New York Review Books Announces NYRB Lit: An high-end e-book series
July 31, 2012 | 12:34 am
By Dan Eldridge
It’s certainly not news that huge numbers of e-book-only publishing companies are sprouting up on a regular basis these days. But when long-established and staunchly literary publishing houses begin announcing e-book-only ventures of their own … well, that’s news. And it doesn’t get much more tweed-jacket literary than New York Review Books (NYRB), the 13-year-old publishing house operated by The New York Review of Books.
NYRB recently announced the upcoming launch of its fourth imprint, NYRB Lit, which will be releasing e-book formats of classic narrative nonfiction and contemporary fiction titles. The books in the imprint’s first-year catalog all appear to have been works that were very well-received by critics upon publication, but not necessarily noticed by the public at large. Perhaps NYRB Lit is assuming that the absence of an e-book option had something to do with each title’s initial lack of success?
Also worth noting: The imprint’s proverbial ship will be steered by scholar and author Sue Halpern. In an interview with Library Journal‘s Barbara Hoffert, Halpern explained that “she got tired of hearing that the brave new digital world would take away from readers and writers. ‘As a writer I don’t want to hear that,’ she explained. ‘Maybe the electronic platform can be used to our advantage.’”
The imprint plans to publish ten titles per year, with the inaugural offering coming in Sept. 2012 from the highly-acclaimed British novelist Lindsay Clarke.
[Thanks to David H. Rothman for the tip!]