Parrésia Publishers Ltd’s partnership with London-based Digitalback Books was announced last week at the influential TedXEuston 2014 event. Digitalback Books is a virtual library venture dedicated to making literary works from Africa and the Diaspora widely available to readers. Other pioneering partners are the African Books Collective and Peepal Tree Press.
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In collaboration with Impelsys – a global leader in providing electronic content delivery solutions – Digitalback Books has brought its content to readers over multiple channels, including free apps for iPad and Android devices. Digitalback Books is built on the award-winning, SaaS-based Impelsys platform, iPublishCentral and offers a subscription model for readers to browse and read all of the available content online rather than having to purchase individual books outright.
“This launch is the culmination of a dream and a journey started many years ago.” said Gersy Ifeanyi Ejimofo, founder of Digitalback Books “We firmly believe that access to books reflecting one’s heritage and experience should not be considered a luxury. However, the distribution of physical books in Africa faces many obstacles; there are currently more smartphones in peoples’ hands than books. So our unique business model transforms each of these phones into a deliciously diverse collection of African works through an affordable subscription. We are glad to have found the right partners who saw our passion, understood our vision and have been able to support us with the right solution.”
About DigitalBack Books: http://www.digitalbackbooks.com sources literary works from across Africa and the Diaspora and makes them widely accessible as a digital library of 100’s of titles. Leveraging advances in technology and the explosion of mobiles devices on the continent, Digitalback Books seeks to plug some of the gaps that the region’s publishing industry faces in distribution.
Digitalback Books is available online and also available via apps for the iPad and Android devices.