ACCESS Joins Readium Foundation, Open Source Consortium for Digital Publishing

  ACCESS Joins Readium Foundation, Open Source Consortium for Digital

                  Accelerating Commercial Adoption of EPUB 3

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TOKYO -- March 27, 2013

ACCESS CO., LTD., a global provider of advanced software technologies to the
mobile, beyond-PC and digital TV markets, today announced it joined the
Readium Foundation, a consortium of companies committed to establishing
electronic publishing standards which incorporates the Readium Project for
EPUB^® 3 applications. Overseen by the International Digital Publishing Forum
(IDPF), the initial Readium Project had been an open source initiative
dedicated to accelerating adoption of EPUB^® 3. A member since the project was
launched in February 2012, ACCESS has contributed to EPUB^® 3 development and
standards formulation. Moving forward, ACCESS intends to support all efforts
toward the commercial application of Readium as an EPUB 3 reference viewer. open source initiative today announces its evolution into a formal
consortium of member companies fostering a community of open source projects,
including a new Readium™ SDK project developing a commercial-grade rendering
engine for EPUB^® 3, optimized for native applications.

The Readium Foundation maintains licenses of Readium and develop and
popularize the Readium SDK viewer platform and Readium Web EPUB viewer
operating on browsers and plug-ins. ACCESS has contributed to Readium
development by supplying its NetFront^TM BookReader EPUB Edition engine,
developed in-house, to the Readium Project. As part of the Readium Foundation,
ACCESS plans to enhance and redistribute Readium SDK technology.

NetFront™ BookReader EPUB Edition, which supports EPUB 3, is capable of
faithfully reproducing a wide range of complex content specific to Japanese
text, such as vertical text, readings alongside Kanji characters, and Japanese
line breaks. By employing the industry-standard rendering engine WebKit,
consumers will be able to enjoy next-generation HTML5 rich media content as

“ACCESS has contributed substantially to the development of Japanese writing
expressions and multi-linguistic functions of UI for Readium. I believe ACCESS
will continue to play a key role for the Readium Foundation,” said Bill McCoy,
IDPF Executive Director.

“ACCESS is working vigorously to develop cutting-edge, open source-based
software solutions combined with our proprietary technologies, to provide
readers around the world with a comfortable, user-friendly e-book reading
environment as quickly as possible. Building on our extensive experience with
multiplatform e-book solutions, we will continue making every possible
contribution to the widespread adoption of Readium,” says Kunihiro Ishiguro,
Senior Executive Officer and CTO of ACCESS.

To learn more about the Readium Foundation, Readium Web and Readium SDK,
please visit the official Readium Foundation website,

About NetFront BookReader EPUB Edition

NetFront BookReader EPUB Edition is a multi-platform reader incorporating the
technological capabilities of Japanese characters and page layout and
expertise of ACCESS mobile software. NetFront BookReader EPUB Edition, which
supports EPUB 3 in addition to EPUB 2.0.1, reproduces complex page layouts and
Japanese characters, including vertical layouts and logographic Kanji
characters by incorporating furigana annotation. The reader is based on the
WebKit browser engine and supports a wide range of HTML5 and JavaScript
content. NetFront BookReader EPUB Edition enables users to enjoy rich eBook
content embedded withvideo, audio and applications.


ACCESS CO., LTD. is a global company providing leading technology, software
products and platforms for web browsing, mobile phones, wireless handhelds,
digital TVs and other networked devices. ACCESS’ product portfolio including
its NetFront™ series provides customers with solutions that enable faster time
to market, flexibility and customizability. Recently, ACCESS launched
NetFront™ Life as a global brand with applications and services for end users.
Additional information about NetFront Life is available at The company, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, operates
subsidiaries and affiliates in Asia, Europe and the United States. ACCESS is
listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers’ Index under the number 4813. For
more information about ACCESS, please visit

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