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.
- Markus Gylling, CTO of the IDPF and the DAISY Consortium
- Ivan Herman, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Digital Publishing Activity Lead
- Frank Huysmans, co-chair of the EU working group on ‘Promoting reading in the digital environment’
- Ron Martinez, founder of Invention Arts, LLC and its services the Aer.io Native Retail Network and Aerbook.com
- Bill Rosenblatt, president of GiantSteps Media Technology Strategies
The EPUB summit will take place during the Bordeaux Digital Week at Librairie Mollat, in the city center. With over 70 events in twenty places, speakers from seven countries, the Digital Week is the great digital rendezvous in Bordeaux. The fifth edition will be held from April 6 to 9, 2016.