A core service of Digital Publishing New Zealand is the digital warehouse system. This system (provided by IGP under license – SaaS – software as a service) encompasses digital asset management and digital asset distribution services. Rights holders ebooks, with associated cover images and metadata, are stored in the digital warehouse and distributed to online retailers who have agreements with DPNZ.
Ebook Conversion Services
A collective agreement has been reached with Kobo for rights holders who have agreements with DPNZ to have their titles sold through this company. A favourable profit share, above Kobo’s usual terms, has been agreed. Negotiations with another online retailer who is new to ebooks are underway.
Print on Demand
Digital Publishing New Zealand is working towards a print on demand (POD) solution for New Zealand publishers and authors. The POD service will allow content to be delivered through a secure electronic channel directly to print shops. This will enable custom print runs to be distributed through a worldwide network of printers as and when required.
Payments for the sales of rights holders’ titles will be made by Digital Publishing New Zealand. DPNZ will receive bulk payments from the retailers with whom DPNZ has retail agreements and collate these into individual sales reports for each rights holder.