Paris Book Fair (Salon du livre) March 25, 2013 (PRESS RELEASE) – The Readium.org open source initiative today announced its evolution into a formal consortium of member companies fostering a community of open source projects for digital publishing. Also unveiled today was a new Readium SDK project to develop an EPUB® 3 rendering engine optimized for native apps on tablets and other devices. Initial members of the new Readium Foundation include ACCESS, Aldiko, Bluefire Productions, Baker & Taylor, Benetech, Bokbasen, DAISY Consortium, Datalogics, De Marque, DILICOM, eBook.de, Eden Livres (a joint venture of Gallimard, La Martinière and Flammarion), Editis, Evident Point, Feedbooks, Firebrand Technologies, Hachette Livre, IDPF, Izneo, Kobo, LIA (by Italian Publishers Association), Mantano, Numilog, Rakuten, Sony Corporation, TXTR, and Vibal Publishing House.
A initial release of Readium Custom Chromium binary for Mac OS X that adds Japanese typography support is available. This is the first custom Chromium binary release of the Readium Project made to improve the WebKit engine for EPUB rendering. More details: https://github.com/readium/Readium-Chromium.
The Google Chrome browser extension has been updated to version 0.21, which includes basic support for standard EPUB 3 fixed layout metadata, as per samples available here. The initial implementation has several limitations, including that the fixed layout decision is made on a per book basis rather than per spine item, so it only works if fixed layout is specified globally via the rendition:layout metadata property.
The Readium Chrome extension has been updated with a 0.19 release that includes MathML support via MathJAX, with help from MathJAX lead developer David Cervone. Read about it on the new Readium dev blog.