HarperCollins has selected NewsStand as the exclusive developer of its global digital warehouse. NewsStand will begin digitising HarperCollins' frontlist and backlist immediately. The companies anticipate completing the digitisation of more than 10,000 titles by the end of June 2006.
HarperCollins said the creation of the warehouse would allow it to satisfy current market demands, while also maintaining control of its digital files and intellectual property and protecting the rights of its authors. HC hopes to eventually monetise the digital content.
The move is NewsStand's first venture into the book publishing sector, although it already distributes and markets more than 200 daily newspapers and magazine titles in more than 120 countries.
President and c.e.o. of HarperCollins Worldwide Jane Friedman said: "NewsStand's existing platform for digitisation, hosting and distribution of leading newspapers and magazines around the world makes them a natural partner to get this project up and running quickly. We look forward to working with them to digitise our books and build our digital warehouse."
Kit Webster, NewsStand's president and c.e.o., added: "Digital warehousing on this scale--with this flexibility--is a significant leap forward in the information industry. Our company's experience in managing digital information including content rights control, electronic publication enabled websites and internet distribution has made this large project possible, both in terms of processing and timelines."
From The Bookseller