Book publishing in the digital age

January 24, 2006 at 10:05 am | Posted in E-Books, Monographs | Leave a comment

The Bookseller (19 January 2006) has an edited version of a speech given by HarperCollins chief executive Victoria Barnsley at the London Business School’s media summit. Excerpts:

“HarperCollins Worldwide has announced plans to create a global digital warehouse for our titles, which search engines will be able to visit by means of an index. This will enable us to meet the demands of the digital age while retaining control of our own digital files and thereby our intellectual property.”

“It’s by this kind of thinking that I hope publishing will take advantage of the fact that it’s rather late to the digital party. We might not’ve been catapulted into it as abruptly as the music industry, but it will fundamentally change our business, and we need to be as prepared as possible.”

“Whether the genuinely user-friendly e-book is developed this year (and Sony has come pretty close), or in 20 years — the internet is fundamentally changing the relationship between authors, readers and content.”

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