OPDS v1.0 DRAFT – rfc

On behalf of the OPDS community, I am thrilled to announce that the draft OPDS 1.0 specification of the BookServer OPDS Catalog is available for review.

We are soliciting feedback and comments on this version 1.0 draft.

Please submit all critiques or comments to the OPDS mailing list, or add an issue to the OPDS project site by Tuesday, 17 August 2010.

Version 0.9 the OPDS Catalog specification was published on 25 May 2010.

What are OPDS Catalogs?

OPDS stands for Open Publishing Distribution System.  OPDS enables 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.

Today, OPDS Catalogs power many existing, in-production software systems and distribution between ebook reading systems, publishers, and distributors. Feedbooks, for example, already distributes more than 2 million ebooks every month using its OPDS Catalogs 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 OPDS Catalogs as the specification has evolved toward 1.0.

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

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