Our friends at Readings and SPUNC have together launched an ebookshop filled with titles from independent publishing houses including Black Inc., Text Publishing, Scribe Publications, Wakefield Press and many more. The ebooks purchased from the site can be read on any device with a browser, including iPads, iPhones, Android phones, recent model Blackberries, Macs and/or PCs.
The ebooks available from the shop are a little different to the downloadable books available for the Amazon Kindle, for example. From the ebookshop: ‘In Booki.sh, an ebook is a web link – we believe books are part of the web, in much the same way as a YouTube video is part of the web. It’s always there when you want it, but you don’t “download” anything.’
It’s a fantastic opportunity for smaller publishers, for whom it’s not always easy ‘to keep up with new technologies and trends in sales and marketing’, says SPUNC General Manager Zoe Dattner. Titles from larger publishers will soon be available from the shop as well.
Readings have made a sample ebook available, the latest Quarterly Essay, by George Megalogenis.