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Re: Amazon

From: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2019 09:15:57 +0200
Cc: Jeff Jaffe <jeff@w3.org>, W3C Publishing Steering Committee <public-publishing-sc@w3.org>, Avneesh Singh <avneesh.sg@gmail.com>, Florian Rivoal <florian@rivoal.net>, Wendy Reid <wendy.reid@rakuten.com>, Matt Garrish <matt.garrish@gmail.com>, Garth Conboy <garth@google.com>
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To: Luc Audrain <LAUDRAIN@hachette-livre.fr>
Thank you, Jeff. If we achieve building the right bridges and establish cooperation with Amazon, this would be of a huge importance for the publishing community. 

Note that Amazon also has an audiobook offering; having them around at the Publ WG F2F and getting their feedbacks would also be of a great importance in this respect.

The agenda for the Publ WG F2F is not yet established in details, so it should be possible to do this.


> On 8 Aug 2019, at 09:06, AUDRAIN LUC <LAUDRAIN@hachette-livre.fr> wrote:
> This is great news !
> In Europe, in the context of the European Accessibility Act, we are also in contact with Amazon Europe (Juan Carlos Ivars, manager) to build consensus on EPUB Accessibility specifications to be adopted by the Commission as a EU Technical Specification.
> We here means the Federation of European Publishers, the European Bind Union and the European Disability Forum, and DAISY Consortium too (Avneesh and Fernando)
> I’ll follow up these news to them.
> I support the idea of dedicating one hour in TPAC WG F2F to that item.
> Best,
> Luc
> De : Jeff Jaffe <jeff@w3.org <mailto:jeff@w3.org>>
> Date : jeudi 8 août 2019 à 06:57
> À : 'W3C Publishing Steering Committee' <public-publishing-sc@w3.org <mailto:public-publishing-sc@w3.org>>
> Cc : Avneesh Singh <avneesh.sg@gmail.com <mailto:avneesh.sg@gmail.com>>, Florian Rivoal <florian@rivoal.net <mailto:florian@rivoal.net>>
> Objet : Amazon
> Renvoyer - De : <public-publishing-sc@w3.org <mailto:public-publishing-sc@w3.org>>
> Renvoyer - Date : jeudi 8 août 2019 à 06:56
> This week the W3C Advisory Board is meeting in Seattle.  Accordingly, we arranged an evening meetup with Amazon.  From the Kindle team there was Giorgio Natili (Software Development Manager), Stanton (engineer), and JoAnna Hunt (Manager, Kindle Accessibility).  Avneesh, Florian, and I discussed Kindle/EPUB interoperability and collaboration.  As background, both Giorgio and Stanton have recently joined CSS and plan to attend TPAC.
> All three of the Amazon folks expressed a strong interest in looking at better interoperability between Kindle and EPUB.  This includes:
> ·         Immediate term issues to improve how Kindle supports EPUB content.  It was noted, for example, that often when Kindle displays an EPUB book the accessibility information from EPUB is lost.  There was great interest on Amazon's side to improve interop in general.
> ·         Longer-term issues - to have a greater common view on the evolution of ebook technologies; technology sharing, and interop.
> Of these two choices, there was agreement that it would be useful to focus on the first (immediate issues) during TPAC.  First, JoAnna (who would work on the longer term issues) will probably not be at TPAC.  Second, with immediate issues, we may get some early successes which would build momentum for the future.
> Avneesh also reported to me that Amazon may join the EPUB CG.
> I believe that it would be useful to dedicate an hour of the WP WG meeting to this topic.  We would invite Giorgio and Stanton to that session and work through issues and create a plan for improvement.
> If the WG Chairs are willing to accept this proposal and dedicate an hour to this discussion, then it would be useful for one person to engage with Giorgio to build a strong agenda of potential joint work for this one hour.  Once we choose that person, I'm happy to make intros to Giorgio.
> Comments?
> Jeff

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