Thursday, March 08, 2012
Backlist eBooks by John Updike and Judy Blume Coming Soon
Random House will release a number of backlist ebook editions by two of the company's flagship authors, John Updike and Judy Blume. With respect to Updike, who died in 2009, "the entire backlist" will appear soon in digital format, the majority for the first time. (You may recall that Updike's Rabbit Angstrom tetralogy appeared briefly as ebooks under the Odyssey Editions banner, the fledgling ebook company launched in 2010 by the Wylie Agency, and the Random House took over ebook publication.)
Meanwhile, Random House Children's will release ebook editions in North America of 10 of Blume's books for children and young adults, including ARE YOU THERE GOD, IT'S ME MARGARET, BLUBBER, and DEENIE, on March 21, with three additional books to follow at a later date. "This is an exciting day for me," Blume said in a statement. "I'm happy that my readers, many of whom have been patiently waiting, will now be able to choose which format works best for them to enjoy their favorite books." Penguin Children's released her five FUDGE titles in ebook versions last December.