Posted on May 23, 2013 in Archive

The Australian publisher embracing digital first


It’s always thrilling to discover a new Australian publisher who is taking a positive and proactive approach to the benefits afforded by digital publishing. Editia, a Canberra-based start-up, is one such example.

Founded by journalist and digital blogger, Charlotte Harper, Editia is a digital-first company with a focus on longform journalism and non-fiction shorts.

The titles in the Editia catalogue range from extended magazine or news articles, business research reports, or brand new works.

What all of the publications have in common is that they are usually between 10,000 and 35,000 words long.

This growing trend towards longform digital journalism is positive and rewarding.

It provides journalists with an opportunity to write articles that are as long as they need to be to tell the story properly, rather than just fill allocated spaces. And this in turn can stimulate debate, and raise the level of public understanding.

Editia hopes to publish between six to eight titles by the end of the year.

Although Editia is based in Australia, all digital book publications will be available internationally, and DRM-free.

The company has a high-speed production schedule, which means that stories and articles can be produced and edited quickly and efficiently, which is in line with the expectations of digital readers.

In the Liquid State office, we’re all excited about Editia’s potential! It’s an example of a groundbreaking Australian publisher wholeheartedly embracing the unique advantages of digital technologies, rather than just jumping on the bandwagon.

I can’t wait to see more digital start-ups like this one emerging in Australia in the near future. To read more about Editia, check out their blog or follow them on Twitter.