Readium Foundation Launch Member Quotes

ACCESS provided a significant share of the technology needed to create Readium, including technology from our NetFront™ BookReader EPUB Edition, which supports EPUB 3. Our EPUB 3 viewer is capable of faithfully reproducing a wide range of complex content specific to Japanese text, such as vertical text and Kanji characters. Building on our extensive experience with multiplatform e-book solutions, we will continue making every possible contribution to the widespread adoption of Readium Web and Readium SDK.”
- Kunihiro Ishiguro, Senior Executive Officer and CTO, ACCESS

"As the developer of a top eBook application, Aldiko's core mission is to provide readers with the most delightful and seamless reading experience possible. We have always been a big supporter of open standards, as they are a driver for innovation. We are therefore very excited to join the Readium Foundation and contribute to its cross-industry effort to accelerate the adoption of EPUB 3 and improve interoperability across platforms and vendors."
- Tiffany Wong, Co-founder & Director, Aldiko

Baker and Taylor
“Baker & Taylor and I are very excited to be a contributing member of the ground-breaking initiative of to provide an open source solution to accelerate the adoption of EPUB 3 and HTML5.  As our industry continues its march into the Digital Age, commercial-grade components that remove obstacles and increase the speed to market for publishers, suppliers, retailers and libraries will be invaluable to all.”
- Matt Carroll, Executive Vice President and CIO, Baker & Taylor

“Benetech has always been a supporter of open source and eBook accessibility. We’re making every effort to help the publishing industry and other content creators move toward creating and delivering ‘born accessible’ content.  Benetech has contributed accessibility features to Readium and has deployed Readium Web under the Bookshare Web Reader name to over 250,000 Bookshare members with print disabilities.  We look forward to being a member of the Readium Foundation and continued collaboration with IDPF."
- Gerardo Capiel, VP Engineering, Benetech

Bluefire Productions
“EPUB 3 has the potential to dramatically enhance the market for engaging digital publications of all kinds, but fully realizing this opportunity requires a common reading system SDK that delivers predictable and consistent content rendering across platforms and vendors. That's why Bluefire Productions has committed code, expertise, and financial backing to the Readium initiative. We see this cross-industry collaboration as a watershed development in the evolution of the digital publishing industry that is right in line with our mission to create new market opportunities for publishers, retailers, libraries and other distributors of high value content. We believe that a robust, diverse and competitive market benefits everyone, but most importantly, readers.”
- Micah Bowers, Founder & CEO, Bluefire Productions

“As the main distributor of both metadata and e-books in the Norwegian market we see it as vitally important to support the Readium initiative with our resources. We welcome the possibility to contribute to this joint effort to accelerate EPUB 3 adoption.”
- Magnus Rudolfsen, Manager E-book Services, Bokbasen (Den Norske Bokbasen AS

"We are proud to be part of the establishment of the Readium Foundation and to be participating in the development of the Readium SDK. With this technology, publishers will be able to deliver rich media capabilities that readers want with the confidence that those readers will get a consistent and rich experience. Developers will be able to leverage this robust framework, with full support for EPUB 3 capabilities, and focus on differentiating their apps to enhance their readers' experience; and readers will experience the full capabilities of EPUB 3 regardless of what platform they're using. We are committed to incorporating the Readium SDK into the eBook technologies we provide to developers, enabling them to deliver full EPUB 3 capabilities with commercial, rights-managed content."
- Matt Kuznicki, VP Engineering, Datalogics

DAISY Consortium
"The DAISY Consortium works with publishing and technology partners to deliver the best way to read and publish. Our goal is to enable publishing and technology industries to meet national disability legislation and obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Our contributions to the EPUB 3 ecosystem, including participation in the new Readium Foundation, are aimed at making accessibility a core aspect of mainstream digital publishing. Thanks to EPUB 3's added semantic and navigational richness, it is now possible to create publications that are both dynamic and accessible.”
- Stephen King, President, DAISY Consortium

De Marque
“Sharing code, information, expertise and know-how in the world of ebook publishing is certainly not only useful but also very exciting! This is why we are extremely proud to join the Readium Foundation as a Charter member. With our ebook distribution platforms servicing many of the most important publishers from Canada, France and Italy, we are the technology head of a network of over 700 international partners. Each of them will benefit from the Foundation’s innovation to accelerate accessibility of ePub3 and HTML5. Moreover, we will make good friends and have great intellectual challenges. What else can we ask?”
- Marc Boutet, CEO De Marque

DILICOM  is a French inter-professional services provider that since 1989 has been a facilitator in the book trade.  We are now involved in the e-book industry with publishers and retailers and we are strongly determined to contribute to the development of new standards to help the market grow. Our values are in accordance with those of the Readium Foundation which is why we are happy to confirm our support of this exciting and innovative project.
- Vincent Marty, General Manager, DILICOM (formaly
“As Germany’s E-Book pioneer we successfully contributed in the introduction of the currently well-established EPUB 2 standard to Europe’s biggest publishing market. Now EPUB 3 opens up new possibilities in the publication of content, such as the inclusion of new web-based technologies and resources. To establish a common EPUB 3 standard, and to make corresponding software modules accessible to the broadest range of partners possible, lies within the interest of all authors, publishers and vendors. That is why we support the Readium Initiative.”
- Per Dalheimer, CEO,

