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Thursday, 30 June 2011

The force comes to eBook

For thirty years, people have been writing Star Wars books, building on the canon and quite often ignoring it. That's one big back catalogue and this week , Star Wars literature finally entered the digital age when Lucasfilm and Random House announced that the entire library of Star Wars fiction titles (Del Rey/Bantam Spectra) will be available in eBook format, as will any future releases under the imprints. There are already a dozen or so Star Wars titles available as eBooks but now they will be joined over a hundred more.

The eBooks will all feature extra features:

  • An updated Star Wars novels timeline
  • An introduction to the six major Star Wars eras: The Old Republic, Rise of the Empire, Rebellion, The New Republic, New Jedi Order, and Legacy
  • Over half a dozen additional excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the last thirty years.

Together with the Harry Potter eBooks which are soon to d├ębut it is hoped that series like these will make eReader devices appeal to the younger reader. eReader sales are healthy but a number of consumer reports have revealed that it is the middle aged that are rapidly buying into the technology - that ability to increase the font size helps our poor old eyes, you see!

This bonanza of over 100 titles were launched on 28th June, across all eBook formats.

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