NYT Launches Ebook Initiatives With Vook, Byliner


The New York Times today launched two e-book initiatives: New York Times short e-books co-published with the digital startup Byliner and TimesFiles with Vook.

The Byliner collaboration will see the Times co-publish up to a dozen New York Times/Byliner Originals in the next year, featuring narratives in subjects such as culture, sports, business, science and health. The titles will offer new and original content that is not available in the paper or on NYTimes.com and will range from 10,000 to 20,000 words in length.

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Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek by Times reporter John Branch will be the first e-book published as part of the venture. It will be available for purchase on Monday, Dec. 17 at Amazon.com, Apple’s iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Byliner.com and NYTStore.com for $2.99. It expands on an article that will publish in that day’s paper.  

Future contributors to the Times-Byliner collaboration include David Leonhardt, the newspaper’s Washington bureau chief, and James Stewart, the paper’s “Common Sense” columnist and author of Den of Thieves, among other books.

“Our access to quality journalism and talented writers who can build on that content lends itself to the e-book platform,” Gerald Marzorati, editor for editorial development of the Times. “We are excited to deliver the very best long-form journalism to readers, in collaboration with Byliner for our New York Times/Byliner Originals and in utilizing the Vook platform for our archival e-books.”

TimesFiles are curated selections of articles from the newspaper’s archives, assembled into compelling narratives about a particular topic or event. Built in collaboration with Vook using its e-book publishing platform, the TimesFiles collection will have 25 e-books available on Dec. 17, with more planned for 2013. TimesFiles will be available starting at $1.99 from Amazon, iBooks, Barnes & Noble and NYTStore.com. Launch titles include The Fall of the Berlin Wall, George Steinbrenner and the Yankees and The Life and Films of John Hughes.

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