According to The Washington Post, the centennial anniversary of the oceanliner Titanic’s sinking has returned a classic account of the famous tragedy to the best-seller lists.
Author Walter Lord penned “A Night to Remember,” in 1955. This classic book will be No. 1 this Sunday on The New York Times’ chart of combined print and e-book nonfiction sales. The paperback was originally published by Henry Holt and Company. The e-book was released last month by Open Road Integrated Media, a digital publisher that says the e-edition has been downloaded around 30,000 times.
The book was adapted into a movie of the same name in 1958. The author was a consultant on James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster movie “Titanic,” which was re-released this year in 3D. Walter Lord died in 2002 at age 84.
Book publishers are surrounded by hungry new competitors: Amazon, with its steadily growing imprints; authors who publish their own e-books; and online start-ups like All Star Press.
Now they have to contend with another group elbowing into their territory: news organizations.
Swiftly and at little cost, newspapers, magazines and sites like The Huffington Post are hunting for revenue by publishing their own version of e-books, either using brand-new content or repurposing material that they may have given away free in the past.
And by making e-books that are usually shorter, cheaper to buy and more quickly produced than the typical book, they are redefining what an e-book is — and who gets to publish it.