CO., LTD., a global provider of advanced software technologies to
the mobile, beyond-PC and digital TV markets, today announced it joined
Foundation, a consortium of companies committed to establishing
electronic publishing standards which incorporates the Readium Project
for EPUB® 3 applications. Overseen by the International
Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), the initial Readium Project had been an
open source initiative dedicated to accelerating adoption of EPUB®
3. A member since the project was launched in February 2012, ACCESS has
contributed to EPUB® 3 development and standards formulation.
Moving forward, ACCESS intends to support all efforts toward the
commercial application of Readium as an EPUB 3 reference viewer.
Readium.org open source initiative today announces its evolution into a
formal consortium of member companies fostering a community of open
source projects, including a new Readium? SDK project developing a
commercial-grade rendering engine for EPUB® 3, optimized for
The Readium Foundation maintains licenses of Readium and develop and
popularize the Readium SDK viewer platform and Readium Web EPUB viewer
operating on browsers and plug-ins. ACCESS has contributed to Readium
development by supplying its NetFrontTM BookReader EPUB
Edition engine, developed in-house, to the Readium Project. As part of
the Readium Foundation, ACCESS plans to enhance and redistribute Readium
NetFront? BookReader EPUB Edition, which supports EPUB 3, is capable of
faithfully reproducing a wide range of complex content specific to
Japanese text, such as vertical text, readings alongside Kanji
characters, and Japanese line breaks. By employing the industry-standard
rendering engine WebKit, consumers will be able to enjoy next-generation
HTML5 rich media content as well.
"ACCESS has contributed substantially to the development of Japanese
writing expressions and multi-linguistic functions of UI for Readium. I
believe ACCESS will continue to play a key role for the Readium
Foundation," said Bill McCoy, IDPF Executive Director.
"ACCESS is working vigorously to develop cutting-edge, open source-based
software solutions combined with our proprietary technologies, to
provide readers around the world with a comfortable, user-friendly
e-book reading environment as quickly as possible. Building on our
extensive experience with multiplatform e-book solutions, we will
continue making every possible contribution to the widespread adoption
of Readium," says Kunihiro Ishiguro, Senior Executive Officer and CTO of
To learn more about the Readium Foundation, Readium Web and Readium SDK,
please visit the official Readium Foundation website, http://readium.org/.
About NetFront BookReader EPUB Edition
NetFront BookReader EPUB Edition is a multi-platform reader
incorporating the technological capabilities of Japanese characters and
page layout and expertise of ACCESS mobile software. NetFront BookReader
EPUB Edition, which supports EPUB 3 in addition to EPUB 2.0.1,
reproduces complex page layouts and Japanese characters, including
vertical layouts and logographic Kanji characters by incorporating
furigana annotation. The reader is based on the WebKit browser engine
BookReader EPUB Edition enables users to enjoy rich eBook content
embedded with video, audio and applications.
ACCESS CO., LTD. is a global company providing leading technology,
software products and platforms for web browsing, mobile phones,
wireless handhelds, digital TVs and other networked devices. ACCESS'
product portfolio including its NetFront? series provides customers with
solutions that enable faster time to market, flexibility and
customizability. Recently, ACCESS launched NetFront? Life as a global
brand with applications and services for end users. Additional
information about NetFront Life is available at www.netfrontlife.com.
The company, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, operates subsidiaries and
affiliates in Asia, Europe and the United States. ACCESS is listed on
the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers' Index under the number 4813. For more
information about ACCESS, please visit www.access-company.com.
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