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)
Some cover 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