Play publisher goes electronic

DPS scripts to sell via Scene Partner app

Legit publishing house Dramatists Play Service is moving into the e-books marketplace via a partnership with mobile app developer MyTheaterApps.com.

Electronic versions of DPS scripts will be available through Scene Partner, an Apple-based app from MyTheaterApps, with an initial batch of titles to be released early next eyar.

DPS becomes the second major script publisher to venture into electronic publishing following the recent launch by Samuel French of its own e-sales initiative, kicking off through the iBooks platform and planned to eventually incorporate others including Kindle and Nook.

DPS scripts will be priced at around $10 each when bought through Scene Partner. App’s text-to-speech capabilities, used to help actors memorize lines, will be compatible with those DPS e-scripts.

Along with the new e-sales push, DPS activities including the company’s longstanding business printing hard-copy acting editions, as well as handling the leasing rights to the works for both pro and non-pro troupes.

Worldwide agreement between DPS and MyTheaterApps was negotiated by attorney Bill Fitzgerald. Exact titles to be made available via Scene Partner remain to be announced.

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