"’The publication of John Steinbeck’s works in eBook format," the announcement continues, "is part of Penguin’s mission to always connect the writer to the reader in whatever format the reader selects. These eleven eBooks will be followed in the months to come by twelve additional titles, making Steinbeck’s complete canon available in eBook format.
"’Amazon is very excited to make these classic works available to our Kindle customers, wirelessly, anywhere they happen to be, in less than 60 seconds,’ said Ian Freed, vice president of Amazon Kindle. ‘The works of John Steinbeck are perennial bestsellers as physical books on Amazon.com and they are among some of the most requested titles by Kindle owners. The eleven Steinbeck books join a rapidly growing list of over 130,000 books, newspapers, blogs, and magazines currently available for Amazon Kindle.’
“’Classics are extremely popular with users of the Reader Digital Book,’ said Christian Smythe, director of Merchandising for the eBook Store from Sony. ‘We are constantly expanding our selection of offerings, and these Steinbeck titles are a great addition to the eBook Store from Sony.’
"The production of these eleven Steinbeck eBooks was overseen by Daniel Sanicola, Digital Manager of Penguin Group (USA)’s eBooks. ‘As someone who is passionate about both eBooks and literature,’ said Daniel, ‘I am thrilled to finally have the seminal works of one of my favorite authors available to the eBook community. The works of John Steinbeck have influenced countless people and will now have a new audience to enthrall as one of America’s greatest writers is discovered in eBooks.’"
Nice going, Penguin! Let’s hear of many more announcements like this—especially if, in the future, you can do away with DRM. Remember, the people who download the pirated version don’t have that burden. Why punish the legal owners?Google+