Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Pope's Encyclical Launches Publisher's Expansion in Electronic and Audio Books

Contact: Christine Valentine-Owsik, Valentine Communications, For: Ignatius Press, 215-230-8095, valencom@aol.com

SAN FRANCISCO, July 7 /Christian Newswire/ -- Ignatius Press, the primary English-language publisher of the works of Pope Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger), is now publishing its titles in three formats -- print, electronic, and audio -- beginning with today's release of Pope Benedict's new encyclical, Charity in Truth, on the world economy.

"As we release Charity in Truth -- obviously a very important document, given the far-reaching economic crisis -- we want it to be as widely accessible as possible," said Jesuit Father Joseph Fessio, Editor and Founder of Ignatius Press, and former student of Joseph Ratzinger.
Releasing the encyclical in three formats is part of Ignatius Press' expansion of its work into electronic and audio publishing.

"It's important that people have as many options as possible to read or hear it. Because we believe the other writings we publish are also important, we want to make them available in all three formats, too. So it makes sense that we would launch the new program with the publication of Benedict’s new encyclical and rapidly expand the program as we can," Father Fessio noted.

Ignatius Press remains committed to the traditional print book--its publications use high-quality paper and first-rate bindings, as well as beautiful covers. Nevertheless, as preferences of book readers diversify, the San Francisco-based publisher is diversifying its offerings to include electronic and audio editions. As new books are published, Ignatius Press plans to make them available in the three major formats.


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