updated 07:55 pm EDT, Tue March 16, 2010
John Grisham flips stance on e-books
Starting Tuesday, famous novelist John Grisham's works will be available in e-book format, according to a Tuesday release from the author. Grisham's publisher, Random House, will make all 23 of his novels available through e-book retailers. Hehas previously been reluctant to allow digitizing his work, as he believed e-books would hurt traditional book sales and make it harder for new writers to be successful.
Details of the deal between Grisham, Random House and e-book publishers have not been disclosed, but the deal is being called a "watershed deal" by a Random House spokesperson. Arguments between authors and publishers over royalties have been frequent around e-books. At the same time, e-book retailers and publishers have often conflicted over how to split profits from their sales.
The Sony Reader Store, Barnes & Noble.com and Amazon.com are already carrying Grisham's e-books, with The Associate and Ford County priced at $10; his older works cost $8. iPad versions are very likely but haven't been confirmed by either Apple or Random House.