We live in a world where hundreds of thousands of books are published each year (over half a million are self-published in digital format only). We live in a world where millions of books are available in mass quantities to some and in limited quantities to others. We live in a world where a staggering amount of information (for education as well as entertainment) is produced and consumed every day.
We also live in a world where a single written word can be visible to anyone with access to the Internet. Yet it’s not. We live in a world where everyone could have access to the Internet (and the written word in digital format), yet everyone does not. And in this world, over 90 percent of the population is not college educated.
For years, publishing and other book professionals around the globe have been resistant to unleash the full potential (and true value) of the digital medium (including ebooks and all electronic resources serving to deliver content for education and entertainment purposes), which is, among other things: to transform the world from one where education and literacy (in all its incarnations) is limited to those in the right place at the right time to one where knowledge flows to all who want it, regardless of their status and location.
While publishers’ and content producers’ insistence on preserving the integrity of those who create content professionally and passionately is justified, their insistence that one format (digital) is competing with the other (print) is not.
The mission of NSR is to educate, enlighten, and, most important, inspire those who are in one way or another involved with ebooks and digital content so that the book and library industry around the world can do its part to help spread literacy — the only effective weapon in our collective fight against misinformation, poverty and extremism of any kind.
NSR is particularly interested in stories and projects that help us all benefit from the actions of those charting new territories, raising the bar higher, and holding everyone accountable in the process: writers, editors, readers, content producers, distributors, librarians, publishers, and technology companies.
This is a portal where everything related to the present and the future of the book and the written word in digital format is open to discussion. All are welcome to participate and contribute opinions that challenge us to get a step closer to making the world a place where access to education and knowledge is a right, not a privilege, of every individual.
The door to that future is wide open.—MR