Book Business Q&A: Indiana University Press’ Kathryn Caras talks about INscribe, the electronic publishing platform the press launched this year to increase the spread of its scholarly content.
Extra: When do you expect your books to be available online?
Caras: We are in fact working on a major online book project. We are not, however, going to make it initially part of INscribe because of the expense of adding that big of a body of content. We started with some of our music books because we’re a big music publisher. IU’s school of music is so well known. We think musicians are savvy about this and will really be interested in titles online.
Extra: Is this being done in house?
Caras: Yes. We have all the PDF files and are having them marked up in XML right now.
Extra: Would your backlist of 1,800 titles be next up for you?
Caras: It would be a matter of finances. Going back and digitizing it, we’d have be able to project the sales for it to cover the expense.