ALA2009_Mike Smith (IDPF)

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  • 1. Working Towards a Standard eBook Format: EPUB
  • 2. Value of Standards  Healthy Ecosystem presents better opportunities for Prosperity and Long Term Growth  Standards are the KEY to a Healthy Ecosystem
  • 3. Who are the standards for?  Ifgoal is better opportunities for Prosperity and long term growth…these standards need to benefit the consumer and companies along the Digital Supply Chain
  • 4. 2006 eBook Consumer Survey: Main suggestions from group  Price of eBooks should be considerably lower than print  Selection of eBooks should be improved  Lack of interoperability needs to be addressed.
  • 5. IDPF Standards  IDPF standards intended to streamline digital content for publishers  Facilitate flow of content through sales and distribution channels  Open and non-proprietary Standards
  • 6. What is EPUB?  EPUBis the XML-based file format for downloadable digital books  EPUB actually composed of three standards OPS, OPF, OCF  True interoperability across platforms
  • 7. Where is DRM?  There is no DRM standard at this time and DRM application is proprietary  DRM is a fact of life today and EPUB is a means to help streamline digital content for publishers  eBook options include: DRM Free, Interoperable, Watermarking, Social DRM, Proprietary DRM,
  • 8. How does EPUB help the Publisher?  Publisherscan reduce costs of conversion. Create EPUB only and send through distribution channels  Format Management  More content available for consumer
  • 9. EPUB Workflow Realities Ahead  EPUB adoption and implementation is taking place…not without challenges  Distributors are receiving EPUB and converting to other formats as necessary
  • 10. EPUB: Into Supply Chain
  • 11. Association American Publishers : EPUB support  HarperCollins Publishers  Cambridge University Press  Harlequin  Oxford University Press  Simon & Schuster  Pelican Publishing Company  Hachette Book Group  Cengage Learning  John Wiley & Sons Inc.  Workman Publishing  Penguin Group USA  Seattle Book Company  Random House  National Science Teachers Assoc.  Macmillan  CQ Press
  • 12. European: EPUB support  Random House  Oxford University Press  HarperCollins  Cambridge University Press  Penguin  Gardners Books  Simon & Schuster  Taylor & Francis  Pan Macmillan  Value Chain International  Mills & Boon  WHSmith  Waterstones  and more to come…  O’Reilly Media
  • 13. Supply Chain: EPUB support  Adobe  Libri.de Internet GmbH  OverDrive  Ingram Digital  DNAML  Aptara  LibreDigital  TexTech  eBook Technologies  codeMantra  Publishing Dimensions  Mobipocket  VitalSource Technologies  Digital Media Initiatives  Innodata Isogen  Smashwords  and many more…
  • 14. EPUB Readers:  Adobe Digital Editions*  eBookwise  Sony Reader*  Kindle  Stanza Reader for  Mobipocket iPhone*  FBReader*  Bookworm Reader*  IPG Azardi*  BeBook*  Cybook*  iRex Reader*  Cool-er Reader*
  • 15. What’s Next for EPUB?  EPUB Standards Maintenance Group  IDPF Best Practices Guide  Next Evolution EPUB 3.0
  • 16. Most Downloaded Library eBooks (2008)* 1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer 2. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer 3. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer 4. Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas 5. Because You're Mine by Lisa Kleypas * Source OverDrive, Inc. (Jan 6, 2009)
  • 17. Michael Smith IDPF msmith@idpf.org www.idpf.org 905-235-4373
  • 18. April Wholesale Trade +228% $12,100,000 Calendar Year to Date + 155%
  • 19. Recent News in eBook Space  Feb 5 – Google Book Search for iPhone and Android  Feb 9 – Amazon Kindle 2 Launch  Feb 16 – Adobe Reader Mobile SDK 9  February 25 – Indigo Shortcovers launched  March 4 – Amazon Kindle for iPhone Launch
  • 20. Recent News in eBook Space  March 5 – B&N acquires Fictionwise  March 11 – Sony Reader launch in Germany  March 17 – Sony and Google partner to release 500,000 Public Domain EPUB Books  March 25 – Pragmatic Programmers EPUB
  • 21. Recent News in eBook Space  March 30 – EPUB Bootcamp  Apr 2 – News Corp confirms looking into investment in company specializing “eReader Technologies”  Blackberry App Store opening up  Apr 17 – Random House Announces will be first to put books into Blackberry App
  • 22. Recent News in eBook Space  Apr 17 – O’Reilly begins to sell DRM Free titles on Amazon Kindle  Apr 22 – Penguin signs English eBook distribution with China  Penguin +700% first quarter of 2009 vs. Q1 2008  April 27 – Amazon purchases Lexcyle (Stanza Reader for iPhone)
  • 23. Recent News in eBook Space  April 28 – B&N/Fictionwise add EPUB to Multiformat Titles  May 6 – Kindle DX Reader announced  May 12 - New Cybook update announced with EPUB support  May 14 - Cool-er Reader released with EPUB Support?
  • 24. Recent News in eBook Space  May 15 – New BeBook Reader released with EPUB Support  June 2 – Google Sets Plans to Sell eBooks  June 7 – EPUB Zen Garden launched  June 9 – California to scrap school textbooks in favor of eBooks  June 12 – S&S to sell eBooks on Scribd.com  June 15 – ePubBooks.com goes live