[Athen] FW: New Digital Book Standard Released (press release)
Berkowitz, Daniel J
djbrky at bu.edu
Mon Oct 30 09:47:14 PST 2006
OK El Presidente Ron -
What does this mean (if anything) for us?
Daniel Berkowitz - Assistant Director
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From: Nick Bogaty [mailto:nbogaty at idpf.org]
Sent: Monday, October 30, 2006 10:40 AM
To: library at openebook.org; conferences at openebook.org
Subject: New Digital Book Standard Released (press release)
Dear IDPF Newsletter Subscribers,
I am very pleased to announce that the IDPF membership has elected to
elevate the status of the Open eBook Publication Structure Container
Format 1.0 (OCF 1.0) to a Recommended Specification, an official IDPF
industry standard. A press release announcing approval of the
specification as well as publisher adoption and software implementations
of the standard was released this morning at
Please contact me with any questions.
International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF)
nbogaty at idpf.org
(212) 924-9081 direct
New Digital Book Standard Released
Software Companies and Publishers Announce Implementation Plans
New York, NY (October 30th, 2006) - The International Digital Publishing
Forum (IDPF), the standards and trade association for digital
publishing, announced today the release of a new technical standard to
facilitate digital content creation, distribution and use by consumers.
In addition to the Open eBook Publication Structure (OEBPS), an XML
standard for authoring digital books, the IDPF has now released a new
standard for packaging a digital publication, including the contents of
the publication, metadata, signatures, encryption, rights and other
information into one standard file. Entitled the Open eBook Publication
Structure Container Format (OCF), the new IDPF standard will allow
publishers to release a single standard file into their sales and
distribution channels and will also enable consumers to exchange
unencrypted eBooks and other digital publications between reading
systems that support the new standard.
"The new container format provides a simplified method of packaging a
digital publication into a single file, thereby making it easier for
publishers, resellers and others to deliver and utilize digital reading
materials," stated Nick Bogaty, IDPF Executive Director. "The OCF
specification has widespread support from all sectors of our industry
including publishers and software companies."
The standard specifies a ZIP-based packaging format that is an extension
of OASIS' Open Document Format Standard (ISO/IEC 26300). The OCF
specification and additional information can be found at
<http://www.idpf.org/ocf/ocf1.0/index.htm> . OCF files can easily be
identified by the file extension ".epub".
"Today's announcement heralds the beginning of increased title
availability and lower costs for publishers entering the eBook and
digital reading market," stated Neil de Young, Hachette Book Group USA.
"Over the coming months we will be working with our vendors and partners
to transition our entire eBook publishing program to the OCF standard,"
Over forty publishers, technology companies and organizations were
involved in the OCF Working Group, the committee responsible for the
creation of the standard, including Adobe Systems Inc., Benetech, DAISY
Consortium, eBook Technologies Inc., Hachette Book Group, Harlequin,
iRex Technologies, Mobipocket (An amazon.com company), netLibrary,
OverDrive Inc., Random House, Simon & Schuster, WGBH and many others.
Both trade and academic publishers plan to use the OCF standard to
deliver files through their distribution channels using the standard
file. The OCF will be used in workflows where an electronic publication
is sent from a publisher to a distributor or retailer and when an
electronic publication is delivered to a consumer using software or
hardware which has implemented the standard.
"Defining a single delivery format is a huge achievement for the
industry. It simplifies production processes and promotes distribution
of many more titles than are currently available," said Ken Brooks, VP,
Global Production and Manufacturing Services, Thomson Learning.
Many IDPF member companies have announced service offerings to produce
digital publications using the OCF standard including codeMantra, Green
Point Technology Services, Publishing Dimensions, Rosetta Solutions,
Inc. and techbooks.
Numerous software and hardware companies have also announced
implementation plans for the new standard. Software implementations
will allow publishers to save considerable time and expense in
delivering digital content, enhancing the flow of content to consumers.
Also, implementations of OCF will increase interoperability between
software. Announced implementations are:
Adobe Implementation - http://www.adobe.com <http://www.adobe.com/>
Product name: Adobe(r) Digital Editions
Implementation Time Frame: Public beta available now
Product Details/Features: Natively supports PDF and OCF-packaged OEBPS
content, based on in-preparation next-generation OEBPS specification.
Product URL: http://www.adobe.com/go/getdigitaleditions
eBook Technologies, Inc. Implementation -
Product Name: eBook Publisher
Implementation Time Frame: Public Beta Mac Tools supporting OCF
available now; Windows and Server OCF support coming in Q4 2006
Product Details/Features: eBook production tools supporting processing
of OEBPS, Word, PowerPoint, text and HTML into eBooks for desktop
preview and delivery into the ETI Reading System
Mobipocket (An amazon.com company) Implementation -
Product name: Mobipocket Reader / Mobipocket Creator
Implementation Time Frame: Q1 2007
Product Details/Features: Mobipocket Reader brings rich eBook content to
all mobile platforms (Windows Mobile, Symbian smartphones, Blackberry,
Palm) as well as desktops and laptops (MS Windows).
Product URL: http://www.mobipocket.com/en/DownloadSoft/default.asp
OSoft Implementation - http://www.dotreader.com
Product name: dotReader with OCF plug-in
Implementation Time Frame: Jan 2007
Product Details/Features: The dotReader is a cross-platform, open source
documentation platform that renders multiple XML and other formats and
will support the OCF format for the dotReader. The OCF format will take
advantage of all of dotReader's capabilities including advanced search
and public, private, and group annotations.
Product URL: http://www.dotreader.com <http://www.dotreader.com/>
OCF and the Open eBook Publication Structure
OCF requires inclusion of an OEBPS version of the publication, an XML
standard for digital books maintained by the IDPF
). For reading systems that can display OEBPS files, publishers will be
able to simply allow for the sale of the OCF. Platform-targeting or the
application of digital rights management (DRM) will be the
responsibility of the target software. For content that is not secured
by DRM, digital publications in OCF will be able to be exchanged between
conformant software, improving content interoperability for the
In addition to the OEBPS version of the publication, OCF will also allow
for the transport of alternate renditions of the publication, including
PDF and other targeted eBook formats.
The OEBPS standard is currently being updated in the IDPF. A draft of
the next version of OEBPS will be released by the end of the year. The
draft updates the standard to include better control of content
rendering, navigation, accessibility and alignment with other standards
efforts. OEBPS content is expected to offer publishers National
Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) compliance. It
is the production and consumer standard for reflowable digital content.
On November 29th, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the
IDPF will hold a joint meeting to help educate publishers on the use of
OCF and the next version of OEBPS in their production and distribution
The meeting will be held at the AAP New York office. Registration for
the event is limited to 50, please visit the AAP website at
<http://www.publishers.org/conference/index.cfm> for registration
Additional Relevant Information
Open eBook Publication Structure Container Format (OCF) Version 1.0:
Open eBook Publication Structure (OEBPS) Specification Version 1.2:
OCF Working Group:
OEBPS Working Group:
IDPF Specifications & Documents:
IDPF Working Groups:
IDPF meetings & teleconference schedule:
IDPF membership information:
About the International Digital Publishing Forum
The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), formerly the Open
eBook Forum (OeBF), is the trade and standards association for the
digital publishing industry. Further information about the organization
and industry, including membership information, can be obtained by
visiting www.idpf.org <http://www.idpf.org/> .
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