Danielle Steel, the best-selling author, is joining the ranks of John Grisham and Tom Clancy by allowing 71 of her books to be downloaded digitally.
Story from The Daily Telegraph 20 Feb 2009
Though costs vary for the digital version of the books, it is still cheaper than buying a new hardback print of any best-seller, as the digital version retails for around $9.99 (£6.70).
At present, publishing houses including HarperCollins, Random House and Simon & Schuster have said that sales of e-books for any device - including simple laptop downloads - constitute less than one per cent of total book sales. But there are signs of momentum. The publishers say sales of e-books have tripled or quadrupled in the last year.
"E-books will become the go-to-first format for an ever-expanding group of readers who are newly discovering how much they enjoy reading books on a screen," Markus Dohle, chief executive of Random House, the world's largest publisher of consumer books, said.