Maxis Berhad is collaborating with local digital platform, Xentral Methods Sdn Bhd (e-Sentral) to organise an ebook writing competition. The competition aims to discover Malaysia’s next generation of writers and is open to all Malaysians aged 18 and above. Writers may submit their short fiction ebooks either in English or Bahasa Malaysia from 1 February to 15 March 2013 (one author per submission) to the official Ebook Competition Facebook page.
All submissions will be available on Maxis’ ebook service and e-Sentral for preview and download from 22 March. The authors of the five most downloaded ebooks will then be selected as the winners, and will receive an iPad each. In addition to this, the author of the most downloaded book will receive a Professional Editorial and Publishing Consultation on how to publish and commercialise their work on digital platforms.
Last year, Maxis launched its digital book service, or ebooks, which can be used across iOS and Android devices. With the service, Maxis customers have access to a selection of over 300,000 international and local ebooks from over 40 categories. Maxis ebooks features a user-friendly interface and runs on a cloud-based digital bookstore, where customers can download books for free onto their iPads or Android tablets.
As part of this service, Maxis is also looking to nurture the growth of local books and content by partnering with local publishers, authors and educational institutions to grow the amount of local content in its digital library. To date, Maxis has already partnered with Cempaka Schools to eventually distribute learning content comprising publications and reference materials by its teachers through Maxis ebooks, enabling students to digitally access such content.
Please visit this page for further details on the competition.