Sydney, Australia, March 12, 2010—Digital publishing innovator ReadHowYouWant has begun partnering with Thomas Nelson and Zondervan—the two biggest Christian book publishers—to create accessible formats of the publishers’ select titles, including bestsellers. In addition, ReadHowYouWant is simultaneously launching an accessible editions Christian books website at www.readhowyouwant.com/christian to market the accessible editions of all of its Christian publisher partners.
ReadHowYouWant’s award-winning conversion technology will repurpose Zondervan’s select titles into high-quality alternative formats, including 16 to 24 point EasyRead® large print POD and braille files, and into braille and DAISY digital files of Thomas Nelson’s select titles. The new editions will be available at www.readhowyouwant.com/christian as well as through various online channels, and should be a welcome response to the growing demand from the disability community for accessible format books.
ReadHowYouWant’s accessible editions Christian books website features the large print and accessible editions of titles from all of its Christian publisher partners, including Thomas Nelson, Zondervan, Intervarsity Press, Bridge-Logos, Standard Publishing, Crossway, and Destiny Image publishers. Visitors to the site can browse Christian titles by publisher, author, title, or subject, as well as view current bestsellers, and check out different formats to determine the format that is best for them.
“ReadHowYouWant is honored to begin partnering with Thomas Nelson and Zondervan, as well as all of the Christian book publishers, to bring new formats of their outstanding Christian books to new readers. We look forward to a long and beneficial relationship publishing and marketing their books in accessible formats,” said ReadHowYouWant’s founder Christopher Stephen.
About Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Thomas Nelson, Inc. is a leading provider of Bibles, products, and live events emphasizing Christian, inspirational and family value themes. For more information on the company and titles, visit http://www.thomasnelson.com.
Zondervan, a HarperCollins company, is a world leader in Christian communications and the leading Christian publishing brand. For more than 75 years, Zondervan has delivered transformational Christian experiences through general and academic resources by influential leaders and emerging voices, and been honored with more Christian Book Awards than any other publisher. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., with offices in Chicago, Seattle and Miami, Zondervan conducts events and publishes its bestselling Bibles, books, audio, video, curriculum, software, and digital products through its Zondervan, eZondervan, Zonderkidz, Editorial Vida brands. Zondervan resources are sold worldwide through retail stores, online, and by Zondervan ChurchSource, and are translated into nearly 200 languages in more than 60 countries. Visit Zondervan on the Internet at www.zondervan.com (mobile site: zvan.mobi).
ReadHowYouWant Pty Ltd and its R&D parent company, Accessible Publishing Systems Pty Ltd are both Sydney, Australia-based privately held companies founded in 2004 by electronic publishing pioneers Christopher Stephen and Greg Duncan. When Chris’s sister, who suffers from MS, developed difficulty reading, they began experimenting to determine whether people with reading difficulties could benefit from changing the text format.
After more than four years of testing, ReadHowYouWant has successfully developed award-winning conversion technology that reformats existing books into the widest selection of on-demand, alternative format editions on the market today. Each edition has been optimized for maximum readability. The company’s goals are to make reading easier and more enjoyable by delivering formats that suit the reader and to give people with reading difficulties access to books in the formats of their choice—at an affordable price, and as soon as the book is published. For more information visit www.readhowyouwant.com.