The Future of Digital Publishing – The Synergy between HTML5 and EPUB 3

By Michael Kozlowski  Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader http://goodereader.com. He has been writing about electronic readers and technology for the last four years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the Huffington Post, CNET and more. Michael frequently travels to international [...]

IDPF 2013 Focus: EPUB 3 Adoption

Digital publishing has come a long way in the last two years, wtih eBooks now outselling hardcovers. EPUB has been a key standard at the heart of the eBook revolution. EPUB 3, which converges digital publishing with HTML5 and modern Web Standards, and delivers robust accessibility and global language support, is a monumental update to [...]

EPUB 3 Best Practices Book Now Available

O’Reilly Media has released EPUB 3 Best Practices, the comprehensive guide to using all the new features of EPUB 3, with chapters covering accessibility, multimedia, global language support, font embedding and licensing, packaging and metadata, and more. A reviewer writes “EPUB 3 Best Practices gets right down to business to what you need to do [...]

Join one or many and Popular Accessibility-Related Linkedin Groups Today!

We cordially invite you to join one or many and Popular Accessibility-Related Linkedin Groups Today! Why wait! It’s free to join… and very beneficial professionally. We have over 13,000 members from all corners of the world interested in networking on a wide range of accessibility-related technology, rehabilitation, speech, language, hearing, vision, STEM content, legislation and [...]

National Federation of the Blind Condemns Amazon’s Push to Put Kindle E-books in Schools

Amazon recently launched an aggressive initiative to get inaccessible Kindle e-books into K-12 classrooms across the country.  Given that the Kindle is not accessible to students with disabilities… they are going to be disenfranchised. This is not OK with us. “Any claim by Amazon that is not technically possible, economically feasible, or reasonable to expect [...]

Businessweek: With EPUB 3, E-Books Finally Get Traction in Japan

A recent article in Bloomberg Businessweek credits EPUB as an enabler for e-Books (beyond manga) to finally start getting traction in Japan:  ”… Japan’s e-reader dark ages may be ending. EPUB 3.0, the latest open-standard software for digital readers developed by the International Digital Publishing Forum, an electronic publishing trade group, can display Japanese text [...]

Fourteen Candidates Running for IDPF Board of Directors

Fourteen candidates submitted nominations for election to seven seats on the IDPF Board of Directors, including the elected President position. These candidates are affiliated with IDPF member organizations from Asia, Europe, and North America, including publishers, reading system vendors and service providers.  The election is underway from today (November 5) through November 21, 2012. Each [...]

Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) Newsletter for November, 2012… Now Available!

Funded since 2001, the Wireless RERC is a recognized leader on issues and solutions related to the accessibility and usability of mobile wireless products and services by people with disabilities. Here are a few highlights of what is presented in this month’s “Re:Wireless” Newsletter: Third update to the Survey of User Needs (SUN) 2012 Survey [...]

DAISY and NFB Ask U.S. State Dept. for EPUB Support

DAISY Consortium and the National Federation for the Blind (NFB) recently submitted a response to a Request for Information (RFI) from the U.S. State Department regarding its planned e-reader initiative, expressing concern about accessibility and requesting support for the EPUB open standard format. The DAISY/NFB full response is available at: https://www.nfb.org/images/nfb/documents/word/nfb_daisy_rfi_comments%20_9-7-12.docx .