Who we are

A Development Lab

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

EDRLab develops technology to accelerate the adoption of digital reading in different forms: text, audio and  image. It is the main contributor of the Readium open-source software project, the creator of the Thorium Reader desktop reading application. It is also an active member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), actively participating to Publishing@W3C activities, i.e. the evolution of the EPUB 3 format and the creation of the publishing standards for the Open Web Platform.

EDRLab also dedicates expert resources to the development of an open standard aiming at facilitating Text and Data Mining (TDM) in Europe and elsewhere.

An Association

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 is reaching 60 members in 2020 (see Our members). Among them, companies specialized in authoring tools, content processing, e-readers, digital distribution …

The bylaws of the association are available in French and English.

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:

  • Develop Thorium Reader, a powerful and open-source Windows, MacOS and Linux application based on Readium Desktop, and successor of the deprecated Readium Chrome Application;
  • Develop and manage the non-proprietary Readium LCP DRM;
  • Develop the Readium Mobile toolkit, an open-source reading engine for iOS and Android;
  • Develop the Readium Desktop toolkit, an open-source reading engine for Windows, MacOS and Linux;
  • Develop the Readium Web toolkit, an open-source reading engine for Web applications;
  • Minimally maintain the older open-source Readium SDK and Readium Cloud Reader;
  • Work actively on the evolution of the EPUB 3 standard inside the W3C
    • Promote its adoption across Europe, especially as a replacement for EPUB 2;
    • Promote natively accessible EPUB 3 publications, for use by print disabled people;
  • Work actively on W3 Audiobooks and LPF, the new standard of interchange for audiobooks, and promote its use in Europe;
  • Develop the new Divina format for comics, manga and bande-dessinée.

Who funds EDRLab

EDRLab mainly gets its budget from membership fees and public or private grants. Such income 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.

Founding members and French ex-officio members are currently providing a large part of the funding. Their logo is provided at the bottom of this page.

Board of Directors

Here is the composition of our current (June 2020) board of Directors:

  • Virginie Clayssen (Editis), founding member
  • Alban Cerisier (Madrigall), founding member
  • ​Arnaud Robert (Hachette Livre), founding member
  • ​Séverin Cassan (Média-Participations), founding member
  • Tiphaine Duchenoy (SNE), founding member
  • Carlos Cunha  (Cap Digital), founding member
  • ​Michel Lanneau (for the Cercle de la Librairie), founding member
  • Dienaba Dia​ (for the French State), ex-officio member
  • ​François Rouyer-Gayette (CNL), ex-officio member
  • ​Hadrien Gardeur (De Marque), elected 29 June 2020
  • ​Rémi Bauzac (Vivlio), elected 29 June 2020
  • Arnaud Lecompte (Nord Compo), elected 29 June 2020
  • Cristina Mussinelli (Fondazione LIA), elected 29 June 2021
  • Eric Pattenden (Firsty Group), elected 29 June 2021

Elected board members have a two years mandate.

Board Elections – candidate statements

Board Election 2019
Board Election 2020
Board Election 2021

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