Novels shortlisted for Man Booker Prize to go online for freeNovember 14th, 2007 - 2:27 am ICT by admin
The foundation is negotiating with the British Council and publishers over digitising the novels and reaching countries, particularly in Africa and Asia, where the actual books would not otherwise reach.
It is believed that downloads will not impact the books’ sales, for a reader who likes a particular novel by reading it on the internet may just be inspired to buy the actual book, reports Timesonline.
Jonathan Taylor, chairman of The Booker Prize Foundation, said that the initiative was well advanced, although details were still being thrashed out.
Robin Robertson, deputy publishing director of Jonathan Cape who published this year’s prize winner Anne Enright’s book, likened the foundation’s initiative to this month’s experiment by rock band Radiohead, whose new album ‘Rainbows’ became downloadable on an “honesty box” basis.
The Irish author was chosen in recognition of her family saga ‘The Gathering’.
Chair of judges Sir Howard Davies said Enright’s book was “powerful, uncomfortable and, at times, angry”.
“The Gathering is an unflinching look at a grieving family in tough and striking language. We think she is an impressive novelist, we expect to hear a lot more from her,” the BBC quoted him as saying.
“The book is powerful, it pulls you along and it has an absolutely brilliant ending. It has one of the best last sentences of any novel I have ever read,” he added. (ANI)
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