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This year, EDRLab (European Digital Reading Lab) based in France and IPDA / FGRS / FANDE based in Spain are co-organizin...
26/05/2020

This year, EDRLab (European Digital Reading Lab) based in France and IPDA / FGRS / FANDE based in Spain are co-organizing an online and free version of the Digital Publishing Summit + Readmagine, starting on Monday June 1st (with a prelude by Fondazione LIA on May 28th).

The DPS is usually an itinerant European event - one year / one city, Readmagine is stable in Madrid. Combining the two programs and the associated communication optimizes the promotion of innovations in the digital publishing domain.

The program is quite rich this year again, with a mix of strategic and technical sessions. As the event is online, attendees can pick and choose.

You can check the agenda on https://www.edrlab.org/events/digital-publishing-summit-2020/program/ and register on the same website.

This is for us a live test of something discussed last year in Frankfurt (before the pandemic) between the organizers of the Spanish Readmagine, the German Publishers Forum, the Italian Publishing Fair and the "French" Digital Publishing Summit: combining different European initiatives sharing the same goals, with webinar sessions during the year, the creation of working groups and face to face meetings once a year.

We acknowledge the webinar fatigue which is now appearing, and are testing ways to counterbalance it with a limitation to two sessions per day, during two weeks, and an event app (mobile + web) which stimulates networking between attendees, attendees and speakers, concentrates online discussion feeds, gives access to documents related to the presentations, access to the live presentations, live polls etc.

If the situation evolves correctly, there will be a DPS + Readmagine Boutique edition in the fall in Madrid, with workshops and breakout sessions = things you cannot do so efficiently online.

11/02/2020

Are you happy with EPUB? Is there something you miss in EPUB 3.2? Is there something you think is badly specified or used in EPUB? Have you ever wanted to give feedback about digital publishing standards?

[email protected] has a survey about EPUB and what we should do next, fill it out here:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TTPB3GB

22/01/2020
Readium and Media Equality

This short video gives an overview of the support of EPUB, Audiobooks and Visual Narratives in the new versions of the Readium reading engine.

We have updated the "Software" page of the EDRLab website. You'll now find here new information about the status of the ...
10/01/2020

We have updated the "Software" page of the EDRLab website. You'll now find here new information about the status of the different Readium projects and a full page about Thorium Reader. Discover https://www.edrlab.org/software/

Thorium Reader v1.1 has been released. This new version of our free Windows/MacOS/Linux reading application is fully LCP...
10/01/2020
Recevoir Thorium Reader - Microsoft Store fr-FR

Thorium Reader v1.1 has been released. This new version of our free Windows/MacOS/Linux reading application is fully LCP compliant; a great tool for accessing ebooks from booksellers and public libraries (if they already provide LCP compliant ebooks).

For people with reading disabilities, Thorium supports screen readers like Jaws and NVDA on Windows, Voice Over on Mac. Accessibility improvements are still necessary, they will be applied on the next version.


You can download the Windows 10 version of Thorium Reader on the Windows Store at https://bit.ly/thoriumreader-ms. The MacOS and Linux versions can also be downloaded from https://github.com/readium/readium-desktop/releases.

Téléchargez cette application sur le Microsoft Store pour Windows 10. Découvrez des captures d’écran, lisez les derniers avis des clients et comparez les évaluations pour Thorium Reader.

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10/01/2020

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Now that the year 2020 has started, we can announce the location and dates of the next Digital Publishing Summit (DPS 20...
10/01/2020

Now that the year 2020 has started, we can announce the location and dates of the next Digital Publishing Summit (DPS 20):

It will be in Madrid on June 4 (afternoon) and 5.

The DPS 20 will take place during the Readmagine 20 week and will be hosted at Casa del Lector, a great location in the south of Madrid. It will be preceded on the morning of June 4th by the International Digital Distributors Meeting organized by the IPDA.

This is a first call for speakers: don’t hesitate to propose a lecture or showcase (all presentations will be in English) or a workshop (we can have up to 4 workshops in parallel) about a brilliant innovation in digital publishing. Women presenters wanted.

You can get a feel for the conference by looking at the videos of DPS 2019 on our Youtube channel.

Booking for the event will open by the end of January.

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29/05/2019

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📚🏙️ This is the fourth iteration! The #dpubsummit Europe 2019 will be held this year in Paris June 25th and 26th, in the...
29/05/2019

📚🏙️ This is the fourth iteration! The #dpubsummit Europe 2019 will be held this year in Paris June 25th and 26th, in the main building of BnF - Bibliothèque nationale de France (Quai François Mauriac, Paris, 13th district). 📍
More informations here 👉 http://bit.ly/2MehIBr

15/05/2019

Here is an introduction to the program of the Digital Publishing Summit 2019: the exact timing of the presentations will soon be achieved.

Over the last ten years, as publishers worked through the growing pains of rapidly changing technology, books themselves didn’t change that much. A good story is still why we publish. But technology created new channels of distribution and propelled publishing to evolve storytelling across all media channels. Lisa Faith Phillips, CDO, China-US Women’s Foundation, will introduce to the audience the era of transmedia storytelling.

