English publisher digitizes thousands of books

Random House, one of the world’s largest English-language general trade book publsiher, announced on Monday saying that the company will turn thousands of books into digital form. The main objective of this move is to boost revenue from the emerging e-book market. “Random House is in a great position to make (e-books) successful,” said IDC analyst Susan Kevorkian. “Not only have they launched this new imprint, but they have been instrumental in setting the precedent for the way publishers are adopting e-books and producing digital books.” It is said that novels such by John Updike and Harlan Coben, including several volumes of the favorable “Magic Treehouse” children’s series will be digitized. The trend of e-book sales has been always heading up north these few years. According to IDPF (International Digital Publishing Forum), US trade wholesale e-book sales boosted from $1.5 million in 1st quarter of 2002 to an extraordinary $13.9 million in the 3rd quarter of 2008.

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