91 (!) Catherine Cookson novels exclusively in the Kindle store

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

press release

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

Catherine Cookson Kindle exclusives

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.

4 Responses to “91 (!) Catherine Cookson novels exclusively in the Kindle store”

  1. Bernard Golden Says:

    Think this release exactly aligns with your perspective. Cookson’ estate was upset that her publisher was not focusing on marketing her books, consigning them to an ignored backlist.

    Feeling that there is still life in the list (after all, if they were the most-read books in British libraries for 17 years, they’ve got to have value for people), they cut a deal for e-publishing.

    And then, I believe, they analyzed what would lead to maximum readership and revenue, and priced them lower than traditional publishing houses would.

    Here is a story on the estate’s decision: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1370325/Catherine-Cooksons-estate-set-infuriate-publishing-houses-releasing-100-cut-price-e-books.html

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Bernard!

      Thanks so much for that link! Yes, it’s a bold move…and one of which the sleeping giants will have be wary in the future from other authors.

      In the US, Random House has tried to assert that they hold e-book rights when they hold p-book (paperbook) rights, but that has not been upheld.

      My guess is this will do very well in the UK and reasonably well in the USA…there are so many that might impact the getting on the bestseller lists (since the purchases may well be distributed amongst the titles), but I’m sure Simon & Schuster can’t help but kick themselves this morning. 🙂

  2. Vicki Jenkins Says:

    NOT on this subject…

    My Kindle has new “sleeping” pictures as of yesterday.

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Vicki!

      That’s interesting! What model of Kindle do you have? You can probably do


      to see your Device Info. If you aren’t sure what model, the first four characters of the Serial Number will tell me. Don’t post more than those four. 🙂

      On that same screen, you can see the version number of your software at the bottom of the screen. I don’t think you’ll have a change in the sleep mode pictures (“screensavers”) without an update. Could you tell me what it says there?

      Finally, what pictures did you see? 🙂

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