Monday 24 January, 2011
Booki.sh has arrived
Today's an important day for Australian publishing. Readings bookshop has launched its new ebook store. Australian, independent publishers now have access to a multi-platform ebook that is NOT a part of a monolith like Amazon or Google. Everyone who's contributed to this project is passionate about books, about design, and about Australian publishing. The store has been built by Inventive Labs* who also built the ebook platform Book.ish the store is using. The initiative has been supported by many people, most notably SPUNC. There has been some concern that if you buy an ebook you won't 'own' it in the way you own a printed book. Joseph Pearson has written a great post on that subject which is worth a read.
*It should be noted that one half of Inventive Labs, is one half of my domestic household: Virginia Murdoch. I also worked with them on the Meanjin. So yes, I have witnessed at close hand the brilliance of the labs team.