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.

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).

New Members Join Readium Foundation

October 24, 2013
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 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 Foundation Open Meeting at Frankfurt

September 19, 2013 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 ( 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).

Adobe Joins Readium Foundation

September 9, 2013 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.

Announcing Readium.js, a JavaScript library for browser-based EPUB 3 reading

May 30, 2013
Today announced that the Readium Web project is being refactored to deliver a JavaScript library for browser-based EPUB 3 reading. Currently in early alpha, the new Readium,js is a lightweight, compact (20KB compressed) client-side library. When complete, Readium.js will enable easy deployment of any EPUB publication from any web server to all modern browsers (mobile and desktop). An initial demo of online reading of EPUB 3 utilizing Readium.js is live at Launches Open Source Foundation, EPUB 3 SDK Project

March 25, 2013
Paris Book Fair (Salon du livre) March 25, 2013 (PRESS RELEASE) – The 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,, 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.

Readium Chrome Web App Updated, Now Over 40,000 Users

March 24, 2013

The Readium Chrome Extension for reading EPUB 3 content has been updated to version 0.9 on the Chrome Web Store (direct link: ). This experimental configuration of the Readium Web project has attained over 40,000 users since its launch on the Chrome Web Store in September, 2012 and currently holds a 4-star rating there.