Digital market trends in Europe are particularly interesting this year, with audiobooks now becoming a serious competitor. Is our market becoming “format agnostic”, consuming text or audio with equal pleasure? Rüdiger Wischenbart is the person you would like to discuss the subject with and that’s great, as he will come to the Summit to present his new “European e-book barometer 2019”. As an appetizer, you can have access to the previous version of the barometer here.

The Japanese digital market is very different from the European one. Manga is a leading product there, with huge volumes and a rapid move from print to digital and the recent irruption of Webtoons from Korea. To foster innovation in the digital field, the Japanese publishing industry has partnered with the Keio University to create the Advanced Publishing Laboratory (APL), on the model of EDRLab. Shin Niina is COO of Media Do Holdings, the biggest e-distributor in Japan and a founder of the APL, Shiohama Daihei is CEO of the international branch of Media Do. They will describe in detail Japanese business models and digital evolutions in this fascinating market.

Market strategy in Europe is often influenced by political initiatives: Cristina Mussinelli, from AIE in Italy, will therefore present the upcoming impact of new EU regulations, especially the Accessibility Directive, on the publishing industry. Political initiatives must be backed up by tools: coming directly from India for the Summit, Avneesh Singh, DAISY CTO, will detail the current status of accessibility standards in publishing. Great achievements come through collaboration: Claire Leymonerie, from the French Ministère de la Culture, will present a national strategic plan for the development of an offer of digital books accessible to people with disabilities; an initiative where associations representing print disabled people, the publishing industry, public libraries, open-source developers and professional schools join their efforts, with the State offering coordination and support. Valérie Ferriere, president of Flexedo, will complete the panel and describe her experience in creating accessible EPUB 3 files.

The DPSE event is a major rendez-vous for those fond of innovation in the open-source domain. This year will be rich in this aspect, with presentations and demos of the latest achievements of the Readium community in different branches: web, mobile and desktop. The initiators of the new Readium Web project, Ketil Stadskleiv, CTO of Bokbasen and Andrew Rhomberg, founder of Jellybooks, will present how this emerging open-source Web app is used in Norway in an e-lending project and in different parts of Europe for supporting reader analytics for book publishers. Aferdita Muriqi and Daniel Weck, lead developers for EDRLab, will demonstrate the latest Readium iOS & Android test applications and the new EDRLab Thorium application based on the Readium Desktop toolkit. Finally, the Paged.js open-source software, great for preparing EPUB content for printing, will be presented by Julie Blanc, from the Paragraph Lab in Paris.

The benefits of an accessible mobile application for blind people will be demonstrated by Fernando Pinto da Silva, new president of DAISY France and Mattias Karlsson, product manager at Dolphin. The next phase for open-source reading apps will be to add helpers for dyslexic people; but which helpers? Luc Maumet will present the results of the study he pursued in Europe for EDRLab, to be included asap in the Thorium desktop application.

Readium LCP is now a reality worldwide: we will have an overview of the current deployment of the technology, a first-hand testimony of its current deployment in Canada by Jean-Philippe Bougie from DeMarque and Jean-François Cusson from Bibliopresto.ca, but also a presentation of the ease of setup of an LCP compliant solution in any country by Gavin Perry from Webqem.

EPUB and Web Publication are also on the spot this year. Ken Jones, director of Circular Software, will show how to push the boundaries of Fixed Layout EPUB, embedding Virtual Reality in a publication. Luc Audrain, Head of digitization at Hachette Livre, will convince the audience that the era of EPUB 3.2 production has arrived and that EPUB 2 can be safely buried. And Romain Deltour, from the DAISY Consortium, will demonstrate the brand new ACE GUI which makes validating EPUB accessibility a breeze. The work of W3C members on Web Publications is continuing and the current hot subject is the creation of an audiobook profile. Wendy Reid, from Kobo, will present the state of this study, which could change radically the way audiobooks are structured.

Having a standard format for audiobooks is great, but what will change the life of many people is an easy way to listen to these stories using a smart speaker. EDRLab is working on a Google Home prototype developed for online audiobook libraries, and Pierre Leroux will show on stage how easy it is to chat with an audiobook service, but also the issues we are facing with such an emerging technology.

Digital visual narratives (digital comics, manga or bande dessinée depending the culture) are also a source of innovation at EDRLab. Webtoon, a digital-only product, is a huge success in Korea and now emerging in other countries (France especially); but Webtoons are a specific type of product, based on Web episodes and vertical scroll. We feel that there is an opportunity to create a more versatile digital product, easy to produce, reliable on multiple devices, easily distributed because based on an open format (“à la EPUB”) and providing fascinating features. Florian Dupas, founder of Kwalia, and Yohann LeScoul , author at Pika, will present the ongoing work on use cases, features and structuration; and the ease of creation of this new type of digital comics for authors.

