Tuesday, March 23, 2010

F. Paul Wilson's LaNague Fed'n Series Exclusive on Kindle

NYTimes bestselling F. Paul Wilson, noted for his horror and science fiction books, has decided to make available, exclusively at Amazon for the next year, 5 books in his LaNague Federation series

The books have not been available in e-book form until now, and Wilson chose to use Amazon's self-service Digital Text Platform to upload these books and make them available to Kindle customers globally.  This means that in July when the new publisher price arrangements are effective (and his may be starting now), he will be getting 70% of the price.  All of these books are $2.99.
  This is more attractive for authors who own the electronic rights to their books than the 20-25% (or less) they get from the large traditional publishers.

MarketWatch quotes Amazon: "One of the great things about Kindle is the ability for authors to make previously out-of-print titles available for their readers again," said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President, Kindle Content.  "For the first time ever, F. Paul Wilson's fans will be able to discover their favorite titles electronically, and new fans can find these previously out-of-print titles more easily than ever before."

The titles from the LaNague Federation series are:
-- "An Enemy of the State," winner of the Prometheus Hall of Fame Award
-- "Wheels Within Wheels," winner of the first Prometheus Award
-- "The Tery"
-- "Dydeetown World," on the American Library Association's list of "Best Books for Young Adults" and on the New York Public Library's recommended list of "Books for the Teen Age"
-- "Healer," winner of the Prometheus Hall of Fame Award

F. Paul Wilson has won the Stoker, Inkpot, Porgie and Prometheus awards and has written more than 40 books, translated into 24 languages.  'His work has been adapted for film and TV: his novel "The Keep" was made into a 1983 film directed by Michael Mann, and many of his stories have been adapted into teleplays that have aired on Showtime and the Sci-Fi Channel (now called SyFy).'

Amazon's press release includes a quote from author Wilson:
' "I'm thrilled that I'm able to make all five novels of the LaNague Federation series -- including an additional five bonus short stories -- available for the first time in digital, and for the first time all together as a series," said F. Paul Wilson. "The result is a giant roman à thèse exclusively for Kindle readers.  It's wonderful that Kindle and the Digital Text Platform provide a convenient channel for authors like me to reintroduce classic titles to a whole new audience." '
Amazon now has a new number quoted for books available for the Kindle, as they are counting, as they should, the books that are Kindle compatible and available at places like The Internet Archive, Project Gutenberg, and other sites.

  After citing the 450,000 books available at the Kindlestore itself which they describe as "the largest selection of the most popular books people want to read" they add that "Over 1.8 million free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books are also available to read on Kindle..."

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