The European Digital Reading Lab (EDRLab), in partnership with the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) and the Readium Fundation announces the program of the first edition of the EPUB Summit, that will take place in Bordeaux (France), on April 7-8, 2016.

EPUB is becoming the reference format for the digital publishing industry, which raises strategic questions to be covered during the first EPUB Summit:

What is the development roadmap of the EPUB standard and its companion Readium open-source software? The creators of EPUB and Readium will be there to describe their progresses and plans.

What is the future of EPUB? Advanced user experiences and W3C Portable Web Publications will be presented to the public.

Which use of EPUB in education? The latest developments of the EDUPUB initiative will be detailed by its main stakeholders.

How to create powerful EPUB publications? Cutting edge editorial tools will be demonstrated on stage.

What about digital distribution of EPUB documents? European publishers and distribution platforms will share their key learnings and future developments.
Throughout those various topics, the issues of content protection, accessibility and mobility will be covered by more than 20 experts, who will share and confront their views and progresses with the leaders of the European Publishing Industry.

Key speakers

MGMarkus Gylling

Markus Gylling is the CTO of the IDPF and the DAISY Consortium. Through his work with DAISY he has during the past decade been engaged in the development of specifications, tools and educational efforts for the realization of inclusive e-publishing on a global scale. Markus is currently chair of the IDPF EPUB 3 Working Group, and co-chair of the W3C Digital Publishing Interest group. Markus lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.



IHIvan Herman

Ivan Herman is the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Digital Publishing Activity Lead. He graduated as mathematician at the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest, Hungary, and also spent a short time at the Université Paris VI. He worked at the Hungarian Research Institute in Computer Science (SZTAKI), a few years in industry in Munich, Germany, and he finally joined the Centre for Mathematics & Computer Sciences (CWI) in Amsterdam in 1988, where he has a tenure position. He received a PhD degree in Computer Science in 1990 at the University of Leiden, in the Netherlands. He joined the permanent Team of the W3C in January 2001, where he played different roles over the years; he is currently Digital Publishing Activity Lead. Before joining W3C he worked in quite different areas (distributed and dataflow programming, language design, system programming, computer graphics). He also participated in various graphics and multimedia related ISO standardization activities and software developments before joining W3C.

RMRon Martinez

Ron Martinez is the founder of Invention Arts, LLC and its services the Native Retail Network ( and
Ron has been during 4 years The Global Vice President, Intellectual Property Innovation at Yahoo! Ron has previously been VP Business and Creative Development at Spectrum, CEO of Brodia Group and VP Product, Business Development at Navio Systems. Ron has written, designed, or coded interactive fiction, graphic adventures, realtime massively multiplayer games, pathway books.


BRBill Rosenblatt

Bill Rosenblatt is president of GiantSteps Media Technology Strategies, a consultancy that he founded in 2000.  He is a globally recognized authority on issues related to intellectual property in the online world.  He was previously CTO of Fathom, an e-learning startup backed by Columbia University, the London School of Economics, and other scholarly institutions.  He was also a technology executive at McGraw-Hill and Times Mirror, and he ran marketing strategy for the media and publishing industry at Sun Microsystems.  Bill was one of the designers of the Digital Object Identifier standard and currently serves on the BISG Identifiers and Rights working groups.


The European Digital Reading Lab (EDRLab)      

EDRLab has become the European headquarter of both the International Digital Publishing Forum and the Readium Foundation. EDRLab’s main objective is to help provide a technical foundation for the European digital publishing ecosystem. To achieve this goal, EDRlab promotes the adoption of the EPUB 3 standard across Europe, and dedicates resources to Readium open source software developments. Founder members of EDRLab are: Editis, Hachette, Madrigall, Media Participations, Syndicat national de l’édition, Cercle de la Librairie, Centre National du livre, Cap Digital, the French Ministry of Culture and the French Ministry of Economy and Finance.


The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF)

The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) is the global trade and standards organization dedicated to the development and promotion of electronic publishing and content consumption. IDPF develops and maintains the EPUB content publication standard.


The Readium Foundation                                                                                           

The Readium Foundation was formed in February 2013 as a non-profit membership organization. It develops software technology to accelerate adoption of EPUB and the Open Web Platform by the global digital publishing industry.


Bordeaux Digital Week

With over 70 events in twenty places, speakers from seven countries, the Digital Week is the great digital rendezvous in Bordeaux. The fifth edition will be held from April 6 to 9, 2016.


The EPUB summit will take place during the Bordeaux Digital Week at Librairie Mollat, in the city center.



Early bird until February 29th, 2016

Press and contact / Laurence Gauthier – +33 6 636 949 54


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