Ebooks are grabbing an increasing share of the publishing market. The New York Times reports that the publisher of Jean Auel's New book - the sixth in the Clan of the Cave Bear series - `The Land of the Painted Caves,' has slimmed down the print run to less than half a million - they normally print one million of one of her new titles - because they anticipate that many people would instead buy e-books instead of printed editions. Jean Auel, who is now 75, is reported to have said, "If they enjoy it, I don’t have any objection.” Her new book will be released on March 29th and is available through Amazon.
Add the estate of Catherine Cookson to the growing number of authors selling digital backlist titles directly (and, in this instance, exclusively through Amazon in the US and UK.) The author's literary representatives at Sheil Land formed a separate company, Peach Tree Publishing, which will sell 91 Cookson titles as ebooks priced between $1.50 and $5.99. Cookson's agent Sonia Land is reported by UK's Daily mail as saying that she never informed Cookson's print publishers Transworld or Simon & Schuster of the ebook plan: "I haven't told either firm about the deal and I am sure they are going to kick up a fuss about it. It is a wake-up call for the industry."
Catherine Cookson's 91 titles will shortly be available through Amazon in the Kindle format.
The Independent author now has publishing and marketing opportunities at their fingertips - on the computer keyboard - to make their own mark and put their words before the reading public!