Tuesday, June 14, 2016

World’s biggest writer of all time revolutionises the way we read

Kiwis are in for a new kind of reading experience when BookShots hits bookstores tomorrow in what’s
possibly the greatest innovation in book publishing since the mass market paperback.

A global roll-out, the series of short, fast, high-impact stories is the brainchild of James Patterson, the world’s best-known and biggest writer of all time. Each book is around 150 pages and priced at just $7.99.

These short, hotly priced page-turners are designed to compete with contemporary media, making reading more accessible, while also meeting the increasing desire for instant, ‘on demand’ entertainment offered through platforms like Lightbox and Netflix.
James Patterson’s idea was to create a series of great stories — that he has either written himself or collaborated on — in a shorter, compact format that better fits into people’s lives. The pocket-sized books
can be read in an evening, while sitting on the train or exercising, and are also available in audio form, for when people are driving.

New BookShots titles will be released every month, including standalones as well as exclusive additions to favourite Patterson series like Alex Cross, Private and Women’s Murder Club. 
A passionate literacy advocate, Patterson is determined to excite more people into reading. He is the proud sponsor of the World Book Day Award and he has donated millions in grants to independent bookshops.

BookShots is a fresh approach to fiction that complements all the books already out there and Patterson believes that Bookshots will not only appeal to existing readers and inspire them to read more, but it will also win over new readers.
In a recent feature interview, The New York Times reported that Mr Patterson wants to sell books to people who he believes have abandoned reading for television, video games, movies and social media.
The paper also said that Patterson aimed to make books shorter, cheaper, more plot-driven and more widely available.

The first six titles to go on sale are: Cross Kill (the new Alex Cross), Private Royals, Break Point,
The Hostage, Black & Blue, and Zoo 2. The series of short books will initially comprise thriller and romance titles, with some non-fiction com­ing later in the publishing schedule. NZ$7.99

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