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Great NZ eBook Project underway


Copyright Licensing Ltd has formed a venture to digitise New Zealand books and make them available to the New Zealand reading public on the new digital reading devices, including ebook readers and smartphones such as Apple's iPhone and the forthcoming Google Android phones.

CLL, the non-profit copyright collective representing book publishers and authors, will be seeking rights from publishers and authors to digitise certain works which would be made available under licence to libraries, booksellers and the educational sector. Thirty publishers have already submitted more than 300 of New Zealand's most renowned books to include in the project.

Chris Else, Chairman of CLL, said CLL had been looking for ways to develop an infrastructure that would assist in the development of digital publishing in New Zealand and to identify business opportunities for publishers and authors in the digital environment.

CLL has formed the venture in conjunction with Digital Strategies Limited and InfoGrid Pacific Pte Limited following on from the formation of the Digital Publishing Forum last year. Forum Director Martin Taylor will manage the new venture through his company Digital Strategies Limited. InfoGrid Pacific Pte Limited will provide the XML publishing and distribution platform required to digitise and distribute the works.

The proposed public launch of the project will be in the second quarter of 2010. The project is scheduled to run for 12 months before being developed further. Its goal is to see a significant percentage of New Zealanders reading books digitally in the next two years, said Mr Else.

Although Ebook readers are not yet widely available in New Zealand "part of our plan is to use these great New Zealand ebooks to encourage companies like Sony, Asus and others to enter the New Zealand market early and help to grow it," Martin Taylor said.

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