Eden Livres, plateforme de distribution numérique créée par Gallimard, La Martinière, Flammarion, est heureuse de participer à la création de la Fondation Readium. C’’est une première étape décisive pour le développement durable d’’un secteur du livre numérique créatif et ouvert qui nous semble conforme aux attentes légitimes des créateurs, des lecteurs et des prescripteurs. Elle permettra une diffusion plus large du format interopérable epub3, notamment grâce à la mise en place d’’outils propres qui, nous l'espérons, faciliteront son adoption par l'ensemble des acteurs de la chaîne du livre. Ainsi, les expériences d’’édition, d’’achat et de lecture de livres numériques en seront améliorées et diversifiées, au bénéfice de tous."
- Patrick Gambache, président d’’Eden Livres

"We have supported EPUB 3 format, in order to provide the best digital reading experience to readers for the widest choice of types of ebooks. We are proud to contribute now to build the open ecosystem around EPUB3, and that's why EDITIS is part of Readium Foundation. Because we're attached to the right of readers to choose the places where they buy ebooks and the devices on which they read them."
- Editis 

"Readium Foundation is a historical opportunity for the publishing industry to step in and take the driver's seat. With Readium SDK, companies that previously collaborated strictly on open standards will become implementors too and have a better influence on the adoption of EPUB 3. With over 100 millions EPUB files distributed, Feedbooks has supported the standard format from the start by being the first service to widely create and distribute EPUB files back in 2007. We're glad to be part of this new adventure and bring the IDPF activities to the next level together."
- Hadrien Gardeur, Co-founder, Feedbooks

Firebrand Technologies
"Firebrand believes strongly that reading is critical in our society, and is committed to the long term success of publishing. We recognize that publishers are competing less amongst themselves and more with other activities that garner consumers limited free time and attention.  A project like Readium is a perfect way for progressive organizations in our industry to work together to help build a future where reading remains as relevant tomorrow as it has been in the past.  Firebrand is proud to support the Readium organization and looks forward to contributing to reading of the future."
- Doug Lessing, President, Firebrand Technologies

Hachette Livre
“Hachette Livre has always been a fervent supporter of EPUB 3 because an open format is a driver for digital publishing. Hachette Livre’s teams are excited about participating in the EPUB 3 SDK project and in the design of the “missing link” that will enable EPUB 3 adoption with open source software. With this move, Hachette Livre intends to contribute to a common standard that will enhance the digital reading experience.”
-Pierre Danet, Senior Digital Technology Officer, Hachette Livre

International Digital Publishing Association (IDPF)
“The industry collaboration within is a watershed moment for digital publishing. The new Readium Foundation will complement the work of IDPF and its 300+ members and help significantly in expanding the overall EPUB 3 ecosystem.”
- George Kerscher, President, IDPF

It is a great honor for Izneo to take an active part within the organization of the Readium Foundation as a charter member. Izneo is the largest digital distribution platform created and operated by major French Comics books publishers. As such, we are willing to bring to the Readium group our expertise into digital publication of comics and illustrated books. We believe that the Readium initiative is a unique and great opportunity for the publishing industry to bring to the market new reading experiences through open, solid and innovative technologies.
Amélie Rétorré, Operations Manager, Izneo

“Kobo is a strong supporter of open standards including EPUB 3 – enabling users everywhere to access the best content and experience possible. Through the Readium project, we are taking that belief one step further by supporting the development of a comprehensive industry-leading open source EPUB 3 SDK.”
- Dan Leibu, CTO, Kobo

LIA – Libri Italiani Accessibili (a service by AIE - Italian Publishers Association)
"The goal of LIA is to increase the availability of digital books for blind and visually impaired readers, taking advantage of the opportunities offered by the new EPUB features. The Readium initiative strive to integrate with platform accessibility features to allow access for all users, including those with disabilities and we believe its implementation will certainly open new opportunities in this area. Furthermore the Readium initiative is based on open standards and foster full interoperability that we believe are fundamental components for the proper development of the digital market."
- Marco Polillo, President, AIE

“As a developer of e-reading applications for e-paper devices manufacturers and publisher of a famous e-reading application, Mantano has contributed to the rise of e-reading by providing powerful, robust and smooth applications that facilitate its adoption. Based on its insights on the history of e-book formats, Mantano is very excited to join together in the development of a cross-platform SDK for the EPUB 3 format, that will reduce compatibility issues encountered by users. EPUB 3 is a modern and flexible format that deserves a solid reference implementation to address its huge potential targets.”
- Jean-Marie Geffroy, Founder & President, Mantano

“Free market and interoperability require worldwide standards. We need a standard for producing content. We need a standard for distribution and protection. That is why Numilog is very excited to be a founding member of Readium Foundation, and to contribute to the establishment of the EPUB 3 standard. As one of the pioneers of eBooks in the world, and a major French e-distributor, Numilog is happy to share its market and user experience. Our mission is to offer the largest interoperability to customers and to provide open solutions to booksellers. Open standards like EPUB 3 are critical to that mission.”"
- Denis Zwirn, President,

“Sony has been a consistent supporter of EPUB and an active contributor to EPUB 3 standard. As a pioneer of the eBook industry, we are very pleased to join the Readium Foundation and to contribute our expertise to assist expanding EPUB 3 ecosystem.”
- Fujio Noguchi, Senior General Manager, Digital Reading Business Division, Sony Corporation