Michael Smith

It's difficult to imagine that the International Digital Publishing Forum's (IDPF) Digital Book 2010 could ever be compared to Woodstock; but, in fact, this year's sold-out event had a few sessions that were so crowded that dozens of people sat on the floor in the back of the room so as not to be in the way of the standing-room only crowd lining the room's back wall. Michael Smith, IDPF's executive director, joked that it looked like Woodstock.

The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) has announced the beginning of a contest to design the official EPUB format logo. According to a letter from Executive Director Michael Smith to IDPF members, the logo will be used by publishers, distributors, retailers, software companies and anyone else who would like to identify to the public their conformance to the EPUB standard file format for electronic books.

(Sydney — September 15, 2009) DNAML, an eBook technology house has announced the release of a software called ‘PDF to ePub’.  Publishers, authors, conversion and design houses can now convert an unlimited number of PDF eBooks into the industry standard ePub format in just six simple steps.

Last month, the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), a trade and standards organization for the digital publishing industry, announced Michael Smith as its new executive director. Smith, who replaces Nick Bogaty, is charged with directing the IDPF’s efforts to promote the newly adopted Open Publication Structure 2.0 and .epub file format, which the organization approved as the official digital publishing industry standard in September. In October, Hachette Book Group USA was the first publisher to announce that it had adopted the new standard. Smith, who previously managed e-book and book production for Harlequin Enterprises Ltd. for its North American, U.K. and Australian

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