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Jamaican firm lands deal with HarperCollins

Monday, October 22, 2018

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Local eBook platform, BookFusion Limited, has announced a collaboration with HarperCollins Publishing to offer the complete Caribbean catalogue of HarperCollins' books on its platform.

Under the deal, BookFusion and HarperCollins will be working together throughout the Caribbean to provide cost-effective digital solutions to schools, institutions and government ministries with the aim of providing seamless and secure digital access to HarperCollins' titles.

“It is increasingly important that book users have a choice about how they read content, and many schools are concerned about the weight of books in student bags, so we are very pleased that users now have the choice to access the Collins titles they know and rely on in ebook format,” said Dr Elaine Higgleton, international publisher at HarperCollins.

BookFusion is an open and global eBook platform that provides data, tools, products, and application programming interfaces for publishers, authors, readers, and third-party developers to create their own applications and services.

Its platform is being used by schools and institutions to facilitate the controlled lending of eBooks of various formats, including all popular formats (pdf, epub, doc, etc), audio-books, eBooks with audio & video embedded, interactive eBooks, journals and periodicals to approved users. Its books are in a variety of categories which include: Doctor Bird Reading Series; The Blue Mahoe Series; Early Childhood; and Literacy 1-2-3.

BookFusion is run by the Jamaican husband-and-wife team of Dwayne and Kellye-Rae Campbell, who met while attending Manchester High School. Dwayne handles the technical and business sides of the operation, while Kellye-Rae, a lawyer, is the company's COO and legal counsel.

HarperCollins Publishers, meanwhile, is the second-largest consumer book publisher in the world. Headquartered in New York, the company has publishing operations in 18 countries.

With two hundred years of history and more than 120 branded imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year in 17 languages, and has a print and digital catalogue of more than 200,000 titles. Writing across dozens of genres, HarperCollins authors include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals, and the Man Booker Prize.

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