AUCKLAND, 8 December 2008. The book, a cultural staple for centuries, is about to receive a digital makeover. The Digital Publishing Forum, formed by book publishers, authors and their copyright agency CLL, this week embarks on an ambitious programme to ensure that New Zealand is ready for the challenge.
“The shift in how we buy and consume books is going to have a major impact on New Zealand, both culturally and economically,” says Forum director Martin Taylor. Books rank as New Zealanders’ favourite cultural activity, according to the 2002 Cultural Experiences Survey. Buying books and going to the library are more than twice as popular as any other cultural activity, including buying music, visiting museums, or going to concerts or movies. Read more »