Hachette Livre  – which includes both the Hachette Book Group and Hachette UK — is joining the Readium Project, the International Digital Publishing Forum’s new open source initiative. The move will make Hachette’s eBooks EPUB3 ready.

Hachette’s press release explains more: “The Readium Project aims to ensure that open source software for handling EPUB 3 publications is readily available, to accelerate adoption of EPUB 3 as the universal, accessible, global digital publishing format. This will be achieved by building on WebKit, the widely adopted open source HTML5 rendering engine.”

Pierre Danet, Senior digital  technology officer, stated: “Hachette Livre’s technology teams are excited about participating in the design of the ‘missing link’ that will enable EPUB3 adoption with open source software.”