June 16, 2104: Readium Foundation today announced major modifications to its membership terms and open source software licensing programs. Effective immediately, full membership in the Readium Foundation will be available to any organization or individual based on a sliding scale of dues starting at just $500 per year (for non-profits, individuals, and startups).
The members of Readium Foundation (Readium.org), an independent open source consortium developing software to advance adoption of EPUB and the Open Web Platform for publishing, have elected a representative Board of Directors. The initial directors and their affiliations are: Micah Bowers - Bluefire, Pierre Danet - Hachette, Jim Dovey - independent, James English - New York Public Library (NYPL), Bente Franck-Saetervoll - Bokbasen, Hadrien Gardeur - Feedbooks, and Bill McCoy - International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF).
Readium for Chrome has been upgraded with a more modern user experience, and retargeted to be based on the latest ReadiumJS codebase (shared with its cross-browser sibling readium-js-viewer and close cousin Readium SDK). The Readium Chrome browser extension is now available for free download from the Chrome Web Store, and existing users will automatically receive the upgrade.
Readium.org and NYPL Labs are co-organizing an "Open Book" hack weekend at NYPL (42nd St. main building) January 11-13 2014. Sponsors include O'Reilly Media, Hypothes.is, and Perseus Books Group. For more information or to register visit: http://bit.ly/1b8lGA9 .
ACCESS CO. LTD. today announced the first e-reading application based on the Readium SDK project. PUBLUS™ Reader* v2.0, an iOS-supported EPUB® 3 viewer incorporating the Readium SDK from the Readium Foundation. Per the announcement from ACCESS ( http://bit.ly/1iuLS8c ), later this year PUBLUS Reader v2.0 will be distributed by BOOKWALKER, an eBook store group company of Kadokawa Shoten, one of Japans's largest publishers of books, magazines, and manga (2012 revenues of 86.1 billion JPY).
Readium Foundation today announced that ten new members are joining the open source consortium developing EPUB related software. New members include Google, IBM, Ingram Content Group / Vital Source Technologies, New York Public Library, Courseload, KERIS (Korea Education and Research Information Service), Learning Ally, Ciber Netherlands, Nord Compo, and VersaPub. Forty member organizations from around the world are now collaborating under the auspices of Readium.org. Readium.org projects include an SDK for native applications, a library for browser-based viewing, and related technologies for production and delivery of interoperable, accessible digital publications based on the Open Web Platform.
Readium.org will hold an open meeting on Tuesday, October 8 from 15:30-16:30. The informal agenda will feature a summary of open source projects underway (Readium SDK, Readium.js, Readium LCP and a proposed EPUB preflight and accessibility checker tool), with most of the time dedicated to Q&A and open discussion. The meeting will be at the Frankfurt Marriott, just outside the trade show grounds, in the Gold 3 room. Foundation members and other interested parties are welcome to attend. Space was generously provided by Frankfurt Academy and CONTEC Frankfurt. The all-day CONTEC digital conference will be taking place simultaneously at the Marriott; while a CONTEC badge is not required to participate in the Readium meeting, attendees are strongly encouraged to register for CONTEC (http://www.buchmesse.de/en/academy/programme/00339/). Directly preceding the Readium meeting in the same room an IDPF member meeting will take place in the same room, and IDPF members attending can take advantage of a 20% discount for CONTEC (use promotion code CONTEC13Partner20IDPF).
Readium.org today announced that Adobe Systems Incorporated is joining as a member of the Readium Foundation, with the intention to make a significant contribution to the development of the Readium SDK project, a full-featured EPUB 3 rendering engine optimized for native apps on tablets and other mobile devices.