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28Mar/110

Walker Books and WingedChariot announce digital partnership at the opening of the 45th annual Bologna International Book Fair

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From the press release:

WingedChariot is the latest digital partner for Walker as part of an ongoing digital development strategy. WingedChariot, already known for its pioneering work in the digital picture book publishing arena, will work with Walker to produce interactive apps based on Walker’s award-winning, best-selling children’s book properties.

Both Walker and WingedChariot share a commitment to quality storytelling, multi-lingual narrative and the importance of combining language and play. This innovative partnership will allow both partners to work together to create the very best in picture book apps.

Neal Hoskins, digital publisher at WingedChariot says,

“We love Walker Books and their fine list of great storytellers. We are delighted to be working with them and look forward to sharing our craft, knowledge and expertise in this new era of multi-lingual digital publishing. In the ever changing world of digital book making, we never want to lose sight of the story, the play and fun that are at the heart of all great picture book productions.”

Jane Winterbotham, Publishing Director at Walker Books adds,


“WingedChariot is a company that understands the importance of the reading experience, and their digital apps manage simultaneously to enhance that experience while remaining sensitive to the author and illustrator’s original artistic intention. We’re also very pleased to be working on multi-lingual projects that will reach out to Walker’s existing international market.”

9Mar/110

The Diesel Ebook Store and Macmillan form direct partnership to sell ebooks

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From the press release:

The Diesel eBook Store (http://www.diesel-ebooks.com) announced that it has entered into a direct partnership with Macmillan – a global publisher – that will permit the retailer to sell the publisher’s titles directly to the public through its web-based bookstore. Up to this point, Diesel eBooks used a variety of third-party eBook distributors for encryption and fulfillment.


Under the terms of the agreement, Diesel will store the digital titles of Macmillan on its own servers and provide fulfillment and encryption on orders through Adobe Content Server 4 (ACS4). A new proprietary PubDesk interface, through which the publisher can access its inventory, run reports and modify its metadata, has been created and will launch shortly.

“We are so thrilled to be working with the prestigious publisher Macmillan directly since they represent many top-notch authors that our customers love to read – authors such as Lora Leigh, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lisa Kleypas, Robert Jordan, Orson Scott Card, Robert A. Heinlein and Jonathan Franzen, just to name a few.”

The Diesel eBook Store launched its new eBook retailing platform in December 2010 and is unique in the marketplace for their expanded categories and their ability to host customer created bundles. Their new site also boosts a suite of new features such as the “Deal of the Day”, social networking , video integration, access to over two million free eBooks via partnerships with Google and Smashwords and a new and improved search engine.

About the Diesel eBook Store
Launching in December 2004, Diesel-eBooks.com is one of the world’s largest independent eBook stores, offering over 2.4 million original eBook titles including hundreds of exclusive cyber bundles for deep discounts. Based in Richmond, Virginia, Diesel sells titles from hundreds of publishers including Harlequin, HarperCollins, John Wiley & Sons, Macmillan, McGraw-Hill, O’Reilly, Penguin, Random House, and Smashwords and in multiple formats including ePub, Microsoft Reader, Mobipocket, and Palm/eReader and PDF for all eBook devices and eReading hardware. Forty categories and 2,700 sub-categories mean customers find it faster at Diesel eBooks. http://www.diesel-ebooks.com

Thanks to Michael von Glahn for the heads up.

9Mar/110

Diesel eBooks and Macmillan form a new partnership

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The Diesel eBook store has been around since 2004 selling ebooks directly to the public. This was way before eBooks have became very trendy and before they had the great system to process orders they have today. In the past Diesel mainly just sold books through 3rd party type of system, no more. Today Diesel and Macmillan publishing signed a deal so Macmillan books will be directly for sale on the website now.

The Diesel website and Macmillan have been talking about this deal for awhile now and it was only with the advent of Adobe Content Server 4 to handle encryption and orders. Diesel also has developed a new proprietary interface for Macmillan called PubDesk. This is a GUI that Macmillan will access to access its inventory,  modify metadata and track analytics on downloads, purchases and views.

Diesels ebook store recently went under a tremendous face-lift in 2010 that introduced social elements, a better search engine and the ever popular ‘Deal of the Day.’  With the addition of video integration and new partnerships with Google and Smashwords, solidified the deal with Macmillan.

Diesel commented on the new deal earlier on today – “We are so thrilled to be working with the prestigious publisher Macmillan directly since they represent many top-notch authors that our customers love to read – authors such as Lora Leigh, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lisa Kleypas, Robert Jordan, Orson Scott Card, Robert A. Heinlein and Jonathan Franzen, just to name a few.”

via PRWEB

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11Jan/110

ProQuest and Dutch National Library Announce Book Digitization Partnership

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From A PQ Announcement:

ProQuest will digitize more than 30,000 rare early books from the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB), the National Library of the Netherlands, capturing every volume in high-resolution color scans. This is the third major European national library to participate in ProQuest’s Early European Books project after the Danish Royal Library, Copenhagen and the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze in Italy. As with the agreements in Denmark and Italy, the material will be free to access in the host country.

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ProQuest will scan the library’s holdings up to 1700, beginning with books printed in the Netherlands before moving onto works from other countries. The KB’s collection range from the nation’s earliest printed books, such as the Delft Bible of 1477 (the first book published in Dutch), through to the prodigious output of the printing house of Elzevir, founded in Leiden in 1583. The Elzevir family were at the forefront of European intellectual life in the seventeenth century, publishing current thinkers such as René Descartes (1596-1650) and Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) alongside important editions of Classical authors (Virgil, Terence, Pliny, Caesar), and a series of books by French authors on history and politics known as the Petites Républiques.

The 16th and 17th century collections reflect the history of the Netherlands in this period: the revolt against Catholic Hapsburg rule, the establishment of the Dutch republic and the emergence of the Netherlands as a naval power. There are early songbooks such as theGeuzenliedboek, in which the Dutch national anthem ‘Wilhelmus’ first appeared in 1581; 11,000 pamphlets featuring political broadsides, sermons and polemics; and works of travel, surveying and cartography, including handcoloured copies of Jan Huyghen van Linschoten’s account of an early voyage to Indonesia (1596) and Joan Blaeu’s Atlas Major (1662), and the Practijck des lantmetens (The Practice of Surveying) from the library of Prince Maurice of Nassau (1600). Major Dutch authors are also well represented, from the Golden Age dramatists P. C. Hooft (1581–1647) and Joost van Vondel (1587-1679) to humanists and philosophers such as Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536), Hugo Grotius (1583-1645) and Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677).

Through the Early European Books project, ProQuest is building an increasingly comprehensive survey of printing in Europe to 1700 by digitizing and bringing together the holdings of major rare book libraries. Scanning on-site at each library, the books are captured in vivid detail.

Early European Books Catalog Entry

Via Resource Shelf