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NZ's favourite stories to be made available on digital media

More than 300 of New Zealand’s most famous books have been submitted to be digitised and made available for ebook and smartphone customers, it was announced today.

Licensing has formed a venture to digitise the books. Copyright Licensing – a non profit copyright collective representing book publishers and authors – will be seeking rights from publishers and authors to digitise further works, which would be made available under licence to libraries, booksellers and the educational sector.
 
The collective’s chairman Chris Else said it had been looking for ways to develop an infrastructure that would assist in the development of digital publishing in New Zealand.
 
“The digitisation of books is one of the most exciting business opportunities the publishing industry has seen and New Zealand must embrace it in order to move forward, “ Mr Else said.
 
The collective formed the venture in conjunction with Digital Strategies and InfoGrid Pacific, which follows on from the formation of the Digital Publishing Forum last year.

The proposed public launch of the project will be in the second quarter of 2010.