Visual narratives are based on images; a very interesting initiative in the library world named IIIF (international Image Interoperability Framework) has for explicit goal to enable richer access to the World’s Images; standardization efforts in the publishing industry may take advantage at knowing more about this initiative. Emmanuelle Bermes, from our host the BnF, will present the benefits of IIIF for an enhanced interoperability between digital libraries.

There are plenty of buzzwords when speaking about innovation. Machine learning and blockchain are particularly vivid today, but we still find impressive projects that demonstrate an effective use of these technologies. Vincent Wartelle, CEO of ISI, will present the first results of an AI based software able to automatically extract well-structured content from badly-structured fixed-layout EPUBs. Gregorio Pellegrino will show how the association LIA is evaluating AI technologies capable to improve the accessibility of EPUB files via automatic image description.

There is a very interesting project in our industry using a blockchain, its name is the Content Blockchain Project. This project has just received a “Digital Publishing Award” in Germany, and its promoter Sebastian Posth will present its building blocks, the ISCC content identification system and the associated blockchain managed smart licenses.

The event will be concluded by Virginie Clayssen, President of EDRLab.

Participants and speakers will have lively exchanges during breaks, the two lunches and a cocktail organized near the BnF at the end of the day, on June 25th.

EDRLab était en février 2019 au Festival international de la BD, à Angoulême. Ce post résume nos rencontres et nos proje...
26/02/2019
EDRLab au Festival international de la BD, Angoulême [fr] – EDRLab

EDRLab était en février 2019 au Festival international de la BD, à Angoulême. Ce post résume nos rencontres et nos projets côté BD numérique.

https://www.edrlab.org/2019/02/26/edrlab-au-festival-international-de-la-bd-angouleme-fr/

Laurent Le Meur, 26 February 201926 February 2019, News, 0 Webtoon, manga … Un nouveau marché de la bande dessinée émerge sur le Web et sur smartphones. À la suite de l’annonce par Dupuis du lancement de sa plateforme Webtoon Factory lors du Festival international de la BD (FIBD) à Angoulê...

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17/01/2019

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Interviewé pour l'émission "Après le livre" à propos d'EDRLab, du format EPUB, de Readium et tout et tout ... suivi par ...
10/11/2018

Interviewé pour l'émission "Après le livre" à propos d'EDRLab, du format EPUB, de Readium et tout et tout ... suivi par une interview de David Dupré, directeur général de TEA, membre d'EDRLab.

https://lnkd.in/e25jTwR

Merci à Willy Persello, qui anime régulièrement cette émission sur le livre numérique, sur Fréquence Protestante.

22-25 October 2018. Working on Web Publications and the future of EPUB.
30/10/2018

22-25 October 2018. Working on Web Publications and the future of EPUB.

22-25 October 2018. Working on Web Publications and the future of EPUB.

30/10/2018
Dyspraxiatheca

Merci à l'Apprimerie pour cette invitation à partager notre approche des aides techniques aux Dys* via le format ouvert EPUB 3 et les logiciels libres Readium.

Intervention de Laurent Le Meur vers -1:25:50.

Suivez en direct la conférence internationale de Dyspraxiatheca ! #dyspraxiatheca

The DPUB Summit will be at the Spreespeicher, Berlin
20/02/2018

The DPUB Summit will be at the Spreespeicher, Berlin

17/01/2018

Online booking is open for the next Digital Publishing Summit Europe in Berlin, May 16th and 17th.

Look at the Digital Publishing Summit Europe 2018 on our website for getting all details, and at the "sponsoring" page to discover our sponsoring packages.

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17/01/2018

EDRLab's cover photo

TPAC and Publishing Summit 2017
13/11/2017

TPAC and Publishing Summit 2017

Travel to Lyon yesterday to meet the TEA team (titim). On the menu, Readium LCP, Readium-2 and EPUB Summit 2018, plus ot...
27/10/2017

Travel to Lyon yesterday to meet the TEA team (titim). On the menu, Readium LCP, Readium-2 and EPUB Summit 2018, plus other interesting topics.

Studying how EDRLab and Readium could help dys* people: Luc Maumet (EDRLab) meets Editions Tom Pousse, ALSO project and ...
20/10/2017

Studying how EDRLab and Readium could help dys* people: Luc Maumet (EDRLab) meets Editions Tom Pousse, ALSO project and JM Roosz at Cap Digital.

Last week, we hosted a meeting with the Chinese Academy of Press and Publication (CAPP) in the EDRLab office. Very inter...
02/10/2017

Last week, we hosted a meeting with the Chinese Academy of Press and Publication (CAPP) in the EDRLab office. Very interesting exchanges on the promotion on e-reading and protection of digital publication against piracy in both countries. Thanks to Virginie Clayssen (President of EDRLab, Editis), Flore Grainger-Piacentino (SNE) and Luc Audrain (Hachette) for their presence.

This morning, we had an EDRLab tech meeting about BD Comics and Manga representation in future W3C publishing standards....
02/10/2017

This morning, we had an EDRLab tech meeting about BD Comics and Manga representation in future W3C publishing standards. More on this soon.

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