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E-books at The Policy Press

EbookAs we all know, book publishing is changing fast. Though we won’t deny that we’re attached to the comfort and nostalgia of the printed book, Policy Press is keeping up with the times.

While we have been selling our e-content since 2008, the last few years have seen a huge increase in demand for e-books and massive developments in the technology to read them, and we are developing our e-products to match. Getting the information out there is at the heart of the Policy Press philosophy so we want to make it available in the format our customers want it, whether that be print or digital.

It’s not just publishers who have to get used to these new formats… it’s a new area for our customers too. You may be asking: “Why do I have to pay so much for a digital file? Policy Press doesn’t even have to pay for printing/storage/shipping!” The answer is all in the content.

The work that goes in to the quality of the content and the design remains the same, and this represents most of the cost in terms of the publishing process. If you’d like to find out more, Channel View Publications have published an interesting blog piece about this, Why aren’t e-books free.

Given the above, we’re pleased to say that we currently have a special price of £6.99 on the e-book version of some of our key titles, including Democracy under attack, Injustice and Hidden Stories of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry. Find out more here.

Digital publishing also gives us the opportunity to offer content in ways impossible in print, such as Policy Press Bytes. This new format allows you to purchase excerpts from books at the competitive price of £1.99. Currently we have three Bytes for Danny Dorling’s Unequal health available, each giving a flavour of three major themes: public health, social medicine and inequality.

We have e-books available in a variety of formats. For individuals, titles are available for download to your e-reader via a range of retailers, including Nook, Kobo, and Kindle. Search for a book on their websites to see if it’s available – the list of Policy Press titles from these sellers is growing all the time.

Our monographs are available as EPDFs through the recently launched Policy Press Scholarship Online (in partnership with Oxford University Press), which features over 300 digital titles across sociology, social work and public health and epidemiology. EPDFs are also available for libraries from,,, and

We will soon be offering digital review and inspection copies for lecturers to give instant access to books you might be interested in including on reading lists, and to journals for reviewing. There will be more information on this coming soon.

And so, to the future… Wikipedia’s article on electronic publishing (a useful read) says “electronic publishers are able to provide quick gratification for late-night readers”. We can’t promise that (!), but we will be increasing the number of our titles available as e-books, producing more Policy Press Bytes, and adapting our content to make it as accessible, useful and affordable as we possibly can. We’re really excited about the products we have coming up and the possibilities e-publishing gives us. Keep an eye on our website for developments.

What would you like from us in terms of e-books? Let us know.

A device to encourage reading?

Picture of Kindle and booksFor this techno-phobe in her 50s (although I am now the proud and obsessed owner of a smart phone) the introduction of electronic book readers seemed like just another new piece of gadgetry that I am not interested in or don’t understand! Also, for traditional book readers amongst us, why would you possibly want to read your favourite novel or latest research piece on a small screen, rather than have the bound paper copy in your hands?

However, as with all new technologies, there are millions of people that are interested in the latest gadgets, and e-readers are one of them. Huge interest has been generated in these new devices, especially the Kindle, sold through Amazon. The company released its next generation Kindle 3G in May in the US and has announced it is now selling more Kindle books than paperbacks and hardbacks combined in the US, and its UK business is shifting twice as many e-books as hardbacks!

As publishers, this is an area that cannot be ignored and The Policy Press has just launched its first titles on the Kindle through the site.

I am yet to be convinced to buy one of the devices, but have you? What do you read on it? Would you use it for teaching or research?

After a survey published earlier this week quoted that “three in 10 children (aged 8 – 17) live in households that do not contain a single book” I hope that this technology will encourage the love of reading in the younger generations. I will certainly be an e-reader fan then!

Ann Moore, Sales and Distribution Manager, The Policy Press

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