Who we are

EDRLab is an international, non-profit development laboratory, working on the deployment of an open, interoperable and accessible digital publishing ecosystem in Europe.

EDRLab develops technology to accelerate the adoption of EPUB and the Open Web Platform by the global digital publishing industry; it is the main contributor of open-source software for the Readium project and an active member World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), actively participating to Publishing@W3C activities, i.e. the creation of the Web Publications standard.

EDRLab also 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, the French State and Cap Digital.

The association is expanding fast and has reached 50 members in 2019 (see Our members). Among them, companies specialized in authoring tools, content processing, e-readers, digital distribution …

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

What we do

Our team and the community of our members work together to:

  • Maintain the open-source Readium SDK and Readium Cloud Reader;
  • Develop the new major version of the Readium development kit, namely the multi-platform Readium-2 open-source software (iOS, Android, Windows, OSX and Linux);
  • Develop the successor of the Readium Chrome Application, an end-user reading application called Readium Desktop (Windows, OSX and Linux);
  • Develop and manage the non-proprietary Readium LCP DRM;
  • Promote the adoption of the EPUB 3 standard across Europe, especially as a replacement of EPUB 2;
  • Promote the creation of natively accessible EPUB 3 publications, for use by print disabled people, as a  replacement of the specialized Daisy format.
  • Work actively on the future publishing standards studied by Publishing@W3C, namely Web Publications and EPUB 4.

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 and French ex-officio members provide a large part of the funding during the first years. Their logo is provided at the bottom of this page.

Board of Directors

Here is the composition of our current (June 2019) board of Directors:

  • Virginie Clayssen (Editis, founding member), elected 17 July 2015;
  • Alban Cerisier (Madrigall, founding member), elected 17 July 2015;
  • ​Arnaud Robert (Hachette Livre, founding member), elected 17 July 2015;
  • ​Vincent Montagne (Média-Participations, founding member), elected 17 July 2015;
  • Flore Grainger-Piacentino (SNE, founding member), elected 17 July 2015;
  • Patrick Cocquet (Cap Digital, founding member), elected 17 July 2015;
  • ​Michel Lanneau (for the Cercle de la Librairie, founding member), elected 17 July 2015;
  • ​Nicolas Georges (for the French State, ex-officio member), elected 17 July 2015;
  • ​François Rouyer-Gayette (CNL, ex-officio member), elected 17 July 2015;
  • Bente Saetervoll (for Readium, ex-officio member), elected 17 July 2015;
  • Cristina Mussinelli (Fondazione LIA), elected 13 June 2017;
  • Alexandre Lemaire (Réseau Carel), elected 13 June 2017;
  • ​Hadrien Gardeur (Feedbooks), elected 19 June 2018;
  • ​Rémi Bauzac (TEA), elected 19 June 2018.

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