Who we are

EDRLab is an international, non-profit development lab, 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 European headquarter of the Readium Foundation, an international non-profit membership organization which develops multi-platform Software Development Kits as open-source software.

EDRLab is also very active in the development and promotion of the EPUB standard, previously maintained by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). After the IDPF combined with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), EDRLab has become a member of the W3C and now actively participates to Publishing@W3C activities, i.e. the creation of the Web Publications and EPUB 4 standards.

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

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