OPDS 0.9 Draft call for comments

OPDS (Open Publication Distribution System) was first launched approximately one year ago, and today the OPDS community is very pleased to announce a call for comments on the first draft spec version, 0.9.

The OPDS Catalogs 0.9 draft is ready for public review and we are soliciting feedback and comments.

Please submit any and all critiques or comments to the openpub mailing list or add an issue on our project page by 19 May 2010.

What are OPDS Catalogs?

OPDS Catalogs enable the aggregation, distribution, and discovery of books, journals, and other digital content by any user, from any source, in  any electronic format, on any device. The OPDS Catalogs specification is based on the Atom syndication format and prioritizes simplicity and speed.

Are there any current implementers of this standard?

The OPDS Catalogs 0.9 draft is based on a lot of existing, in-production software and collaboration between ebook reading systems, publishers, and distributors. Feedbooks, for example, distributes more than 2 million ebooks every month using its OPDS Catalogs (http://feedbooks.com/catalog.atom) and ebook readers like Aldiko, Stanza, QuickReader, FBReader, Ibis Reader, and others already support the evolving specification. Publishers and libraries have been early adopters of the OPDS Catalogs as the specification has evolved toward 0.9 as well.

Some highlights:

* Internet Archive (1.8 million free books,
http://bookserver.archive.org/catalog/)

* O'Reilly Media (hundreds of technical ebooks,
http://catalog.oreilly.com/aldiko/main.xml)

* PragPub Magazine, from The Pragmatic Programmers
(http://pragprog.com/magazines.opds)

* Smashwords
(http://www.smashwords.com/atom)

OPDS Catalogs are the first component in the Internet Archive’s
BookServer Project.

Thanks for your feedback,

The openpub community

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