You can get an intern to scan the files to pdf, then convert with a basic program. Could crank out a book a day, no prob.
Then over time, can replace the bare-bones files with higher-quality edited pure text versions.
It's not that hard.
Which is why I wonder if there are dumb authors who just hate big finish or something and won't sign off.
My understanding was that over the years most if not all of the books have been scanned, ocr'ed and proofread unofficially by people who had bought copies. Big Finish very rightly do not allow people to illegally distribute electronic copies of their works, but if my understanding is correct the electronic copies themselves have already been created. Big Finish would just need to clean up the formatting, and give them one final proof read.
In all likelihood, when the books where initially commissioned there was nothing in the contract allowing for digital copies - particularly the for the early ones as ebooks weren't a thing then.
It would be nice if BF could obtain digital rights for the out of print books. Barring that, a new printing of them as I am sure many of us would happily buy them to fill our collections. Of course I would also love to see the Doctor Who Short Trips series go through a reprint so I could fill those holes without having to sell a kidney to pay for used copies.
Drinking the world's coffee supply one cup at a time.
It's an important discussion to have. Maybe someone from bf sees it and decides to chime in. Maybe it inspires someone to ask at a bf day panel.
I concur with with randomjc. Apart from a small number of people, the people behind Big Finish haven't even acknowledged a forum since the last one was unceremoniously closed, let alone this one. laughingdevil, your best bet is to send your idea to the inquiries e-mail because that's the best way for anything to be done about it. Any discussion here will very likely not amount to any action on the topic. It's entirely possible steps, be they similar or dissimilar to the ones you've outlined, are being taken already and simply haven't been announced. Nick Briggs did mention there was a whiff around the subject of the Benny books, which is at least a step up from his usual response ("We'll see" or "There aren't any plans").
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Post by anothermanicmondas on Jan 16, 2016 23:32:26 GMT
following on from my earlier remarks I will clarify that the audio "Death and the Daleks" begins with a previously on Bernice Summerfield section where they have soundbites from the stories in "Life During Wartime" to summarise the storyline so far....
"Perhaps I should tell him I've been possessed by dozens of aliens and it's never done me any harm"
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