SAS Publishing has been offering eBooks through partners like Amazon, Apple, and Google, for a number of years. Our content is also available through subscription-based companies like Books 24x7, Safari, and EBSCO.
We have learned that taking content developed for hardcopy and turning it into an ebook is not a simple process. There is no “easy” button to turn content directly into a book designed for a digital reader. Because each reader has a different size and different features, technical publishing specialists must tweak the content for each device and for each reseller. It won’t scale. But, scale we must, because SAS users are demanding ebooks faster than we can produce them!
To meet demand, and to pave the future for our publishing business, we have embarked on a huge project to automate the production of eBooks. This will allow all our books to be available as hardcopy and for all digital readers at the same time. We will be able to publish more SAS Press books every year and you will be able to get the format of your choice immediately!
We are excited about this project for many reasons. We want to get our content out there quickly. But we are also looking forward to partnering with more of you to publish with us. I hope you will be one of them!