Orpheus creates online encyclopedia for children

Orpheus creates online encyclopedia for children

UK publisher and book packager Orpheus Books has launched a free online encyclopedia for children aged 8-13.
 
Orpheus m.d. Nicholas Harris said he decided to create www.Q-files.com because he saw a gap in the market. “We realised there was a lack of resources like this on the internet. We’ve been specialising in children’s non-fiction and reference books for 20 years so we had all the information available.”
 
The site is free and does not feature adverts. While it does contain links to buy Orpheus’ e-books, the goal is not to make money, Harris said.
 
“We hope that by building awareness we will build a brand that people will recognize, and then we can publish more books,” he said. “We’re more of a packager in the UK but now we want to be a recognised publisher and get on the same level as more established brands.”
 
The encyclopedia was three years in the making and is divided into Science, History, Geography, Technology and the Arts. All of the information is verified by experts such as Chris Oxlade, a former editor at Usborne Publishing, and Philip Parker, the author of the DK Eyewitness Companion Guide to World History.
 
So far the site is UK-focused, covering all topics studied by school pupils at Key Stage 2 and 3, but Harris has plans to target countries worldwide, first English speaking markets such as India, Canada and Australia and then foreign language markets like France and Germany.
 
He also hopes to create an app that will allow children to download the encyclopedia and use it offline.