91 (!) Catherine Cookson novels exclusively in the Kindle store
Dame Catherine Cookson (AKA Catharine Marchant) sold more than 100 million copies of her novels, and according to Public Lending Right, was the most borrowed author from UK libraries (with over 1 million loans) in 2001-2002…and was the top for 17 straight years. There have also been more than twenty TV adaptations of her works.
Amazon has announced in this
that they will have the exclusive e-book versions of 91 of her books (available both from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk).
Some people are uncomfortable with exclusive deals, but those are going to happen. Remember that it doesn’t mean you have to have a Kindle to read these books. You can read them on Macs, PCs, iPads, Android devices, iPhones, Blackberrys, Windows 7 phones, iPod touches…and paperbooks. Well, actually, some of these are out of print, so you’d be reading used copies of p-books, but still.
The ones that are part of this deal
are from Peach Publishing, and range from $2.99 to $5.99 (in the US store).
That can’t make Simon & Schuster happy…they have two Cookson books in the Kindle store, but they are priced at $16.99 and $14.99.
It’s also interesting that Cookson died more than a decade ago, presumably meaning this deal was negotiated with the estate. That’s important for the goal of “every book ever written”. You need the ability to make those kinds of deals to make that happen…or wait until books fall into the public domain, which can be decades.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.