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Old 10-18-2007, 11:09 AM   #1
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Every novel on Man Booker Prize shortlist to be available free for online readers

This would surely be an interesting developement:

http://entertainment.timesonline.co....cle2681255.ece
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Old 10-18-2007, 11:16 AM   #2
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Interesting, but they give no clues where you might find the books on-line. There is no confirming news on the Man Booker site.
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Old 10-18-2007, 11:31 AM   #3
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If you read the article, it does say:

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Jonathan Taylor, chairman of The Booker Prize Foundation, said that the initiative was well advanced, although details were still being thrashed out.
which would seem to indicate that it hasn't actually happened yet.
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Old 10-18-2007, 01:11 PM   #4
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Yeah, well advanced. The first 90% is done. The last 90% still remains.

(Ok - maybe I'm being cynical, but...)
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Old 10-19-2007, 05:37 AM   #5
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Bad news I'm afraid. According to The Book Standard site

Booker shortlist 'will not be free'
18.10.07

The British Council has moved to clarify its position on electronic editions of Man Booker Prize shortlisted novels following a report in the Times this morning. The body said that while it is in negotiations with publishers to create an online collection of literature, this would be for sale rather than free.

A spokesperson for the British Council said: "It is true that the British Council is in negotiations with leading publishers to create an online collection of contemporary British literature including the Man Booker Prize winners in the form of e-books, which can be purchased."

They acknowledged that central to this "innovative approach" would be making sure that authors are remunerated for their work. A pilot scheme is planned for 2008 aimed at audiences in India, China and Africa.

The Times reported that organisers of the prize were currently "deep in negotiations" with publishers over digitising the books.


I thought it was unlikely that any writer could afford to pass up the opportunity to make
a decent amount of money from royalties for once in their lives. To say nothing of the publishers.

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Old 10-19-2007, 05:43 AM   #6
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I think actually that's a much better idea. Books that people want to read made available as low-cost eBooks are a much more viable commercial proposition than giving a few books away free as a "publicity stunt".
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Old 10-19-2007, 05:46 AM   #7
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Now here comes the $64,000 question... What format(s) will these books be in and will they have DRM all over them?

I am really hoping they stay away from PDF. But my guess is PDF will be used. And that is going to ruin this 100%.
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Old 10-19-2007, 08:51 AM   #8
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As usual the details will matter a lot (format, price...) but as a general idea it's great news.

I guess the criticism the ManBooker prize came upon this year (winner which almost nobody read - Nielsen figures showed about 3k hc and 400 pb sold, and most likely a lot of that were library sales) stung.
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Old 10-19-2007, 12:04 PM   #9
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And that is going to ruin this 100%.
Jon, you are quite pessimistic these days, aren't you?
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Old 10-19-2007, 12:21 PM   #10
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Jon, you are quite pessimistic these days, aren't you?
We know that the Sony 500/505, Cybook Gen3, iLiad won't handle DRM PDF. And I've been seeing a lot more PDF used for things like library ebooks. I really hope it's not PDF.
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Old 10-19-2007, 02:37 PM   #11
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A pilot scheme is planned for 2008 aimed at audiences in India, China and Africa.
So it won't be in .LRF format unless Sony changes their USA-only ways. I don't think selling books to these countries that are intended for expensive ebook readers makes any sense anyway. So I'm with Jon. Most likely PDF. But just maybe LIT.
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