This morning Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales, launched the new Welsh Books App – a project set up using YUDU technology, to increase the digital provision of books from Wales.
The Welsh Books Council are at the heart of the project. It will help Welsh publishers of all sizes to promote and deliver digital versions of their books to readers with iOS (and shortly Android) devices.
Four publishers have been involved in the initial pilot – Atebol, CAA/Centre for Educational Studies, Graffeg and Y Lolfa. Using YUDU’s simple upload facility, other Welsh publishers will be given an opportunity to join the scheme, with readers downloading the App free of charge, then paying for individual titles.
John Griffiths, the Welsh Minister for Culture and Sport said: “It’s vital that we use new technology to promote Welsh books, in both languages, in order to attract new readers in particular children and young adults.
“The launch of this App, which has been developed with support from the Welsh Government through the Welsh Book Council, is an important and welcome contribution in the process of increasing the provision of Welsh digital books.”