From the official release:
Dorchester Publishing to Deliver Entire Frontlist and Selected Backlist in eBook and Digital Formats
Technology from LibreDigital to Help Dorchester Expand Distribution
NEW YORK – LibreDigital, Inc., today announced that Dorchester Publishing will use the LibreDigital’s ePublishing Solutions to extend its book selling to new digital channels, including eBooks, the web and a variety of digital eReaders – all while protecting copyrights. The move will give millions of readers new ways to access Dorchester’s extensive book catalog which includes titles from New York Times best-selling authors Christine Feehan, Nina Bangs, Angie Fox, Marjorie M. Liu and C.L. Wilson, as well as legendary classics from authors Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour.
“Our business is built on a tradition of giving readers the highest quality books at the best value,” said John C. Prebich, President and CEO of Dorchester Publishing. “Working with LibreDigital, we can provide millions of loyal readers with new digital delivery options so they can access their favorite titles on eReaders, mobile phones or computers while protecting the value accrued by our brand.”
Read more of the official statement.
What this means for readers and writers:
*LibreDigital is currently converting our entire 2008 and 2009 frontlist, which is expected to made available in multiple DRM formats in early April. By the summer, we plan to have consecutive ebook/print releases for all new titles.
*Many 2008 titles are already available for the Kindle and Sony Reader. Currently their digital conversion is running about a month behind the print releases, but we expect that will also be caught up by the summer.
*In addition to providing ebooks, Libre Digital is also making it possible to Browse the Book, a program similar to Amazon and B&N’s search inside the book. Widgets will be available for authors, bloggers, and other online media to incorporate into their websites. At this point, it is still being determined how much of the book will be searchable.
*Titles released before 2008 will be converted on a case-by-case basis, depending on demand and current publishing situation.
*LibreDigital currently works with HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, Harlequin, and Overdrive, among others.