Singapore leading Telco SingTel is offering and selling ebook with the launch of Skoob, Singapore’s first e-books retailer .
|Singtel Skoob ebookstore|
Being a ebook reseller does not mean that Skoob is a Publisher as mentioned by some major newspaper in Singapore
It was reported that the service has launched with more than 39.000 books from six major publishers, namely Simon and Schuster , Random house , Penguin , HarperCollins , Hachette Book Group and Macmillan with books available for android and iOS edition . That aside , SKoob will also be offering revision guides for primary –level maths and secondary-level English, chemistry and physics and maybe hopefully they will consider to provide Print of Demand service and Singapore Post One day in the future
|Picture by Asiaone on Skoob|
Presently , their range of books also include local published books from some leading Singapore Publishers like Popular , Marshall Cavendish, Cengage Learning, , Asiapac, Flame of the Forest, McGraw Hill, Sunbear, Monsoon, SAP and janus Education.
|Picture taken from Bookfest@singapore|
This show some contribution back to Singapore society as it will at least encourage readers to have easy access to Local authors or Singapore published books . After visiting BookFest@Singapore,we noticed there were lack of books written by Singapore Authors ,and I feel local works will need our a better platform like Skoob to help local authors showcase Singaporean's works to the World .
Presently in Asean region , we have seen Malaysia Universities , Thailand and even Indonesia venture into Print on Demand service , where the publisher encourage Local Authors to Publish their books .
One such Publishing company in Indonesia is Nulisbuku ,who believe to create a dream for all people to product their work in a Free and Easy way . Nulisbuku.com also provides an online bookstore that is used as a platform for sharing new author’s work ( book ) .
As mentioned in their website ; “Our Dream is to make all people ; be it that their occupation be a chef, a blogger , a teacher , student ,photographers , professors , everyone ( including you! ) Could be a Writer and publishes Your Book Dream .
|ebook from ehongkong|
We have seen Singapore encouraging young writers to participate through the Singapore Writer festival but the theme behind the whole program is too commercialise ,and the main keynote to such program without a Print of demand facility by a Non governmental Organisation is quite meaningless .
We only see authors with good media publicity being enrolled for such program .With Singapore high intellectual , basically a simple Governmental support to a NGO to promote writing through the National Library board of Singapore could easily implement ;
“”Print on Demand service for all Singapore Potential Writer “
Where the Government of Singapore can easily install the most efficient Print on Demand machine in one of their agencies to encourage all potential writers to submit their manuscript for publishing . So far , Singapore Book council has run some course of self publishing with engaging some speaker from Australia ,but without the machine , it is just a FAR stone’s throw away .
Such investment, which is a low cost to Singapore Governmental agencies , will bring forth Singaporean Young and Old , to take up some of the interest and venture into writing as hobby or even as a career and courses of self publishing can be frequently organized at different venues throughout Singapore could boost and enhanced additional Added value to future organizing of the Singapore Writer Festival