Deseret Book Company announced today that it has released its 1,000th title for the Kindle e-book platform with the most recent offering of the book To the Rescue: The Biography of Thomas S. Monson. The Salt Lake City-based company, which made its national and international reputation as a publisher and retailer of LDS and values-based products, started releasing titles on Kindle in late 2009.
“Although many readers still prefer the feel of a printed page under their fingers, e-reading is certainly on the rise,” said Sheri Dew, president and CEO of Deseret Book. “We began the process more than a year ago of converting our books to the Kindle format, starting with our classic gospel books and other popular titles. It seems fitting to have the biography of the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a modern-day prophet be honored as the 1,000th title.”
Deseret Book e-titles on Kindle cover everything from inspiration to gospel study to fiction to youth and children’s. Some of the classic titles include Jesus the Christ, Lectures on Faith, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, and Discourses of Brigham Young, as well as more contemporary favorites such as The Peacegiver, Approaching Zion, Inspiring Experiences That Build Faith, and Believing Christ. Popular fiction e-books include The Work and the Glory series and the Fablehaven series.
In addition to offering titles on Kindle, Deseret Book also announces that it will soon release its own free reader app. Known as Deseret Bookshelf, and expected in December 2010 (see DeseretBookshelf.com for more information), the app will offer the world’s best selection of LDS e-books including Deseret Book-published titles and e-books from other free sources. Customers will be able to create a personal e-book library, read and mark their e-books, and search their library for key words. Deseret Bookshelf will initially be offered on the iOS platform (iPad, iPhone, and iTouch), with future plans for expansion to the Android platform in early 2011.
“We anticipate we’ll have more than 2,000 titles available by the time we release the app,” said Matt McBride, e-pub product director for Deseret Book, “with literally hundreds more coming monthly.”
“This is a remarkable era for publishers,” noted Dew, “when content can be made readily available in whatever format suits your personal tastes. We now have the capacity to publish books that can literally be accessed anywhere in the world in a matter of moments.”
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