News and Events

Readium Foundation Expands Board - Election Underway

February 11, 2015

Ten candidates are running for three seats on the Readium Foundation Board of Directors. The ten candidates standing for election represent a wide range of Readium Foundation member organizations, from IT industry giants such as IBM and Deutsche Telekom to leading publishing industry solution providers, and hail from seven different countries in North America, Europe and Asia. This strong engagement reflects the continued growth of as a global collaboration to promote the adoption of EPUB and the Open Web Platform for publishing via open source technology development.

Readium SDK Reaches Version 1.0

January 5, 2015 is pleased to announce that the “1.0” version of the Readium SDK has been released. With this release, the first version of the Readium SDK is essentially complete (hence the “1.0” label).

NYPL/Readium Open Book Hack Day - Jan 14

December 22, 2014
NYPL Labs and Readium Foundation are pleased to bring "Volume 2" of our Open Book Hack Day to the flagship Stephen A. Schwarzman building of the New York Public Library on Wednesday, January 14.  During this day-long event, we’ll push the limits of what’s possible with ebooks and open texts, liberate public domain documents onto the open web, play with tools to make it easier for authors to write and publish in creative ways, and improve the experience of finding amazing books in the public domain.

Readium Foundation Member Meeting - Jan 13

December 22, 2014
Members of Readium Foundation are invited to attend a meeting on January 13, 2015 10:00-1:00pm (U.S. ET) at the New York Public Library  5th Ave at 42nd St, NYC (room 201) and via Web conferencing.

Readium Foundation Liberalizes Membership, Open Source Licensing

June 16, 2014

June 16, 2014: 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).

Readium for Chrome Rated Most Conformant EPUB 3 Reading System

February 19, 2014

The latest version of Readium for Chrome, launched just two days ago, has garnered the highest scores out of over two dozen reading systems in results published today on

Readium Foundation Elects Board of Directors

February 18, 2014

The members of Readium Foundation (, 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 Gets Major Upgrade

February 17, 2014
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.

Open Book Hack Weekend at NYPL - Jan 11-13

December 2, 2013 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,, and Perseus Books Group. For more information or to register visit: .

ACCESS Launches First EPUB 3 Viewer Based on Readium SDK

October 29, 2013
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 ( ), 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).