I work in the UK on a project which supports software developers based in UK Higher Education (see http://devcsi.ukoln.ac.uk
). I am organising a Epub Hack event in Bristol, UK for the 13/14 Dec - which will focus on the epub format, though will talk about e-book readers in general etc.
It would be really great if Kovid Goyal could attend, depending on costs we might be able to pay his expenses. If you are interested (Kovid - or if he can't is there someone in the UK that might foot the bill?), could you mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org
and we can take this discussion off line.