ACU Press offers increased flexibility through eBook optionPosted October 09, 2012
As readers increasingly move away from paper books and toward the use of new tablet devices, Abilene Christian University Press is working to provide customers with titles in their preferred medium. ACU Press now offers over 150 titles in eBook form, which include searchable text and embedded media options, as well as portability and cost efficiency.
eBooks are the fastest growing segment of book sales, making this a tremendous opportunity for ACU Press. Sales increased an impressive 177% in 2011 and have continued to rise this year. One in 10 Americans owns an eReader, with 12% of Americans planning to buy one in the next six months.
All ACU Press eBooks are available on Apple’s iBookstore, and more than 75 are also available at the Amazon Kindle store. ACU Press is currently working to digitize all publications and offer their entire library as eBooks through these stores, as well as by way of Barnes & Noble's Nook store. ACU Press has contracts with eBrary, EBSCO, Chegg, and Follett for eBook sales. These companies are eBook aggregators selling to college and university libraries.
Coming up this fall: a digital edition of The Transforming Word One-Volume Commentary on the Bible, featuring Dr. Mark Hamilton, Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Theology, general editor. The eBook version of the commentary will feature video clips and numerous photos.