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Re: Offer letter to TPI Members [15 October 2018]

From: AUDRAIN LUC <LAUDRAIN@hachette-livre.fr>
Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2018 14:20:41 +0000
To: Karen Myers <karen@w3.org>, W3C Publishing Steering Committee <public-publishing-sc@w3.org>
CC: Jeff Jaffe <jeff@w3.org>, Ralph Swick <swick@w3.org>, Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>, "J. Alan Bird" <abird@w3.org>, Ryan Pugatch <Ryan.Pugatch@hbgusa.com>
Message-ID: <24D2B193-5B49-4B0A-A1FD-5BF12132D9A7@hachette-livre.fr>

Perhaps I missed something, but I must admit I haven’t seen the PBG SC discussions on this proposal.

Sorry to be frank but I don’t think this proposal will improve the current state of full membership after TPI.

We are several to think that, with the existing fee amounts, it is impossible to increase the number of Full Members among Publishers. Except for a handful of very large groups, they are not engaged that much in standards to cope with so huge fees. With no visibility on any ROI before years, they cannot afford such an amount per year.

As, with or without a Publishing Champion, it will fail, the question of having a Publishing Champion has also to be raised.

The Publishing Business Group can be the global communication and sharing instance and we have to push the PBG membership among TPI members. But PBG members don’t contribute to standards.

As Publishing is impacted by a limited numbers of W3C Rec, why not a “partial” membership limited to that Rec scope for a limited fee?

I copy Ryan Pugatch, our Hachette Livre’s ACRep.

Best regards,

Luc Audrain
Head of Digitalization
Hachette Livre
Mobile : +33 (0) 6 48 38 21 41

De : Karen Myers <karen@w3.org>
Date : lundi 15 octobre 2018 à 14:26
À : W3C Publishing Steering Committee <public-publishing-sc@w3.org>
Cc : Jeff Jaffe <jeff@w3.org>, Ralph Swick <swick@w3.org>, Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>, "J. Alan Bird" <abird@w3.org>
Objet : Offer letter to TPI Members [15 October 2018]
Renvoyer - De : <public-publishing-sc@w3.org>
Renvoyer - Date : lundi 15 octobre 2018 à 14:26

Dear Pub Steering Committee members,

Thank you to a number of you who already hand raised to help with the education, communication and outreach to current Transitional Publishing Industry members over the next several weeks.

We have organized a letter (see below) that we plan to send out today (US, Europe and Korea) and tomorrow (Japan in Japanese) to the list of current TPI members with special incentive offers for both the regular membership and the Publishing Business Group. The special offer expires 30 November so there is time to engage people in the upcoming Webinar, in future Publishing Business Group calls, at TPAC and in 1:1 conversations over the next several weeks.

If you have not already been in touch with me about making calls to a few of the contacts you know and would like to do so, please let me know this week.  I’ll be in touch with you about the specific organizations that you would like to reach out to. As members of the Steering Committee, you have an opportunity to engage and educate folks who may not have been active yet about the great work you are doing and the need to sustain the publishing community beyond the expiration of the TPI membership.

I’ll be in touch with several of you directly for some 1:1 conversations in the next few days before we head off to TPAC.

Thank you for all you do!



15 October 2018

Dear [First and Last Name from TPI list]

Thank you for your support of W3C as a Transitional Publishing Industry (TPI) Member.  We appreciate your commitment to building a community at W3C for all segments of the publishing industry to engage and advance your vision and needs.  W3C is pleased to see the energy and commitment of so many companies that wish to shape the digital transformation affecting the publishing industry.

The TPI membership was created as a means for former IDPF members to participate in specific W3C publishing activities: the Publishing Working Group, Publishing Business Group and the EPUB3 Community Group.  As part of the agreement, the TPI membership term will expire on 31 January 2019.

To facilitate your continued participation and support in 2019 and beyond, W3C is pleased to offer current TPI member organizations two special opportunities:

1. Regular W3C Membership
Your organization may become a regular W3C member with a 1 January 2019 start date of benefits, but a payment due date of 1 April 2019.  Regular W3C membership means you may participate in an unlimited number of activities and name a representative to the W3C Advisory Committee.

This offer includes three additional months of regular membership free with an effective payment date of 1 April 2019 and a next renewal date of 1 April 2020.  In order to take advantage of this offer, you will need to complete and sign the W3C membership agreement by the close of business on 30 November 2018.  For customization of this agreement, please contact me before you begin the online membership application [https://www.w3.org/Consortium/application] so that we can enter the special offer.

2. Publishing Business Group Participation
Alternatively, your organization may choose to only participate in the Publishing Business Group where the strategic direction and industry liaising takes place.  The Publishing Business Group’s anniversary date is 1 April.

To bridge the gap from 1 February to 1 April, we would like to offer you the opportunity to join the Publishing Business Group by the close of business on 30 November 2018 and then receive two months free with payment due on 1 April 2019.  If you wait to join after 30 November, there is a pro-rated fee between the date you join and the start date of 1 April 2019.

To learn more and to help you decide which of these two options to take, we encourage you to attend or call into various meetings in the next few weeks to be involved in the conversations.  There is a Publishing Webinar on 17 October. [https://www.w3.org/2018/10/17-publishing-webinar/]

On 22-23 October, during W3C’s Technical Plenary and Advisory Committee (TPAC) meetings in Lyon, France, there will be a discussion of the roadmap of activities in the Publishing Working Group, the Publishing Business Group and the future of EPUB.  Here is the TPAC overview page: https://www.w3.org/2018/10/TPAC/

Members of the Publishing Steering Committee and W3C will be reaching out to you over the next few weeks to discuss the opportunities and benefits in greater detail.  We are all very committed to continuing the great work we have begun together since the combination with IDPF and W3C in 2017, and we look forward to having your voice, presence, and support continue.


Karen Myers
W3C Business Development Team
Office: 1.617.253.5509
Mobile: 1.978.502.6218
Email: Karen@w3.org<mailto:Karen@w3.org>

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