In this age of the giant eBookstores its important to make sure that local books don’t fall through the cracks.
Wheelers, a library and school book distributor based in Auckland, NZ, has recently expanded their ebook selection. In addition to eBooks from most major publishers, they now stock 400 eBooks originally written and published in new Zealand. The eBooks were converted as part of Great New Zealand eBooks, an initiative sponsored by an NZ based copyright group, Copyright Licensing.
Copyright Licensing CEO Paula Browning had previously told NBR.
“We know that New Zealanders like to “buy New Zealand made” and the Wheelers system will ensure that the retail market for ebooks generates a return to a New Zealand company as well as to New Zealand authors and publishers,” said Copyright Licensing CEO Paula Browning.
Wheelers is one of the larger book distributors down under, and they recently expanded into eBooks. Their ePlatform uses Adobe DE DRM and it supports all major eReaders (except for the Kindle).
Wheelers managing director Paul du Temple was pleased to be able to offer local content. Wheelers had previously found it difficult to get New Zealand content as eBooks. “It’s all very very new, so there’s a lot of publishers who are only just starting to digitise their titles…to have a really strong diverse collection like this become available in one go is exciting.”
Great New Zealand eBooks is currently negotiating with Google and Apple, and in the long run they plan to distribute eBooks to all major eBookstores.