Giving readers the best reading experience, protecting their freedom to buy their e-books and e-readers where they want, and with the guarantee of the interoperability.
With nearly 75 museums, Paris has a home for everyone’s special interest, from Adzak to Zadkine. The latest project under development is the first permanent exhibition space in Europe dedicated to the history of digital reading devices. “Computers, e-readers, tablets and smartphones now form a new heritage which should be made available to professionals and to anyone interested in books and technology,” asserts Elizabeth Sutton, erstwhile founder of Le Petit musée de la lecture numérique.
At Editis, France’s second largest publishing house, Virginie Clayssen is Chief Innovation Officer; in July, she became president of the European Digital Reading Laboratory (EDRLab). Clayssen follows the state of digital reading and publishing in the French and European marketplace as closely as anyone. In her office in Place d’Italie in the treizieme arrondissement – the 13th arrondissement – of Paris, she tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally that European publishers support of EDR Lab is an investment in an “open and interoperable” future.
“What we are doing with EDR Lab is trying to help publishers and the whole book supply chain to build a sustainable e-book ecosystem, giving readers the best reading experience, protecting their freedom to buy their e-books and e-readers where they want, and with the guarantee of the interoperability,” Clayssen explains.