Who we are

EDRLab is the European headquarter of 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.

EDRLab is also very active in the development and promotion of EPUB, the content publication standard, which was maintained until 2017 by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) .

Since 30th January 2017, the IDPF combined with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). EDRLab has become a member of the W3C and actively participates to Publishing@W3C activities, especially the maintenance and development of EPUB.

Also, EDRLab dedicates expert resources to the promotion of native accessibility on the european e-book market.

Founder members of EDRLab are: Editis, Hachette, Madrigall, Media Participations, Syndicat National de l’édition, Cercle de la Librarie, Centre National du livre, Cap Digital, the French Ministry of Culture and the French Ministry of Economy and Finance.

The association is expanding fast and has reached 35 members by the end of year 2016 (see Our members). Among them, companies specialized in authoring tools, content processing, e-readers, digital distribution …

EDRLab is located inside Cap Digital offices. Cap Digital is the French business cluster for digital content and services.

What we do

Our main objective is to help provide a technical foundation for the European digital publishing ecosystem.

To achieve this goal, we are promoting the adoption of the EPUB 3 standard across Europe, and we dedicate resources to Readium open source software developments.

We are also actively working on the future Web Publications and EPUB 4 standards, in the context of Publishing@W3C.

Who funds EDRLab

EDRLab’s main income is from membership fees. Such fees support the mission of the Association to develop commercial-grade open source software that advances an open interoperable ecosystem for the creation and distribution of digital content in order to foster innovation, accessibility, and a global sharing of knowledge.

Founder members, large industrial or academic partners and institutions will provide a large part of the funding during the first years.

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