New publishing group Cló Litriocht, which specialises in the creation of e-books, has announced the addition of the Irish translation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth to its e-book collection.
The new e-book, An Brón-Chluiche Macbeit, which is now available from Litriocht.com, was translated to Irish by S. Labhrás Ua Suilleabháin in 1925.
Cló Litriocht, part of the Bard na nGleann group, was set up in 2010 and provides digital archiving and publishing solutions. Its goal is to help authors and publishers convert their titles to digital format, either for archiving or to allow them distribute their titles as e-books.
Popular titles include Tomás Mac Siomóin’s An Tionscadal, Maidhc Dainin O’Shea’s Idir dhá Lios and Nicholas Williams’ Irish translation of Alice in Wonderland, all of which are available on Litriocht.com.
Most recently, Cló Litriocht published, in e-book format, a selection of Ballingeary Historical Society journals dating back to 1993. These journals provide insight into the local, historical and social activities of a small community in West Cork in any given year. Their availability as an e-book, on Localbooks.ie, provides the community, both at home and abroad, with rich literature about their locality.
Cló Liriocht was established by West Kerry native Tom Fitzgerald, MD of Bárd na nGleann Teoranta.
“Publishing companies like Cló Litriocht will help Irish-language authors reach their audience in a new and innovative format. This is a unique way for authors to become a best-seller at a fraction of the print publishing costs,” Fitzgerald said.
The Bárd na nGleann group is based in Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh, Co Cork, with a subsidiary, Bárd na nGleann International, in San Jose, California. The Bárd was ranked as the fifth fastest-growing technology company in Ireland in the Deloitte Fast 50 in 2005. Bárd was also named as the Cork SME Company of the Year 2004.
The e-book market in the US has grown significantly over the past number of years, with the sale of e-books on Amazon.com outselling paperbacks by three to one in 2010.