[bksvol-discuss] Re: Simon & Schuster

  • From: Carrie Karnos <ckarnos@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2010 20:41:53 -0800 (PST)

Our digital content person can accept books in almost any digital format, and 
convert them to DAISY and BRF. Still haven't a really reliable PDF to RTF 
converter, most of them drop about a character a page, but they are slowly 
getting better.

From: Robert Riddle <captinlogic@xxxxxxxxx>
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Thu, January 21, 2010 4:25:02 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Simon & Schuster

Bookshare supports epub? That's news to 
----- Original Message ----- 
>From: Carrie Karnos 
>To: Bookshare Vol Group 
>Sent: Thursday, January 21, 2010 6:12 
>  PM
>Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Simon & 
>  Schuster
>Hi gang,
>Good news from our Publisher Liaison! I received this 
>  from her today:
>Simon & Schuster has signed our agreement, granting 
>  us world rights.  They have 5,200 titles in EPUB format which they will 
>  be uploading shortly with an additional 800 backlist files in 
>  conversion.  We expect to receive 100 titles a month ongoing.  
>S&S, founded in 1924, is 
> a division of CBS 
>  Corporation and is one of the four largest English-language 
>  publishers, alongside Random 
>  House, Penguin, and HarperCollins.  It 
>  publishes over 2,000 titles annually under 35 different imprints, including 
> Pocket Books, Scribner, Free Press, Atria, 
>  Fireside, Touchstone, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Little Simon, Simon 
>  Spotlight, and Simon Spotlight Entertainment.
>S&S has won 54 Pulitzer 
>  Prizes and been the recipient of numerous National Book Awards, National 
> Book 
>  Critics Circle Awards, Grammy Awards, and Newbery and Caldecott Medals. The 
>  New York Times Book Review's "10 Best Books of 2009" list included Half 
> Broke 
>  Horses by Jeannette 
>  Walls; A Short 
>  History of Women by Kate 
>  Walbert; and Raymond 
>  Carver by Carol 
>  Sklenicka.  S&S authors include Stephen King, Mary Higgins 
>  Clark, Bob Woodward, David McCullough, Jackie Collins, Hillary Clinton, and 
>  Michael Moore.  They publish 27 dramatic works, including The Miracle 
>  Worker by William Gibson.
>Simon and Schuster.net offers 
>  resources for K-12 and higher ed educators and librarians such as classroom 
>  activities, reading and curriculum guides, reading lists by state of 
>  award-winning titles, and suggested titles for course adoption. They publish 
>  the Folger Shakespeare Library with full explanatory notes, The Ernest 
>  Hemingway Library, and the Scott Fitzgerald Library. The “Enriched Classics 
>  Books” series consists of annotated editions of over 80 classic works of 
>  literature and nonfiction.
>S&S has 1500 employees and distributes its titles in 
>  more than 100 countries and territories around the world.  It has 
>  publishing and distribution capabilities in the United States, Canada, the 
>  United Kingdom and Australia, as well as an international sales presence in 
>  every major market.---
>Carrie again. The answer to your first question 
>  is no, we don't know when they will be sending us the books. And no, we 
> don't 
>  know which books they will send us. Believe me, if we knew, we'd tell you! 
>So now HarperCollins, Random House, and Simon&Schuster are giving 
>  us their books in digital format free. Wahoo! Usually the books that 
>  publishing houses digitize first are their most recent books, and then they 
>  work backwards in time. No idea if they will digitize ALL of the books that 
>  they have ever published, or if they will stop at some point. So should you 
>  scan a book from one of these publishers? If it's an old book, sure, you 
> bet, 
>  please scan it. If it's a more recent book, I dunno. Please be warned that 
> the 
>  more recent the book, the greater the likelihood that we will be getting the 
>  book from the publisher. No idea WHEN the book will appear, but chances are 
>  high that it will be soon.
>I am especially excited to put the play, The 
>  Miracle Worker, into the collection. I have had a LOT of requests for it. 
> And 
>  it's certainly appropriate for Bookshare!
>Hope everyone is having a 
>  wonderful day! Carrie


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