NYPL Labs: NYPL/Readium Open Book Hack Day Volume 2: The Public Domain

Date and Time
January 14, 2015
Event Details

NYPL/Readium Open Book Hack Day 2015

Reclaim and make the most of the public domain at Open Book Hack Day on January 14, 2015 at The New York Public Library, brought to you by NYPL Labs and The Readium Foundation.

During this day-long event, we’ll push the limits of what’s possible with ebooks and open texts, liberate public domain documents onto the open web, play with tools to make it easier for authors to write and publish in creative ways, and improve the experience of finding amazing books in the public domain.

Register now to reserve your spot and help shape the event!

We’ll be exploring such questions and projects as:

  1. What work can be done to help people find the best public domain content (metadata enrichment, cover art, recommendation tools etc.)?
  2. How can we liberate and integrate other public domain content, like audio books, comics, and government documents into e-readers?
  3. How can we make it easier to get open-access e-books and facilitate open e-book access/distribution for other libraries, startups, and publishers alike?

Or: come to work on anything else related to the public domain, e-books, or digital reading. (And bring a friend.)

We’ll be doing all of this from inside the New York Library’s landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman building. (Yes, it’s the library from Ghostbusters.) 


Who should attend

Developers, designers, publishers, librarians, anyone interested in open standards for e-books, anyone interested in the future of digital reading and storytelling.

Follow #openbook2015 for details and to join the conversation. 

About the Hosts

NYPL Labs (labs.nypl.org) is an interdisciplinary team focused on weaving library knowledge into the Internet. Labs digitizes collections, wrangles data, develops software, and works with the public to create new digital resources and tools. Current projects include Library Simplified, an effort (generously funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services) to create a beautiful, seamless, library-grown ebook lending and reading service.

The Readium Foundation (Readium.org) develops technology to accelerate adoption of EPUB 3 and the Open Web Platform by the global digital publishing industry. Readium.org was formed in February, 2013 as a non-profit membership organization. Current Readium.org projects include Readium Web (an EPUB 3 rendering engine for browser-based cloud readers), Readium SDK (an EPUB 3 rendering engine for native apps), and Readium LCP (a lightweight interoperable DRM system).