Candidate Statement - Cristina Mussinelli

Dear fellow Readium Foundation members,

I am kindly asking you to support my nomination for election in the Readium Foundation Board of Directors.

I am running as representative for the Italian Publishers Association [1], where I am in charge of technological innovation and digital publishing area and responsible for the LIA (Libri Italiani Accessibili) service, which facilitate Italian publishers in delivering accessible versions of e-books in EPUB format in the mainstream distribution channels. I am also member of the IDPF board.

If elected I will operate in order to support the achievement of the key priority of Readium Foundation of developing and promoting commercial-grade open source components to advance digital publishing for EPUB and the Open Web Platform.

In particular I believe it will be very important in the next years to promote the rapid deployment of the solutions developed by the Foundation in the EU market, directly and through networking with the other European publishers association and the Federation of European Publishers.

My presence in the Board as representative of one of the major EU trade associations could provide Readium Foundation a strong support in the European market to achieve its goals, thanks to consolidated relations with the most relevant European institutions and a long lasting knowledge of the European publishing market. European publishers are now investing - and plan to do so for the future – in digital production processes, products and services.

I will also be able to address the European Commission that recently settled the so called Digital Agenda for Europe, a strategy aimed at enhancing technologies and their role as engine for growth and employment. In the recent exercise “Licenses for Europe”, analyzing the factors that may trigger further development of the ebook market, the Commission stressed the importance of open and standard based solutions, essential for fair competition and for minimizing technological lock-in risks for consumers.

Thanks to the experience and knowledge achieved in the LIA project I wiil be able to provide expert support to foster the commitment of Readium Foundation in the field of accessibility of digital publishing content for visually impaired persons.

Thank you very much for your attention

Cristina Mussinelli                                                                                                         23 January 2014


[1]Associazione Italiana Editori (Italian Publishers Association) is the trade association for Italian and foreign publishers that operate in Italy or publish books, magazines and digital publishing products, both multimedia and on-line, in Italian.

It represents the most important book and digital publishers in the country and totals some 400 members, accounting for more than 90% of the domestic market.

AIE is one of the founders of FEP, the Federation of European Publishers, and is also part of the General Confederation of Italian Industries, it is member of IPA (International Publishers Association), EDITEUR, ISBN International Agency and ABPTOE (Association of Booksellers and Publishers Training Organizations in Europe).

Finally, AIE devotes particular attention to the development of publishing standards; AIE manages the Italian ISBN agency, promotes the adoption of ISBN-A and is one of the two shareholders of mEDRA, the multilingual European DOI Registration Agency. The AIE engagement in this field is also demonstrated by the fact that AIE representatives are currently chair of Editeur and of the Standard committee of the IPA, and member of the Ex-Com or the Board of ISBN-IA and IDF. AIE coordinates the Arrow system, the European platform for right information management in digitization projects. The system has been recently endorsed by the European Directive on orphan works as selected source of information in the diligent search,