When I originally heard about Andrew Wylie’s announcement last week that he was partnering with Amazon to create “Odyssey Editions” — 20 special e-book versions of modern classics by writers whom he represents that will only be available for Kindle and devices that support Kindle software such as the iPad, I thought:
This is bad news.
After all, at its face it seems to be exclusive deal with one retail outlet.
Here’s the thing, though.
As I like to point out, Kindle’s not just a device, it’s software that works on many devices.
What Wylie has done is take 20 great books that have not been available electronically and made them available to a pretty large audience.
Sure there are some people who are upset.
The only ones who seem to be taking a balanced, sensical approach to the whole kerfuffle is The Author’s Guild.
Wylie has created a series of affordable editions for a very wide audience.
Good for him.
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