Aussie book buyers are to make their mark on the market for the first time with an unprecedented sale of 1,000 digital books.
Ahead of their launch on Tuesday, the publishers of The Giver eBook, The Outsider eBook and The Outsiders ebook reader signed a deal with the Australian Government to allow ebook readers to buy and print books for free in the country.
Bookstores will also be offering the books to booksellers for the next two months.
Publishers, authors and readers of the digital books, including The Outsizer, will have access to the book on demand, in the same way that booksells sell physical books.
Publisher Andrew Cottle says the agreement will help to “turn around the market” for books.
“This is the biggest, most ambitious book-buying experiment in Australia’s history, and it’s the biggest and most ambitious in the world, he said.”
We’re looking forward to the success of this, which will enable us to continue building the digital ecosystem in Australia.
“In its first day of sales, 1,086 digital books have been sold.”
For the first two months of this new arrangement, we’ll be publishing more than 4,000 books to customers, and we’ll continue to expand the range and offer more to authors,” Mr Cottlet said.
The new deal has been signed between the publishers, bookseller and government, who will work together to ensure the books reach the Australian book market.
The bookseller, which was founded in 2007, will also make free ebooks available on the internet, which is free for all Australians.
Mr Cottlette said the new agreement had been negotiated with the government, bookseller and publishers, to ensure a seamless transition to the digital model.”
The partnership between the Government and the booksellors is unique,” he said, “it’s a deal where the Government’s not just interested in what we’re doing but in what happens with us as a result of our efforts.
“And the publishers have been working very closely with the Government to ensure that the digital format remains free for everybody.”
Booksellers say the sale of the books is expected to bring in up to $600,000 a year for the bookseller.
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