March 15, 2012. Hachette Livre (including Hachette Book Group and Hachette UK) today announced that it is joining the Readium Project, a new initiative by the International Digital Publishing Forum. The Readium Project aims to ensure that open source software for handling EPUB 3 publications is readily available, to accelerate adoption of EPUB 3 as the universal, accessible, global digital publishing format. This will be achieved by building on WebKit, the widely adopted open source HTML5 rendering engine.
"Hachette Livre's technology teams are excited about participating in the design of the 'missing link' that will enable EPUB3 adoption with open source software", said Pierre Danet, Senior digital technology officer.
With this move, Hachette Livre intends to contribute to a common standard that will enhance the digital reading experience.
About Readium Project
Project Readium is focusing on developing a complete reference implementation of EPUB 3 utilizing the WebKit engine. WebKit is an open source rendering engine for HTML5 and related Web Standards. WebKit is utilized as the underlying engine in many web browsers and applications. http://readium.org/
About EPUB format
The EPUB format, an XML and Web Standards based format developed by the IDPF, has become a key global standard in the rapidly developing
digital publishing industry. EPUB 3, a major revision of the standard, was approved in October 2011 and is available at http://idpf.org/epub/30. The new version aligns EPUB with HTML5 and adds support for video, audio, interactivity, vertical writing and other global language capabilities, improved accessibility, MathML, and styling and layout enhancements. EPUB is a registrered trademark of the IDPF. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners.
The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) is the global trade and standards organization dedicated to the development and promotion of electronic publishing and content consumption. The work of the IDPF promotes the development of electronic publishing applications and products that will benefit
creators of content, makers of reading systems, and consumers. The IDPF welcomes book, newspaper, journal and magazine publishers, booksellers, software and reading system developers, authors, and other groups interested in digital reading to join our organization. Among its goals : promoting industry-wide adoption of electronic publishing through standards development, conferences, best practices,
and demonstrations of proven technology. Developing, publishing, and maintaining common standards (e.g. EPUB) relating to electronic publications and promote the successful adoption of these specifications.http://idpf.org/
About Hachette Livre :
Hachette Livre, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lagardère SCA, is the world's second largest trade book publisher with sales of € 2,038 million in 2011. It publishes over 15,000 new titles a year under more than one hundred different imprints in a dozen languages, but mainly in French, English and Spanish. It covers all segments of trade publishing : General fiction and non-fiction, mass market pocket books, books for young readers, illustrated books, travel guides, school books, as well as partworks. Its headquarters are in Paris, France.