SOURCE: International Digital Publishing Forum

May 13, 2008 07:00 ET

Digital Book 2008 Showcases Emerging eBook Standard & Global Marketplace

International Adoption of EPUB Format & Cell Phone Reading to Accelerate eBook Business

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - May 13, 2008) - At the Digital Book 2008 Conference on Wednesday, May 14, the world's leading digital book publishers, e-reading technology companies, and content distributors will explore the expanding eBook marketplace and the emergence of the EPUB digital publication standard. The sold-out conference will be held at the McGraw-Hill Auditorium in New York City and is part of the International Digital Publishing Forum's acclaimed spring educational series. Additional information can be found at www.idpf.org/digitalbook08.

Mikio Amaya, president and CEO of the Tokyo-based eBook retailer Papyless Co., Ltd., will offer a special session on the eBook industry in Japan and the country's growing mobile eBook marketplace. Representing additional international markets will be attendees and exhibitors from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, India, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

"At Digital Book 2008 publishers and tech companies using new e-reading applications and the open standard EPUB format will demonstrate how they are driving eBook sales," said Steve Potash, CEO of OverDrive, Inc., and president of IDPF. "There will also be demonstrations by digital book vendors from Asia and Europe that are publishing on the eBook reader in everyone's pocket -- the cell phone."

More than 400 digital publishers, software developers, and digital distributors will join dozens of solutions vendors to discuss EPUB best practices and showcase innovative technology from around the world. Presenting companies include: Adobe Systems, Inc., Apollo Mobile, codeMantra, CourseSmart, DNAML Pty, Ltd., eBook Technologies, Inc., Google, Hachette Book Group USA, Harlequin, HarperCollins, Ingram Digital Group, iRex Technologies, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Mobipocket, OverDrive, Inc., Papyless Co., Ltd., Random House, REIS A.S., US Department of Commerce and Publishing, and Walker Reading Technologies.

Event sponsors and exhibitors include Adobe Systems, Inc., Aptara, Astak, BookBank.com, codeMantra, DNAML Pty, Ltd., Ingram Digital Group, Innodata Isogen, Interactyx, Learning Worlds, LibreDigital, LiveInk, MBS Direct, OverDrive, Inc., Rosetta Solutions, Inc. and VPG Integrated Media. Details on the conference including a full agenda and speaker bios can be found at www.idpf.org/digitalbook08.

About the International Digital Publishing Forum

Digital Book 2008 is presented by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), 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.

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