/2016)

Links to the main presentations:

  • Bill Rosenblatt, presentation of Readium LCP, here
  • Daniel Weck, Paving the way to inclusive publishing, here
  • Ivan Herman, Portable Web Publications, here
  • Laurent Le Meur, EDRLab roadmap, here
  • Laurent Le Meur, Readium LCP Workshop, here
  • TEA, presentation of CARE, LCP Workshop, here
  • Nathan, EPUB for Education, here

For info we used the #epubsummit hash tag.

The EPUB Summit program
Publishers, authors, bookstores, distribution channels: the publishing world is facing the digitalisation of content. This opens new opportunities to create and distribute ebooks and other digital publications, but it also generates changes into the value chain, that require professionals to collaborate to be at the edge of innovation.

During two days in April, the 2016 EPUB Summit is a unique chance to meet and share opinions, concerns, challenges and key achievements with European publishers, distribution platforms, digital stores, suppliers, and public institutions to get to know the potential of the EPUB format. The digital publishing actors will gather around deep analysis, demonstrations, workshops and collaborative works to share best practices and learn about the latest developments on the format.

EPUB is becoming the reference format for the digital publishing industry, which raises strategic questions to be covered during the first EPUB Summit:

What is the development roadmap of the EPUB standard and its companion Readium open-source software? The creators of EPUB and Readium will be there to describe their progresses and plans.

What is the future of EPUB? Advanced user experiences and W3C Portable Web Publications will be presented to the public.

Which use of EPUB in education? The latest developments of the EDUPUB initiative will be detailed by its main stakeholders.

How to create powerful EPUB publications? Cutting edge editorial tools will be demonstrated on stage.

What about digital distribution of EPUB documents? European publishers and distribution platforms will share their key learnings and future developments.

Throughout those various topics, the issues of content protection, accessibility and mobility will be covered by more than 20 experts, who will share and confront their views and progresses with the leaders of the European Publishing Industry. More about the speakers in the press release.