Wizardâ€™s Tower Press is pleased to announce that is has acquired theÂ rights to publish ebook English language editions of The Tales ofÂ Einarinn series by Juliet E. McKenna.
The Tales of Einarinn comprises five novels: The Thiefâ€™s Gamble, TheÂ Swordsmanâ€™s Oath, The Gamblerâ€™s Fortune, The Warriorâ€™s Bond and TheÂ Assassinâ€™s Edge. They were originally published by Orbit in the UK andÂ Eos (a division of HarperCollins) in the USA. They have beenÂ translated into many languages including Russian, German, Japanese,Â Dutch, Polish, Hungarian and Czech.
In a series of posts on her blog,Â McKenna has talked about the challenges facing an author wishing toÂ make her backlist available as ebooks. This includes converting aÂ paper book to digital format, ensuring that she does indeed own theÂ ebook rights when there is no mention of them in the originalÂ publishing contract, and considering issues such as whether to imposeÂ Digital Rights Management (DRM).
McKenna noted: â€œSeeing online dissatisfaction with some of the earlyÂ ebook backlists rushed out by publishers who didnâ€™t pay sufficientÂ attention to such detail makes it very clear that readers expect â€“ andÂ make no mistake, they deserve â€“ the same quality of text in an ebookÂ as they would get in a paper edition.â€
The ebook editions will be prepared by Antimatter ePress and Wizardâ€™sÂ Tower, bringing with them the same attention detail that has alreadyÂ been applied to McKennaâ€™s short fiction works: A Few Further Tales ofÂ Einarinn and Turns and Chances. The books will have the sameÂ high-quality covers by Geoff Taylor that graced the original UKÂ editions.
Securing worldwide English language rights to the ebook editionsÂ involves complex legal issues which McKenna has explained in her blogÂ posts. Wizardâ€™s Tower and Ms McKenna thank Orbit UK and HarperCollinsÂ USA for their cooperation in these matters.
For Wizardâ€™s Tower Cheryl Morgan said, â€œOur objective is to helpÂ authors with backlists put out a quality product by taking care of theÂ technical and business issues, leaving them free to concentrate onÂ what they do best: writing new books.â€
For Antimatter ePress Elizabeth Campbell added: â€œPreparing a scannedÂ copy for e-publication is a labour-intensive process. This couldn’tÂ happen without invaluable assistance from two proofreaders who haveÂ donated their time to make McKenna’s Â ebooks the best that they canÂ be. It is an honour and our delight to be able to do this for her,Â bringing to a new electronic-based audience some of our very mostÂ favourite books.
The Tales of Einarinn will be available through the Wizardâ€™s TowerÂ bookstore, on the Kindle, Nook,Â Kobo, and through other online venues.