The stalemate over electronic rights to some of Pat Conroy’s backlist titles has been resolved and Open Road is going ahead with ebook release of the titles that they announced almost a year ago. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt spokesperson Lori Glazer tells the AP, “in this instance we negotiated an agreed-upon separation of print from electronic, to our mutual satisfaction.”
Arthur Klebanoff at Rosetta Books, who had published an ebook version of The Prince of Tides, says: “Did I want to renew this license? The answer is ‘Yes.’ But until the arrival of the Kindle, you had a tiny, tiny marketplace. That has changed dramatically over the last 12 years, but if you’re an agent looking for results and you were hanging around with Rosetta for nine years, it looks like there’s no action.”
In other Conroy-related news, the novelist will announce the National Book Awards finalists from Flannery O’Connor’s childhood home in Savannah, GA on October 13.
In other enews, Waterstone’s has cut the price of the Sony Pocket ereader to 99 pounds–close to the $150 it has sold for in the US for a while.
Wiley launched their Online Library for scholars with “4 million articles from 1,500 journals, 9,000 books, and hundreds of reference works and databases.”