Sunday, February 10, 2008

Preview That HarperCollins Book Online Soon!

Look for electronic versions of books published by HarperCollins to appear online for free for one month. According to a story in Sunday's The New York Times, the idea is to allow prospective shoppers the opportunity to browse books like they would in a book store, only of course to do so on the Web.

This is an interesting experiment for a publisher. I purchase a lot of books online and I would love to be able to "leaf" through a book first, although nothing in the article says whether the pages will be exact reproductions of what you'll see in hard copy. I often select a few interior pages at random and read a few paragraphs to get a flavor for the writing, dialogue, characterizations, and so on, before I buy. This will make buying online a lot easier.

You might wonder if people won't be tempted to just read online instead of buy. The article says the books will be available online only for a limited time, which may make that impractical. Furthermore, the online page is a lot harder on the eyes than is the paper page. I think reading a lengthy book online will be very taxing over time. This can work!

Beginning Monday, you will be able to visit the Harper Collins Web site and peruse the following books:
  • The Witch of Portobello, by Paulo Coelho
  • Mission: Cook! My Life, My Recipes and Making the Impossible Easy, Mr. Irvine
  • I Dream in Blue: Life, Death and the New York Giants, Roger Director
  • The Undecided Voter’s Guide to the Next President: Who the Candidates Are, Where They Come from and How You Can Choose, Mark Halperin
  • Warriors: Into the Wild, the (1st volume in a children’s series), Erin Hunter

Read more of the good news in HarperCollins Will Post Free Books on the Web in the Business section of The New York Times.

2 comments:

aart hilal said...

Hello!
I also enjoyed this book a lot!
Have you heard that Paulo is inviting readers to adapt his book to the movie screen?
It's really exiting!

Simply fantastic video about the project:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeFLCQY6ysc

Here's the link of the contest called The Experimental Witch:
EXPERIMENTAL WITCH BY PAULO COELHO

Have a great day
Aart

wordsworth said...

Hi Aart. Thanks for sharing your passion for this book and the very interesting information on the movie project. This is awesome!