Canada is poised to unveil a book of books, and it’s designed to provide access to everything the public has ever wanted to read, a project that will be funded by a new public-private partnership between the federal government and Canadian-owned book publishers.
The initiative, called the Book of Books, is designed to be a full digital library, which will be available to anyone in Canada who wants it, said Carolyn McPherson, director of the Canada Book Foundation.
“We are calling it the Book Of Books,” she said.
“And we’re hoping it will be a complete library.”
The new book will feature titles from all of Canada’s major book publishers, including HarperCollins, Simon and Schuster, Macmillan and Penguin.
But, for now, the initiative is being run by a private company called Crown Publishing.
McPheson said it will cost between $5 million and $7 million to make the book, with an expected launch date of next year.
The project will be completed in six months, she said, but the government wants to see it through by the end of 2019.
It will be part of a broader public-funded project that includes a library, museums and a public-health clinic.
The public will be able to purchase the books for free through the Crown Publishing website, McPhenson said.
The books will be offered through an app called BiblioBiblio, a Canadian-made version of Amazon’s Kindle app that is already available in Canada.
Biblios will also have a subscription model, with readers paying to download books and access online content.
There will also be a website, the Crown Library, that will have all of the titles available to the public.
“They will have a catalogue, a catalogue of the contents, a catalog of the content,” McPheed said.
There are about 10,000 titles currently in the Canadian public library system, according to the Canada Library Association.
“There’s a lot of books in the public library.
We just need to be able … to access them, if we want to read them,” McLeod said.
That’s not going to be easy.
Some publishers have already been criticized for limiting access to books, with a recent survey finding that just 6 per cent of Canadian adults have access to the majority of books.
“A lot of the books that we’re reading, it’s hard to imagine that it’s going to happen,” said McPhee.
“If it’s really a public library, and you can go to a book store, and get a good book, I can imagine it happening.
But we don’t have the funding to do that.”
The Harper government is working to expand access to libraries in other parts of the country.
Its new library is part of its strategy to become a “digital economy” that will “help businesses and individuals become more efficient,” the government said in a statement announcing the initiative.
The goal is to “support libraries by enabling them to more effectively manage digital collections.”
That includes making it easier for people to access books online.
For example, the library will offer the ability to search books in a library’s database, McLeod added.
The book of literature will be delivered through an online portal that will let users access it online and store it in a central place.
McLeod says the book of poetry will be given away to a new class of young Canadians, and “the Canadian Library Association will help guide and support them in creating their own personalized online library for their own needs.”