Jane Friedman

E-books existed before the Kindle made them quick to find and easy to read. This August 26, 2010 piece in the Wall Street Journal notes how Laura Lippman’s latest thriller, I’d Know You Anywhere, sold more e-books than tree books during its first week of release. This week in #litchat we’ll discuss how e-books are changing the publishing industry.

On Monday, September 29, Jane Friedman, former publisher of Writer’s Digest and now an independent media consultant (The Most Progressive Media Professional You’ll Meet) opens our weekly discussion of e-books. Friedman is a visiting assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati, and teaches full-time in the e-media department of CCM. A frequent speaker at writing and publishing events, Friedman’s mission is to help writers understand the transformation underway in the media and publishing industries, and how writers can be successful and in control of their careers.

E.J. Knapp

Sharing his publishing journey on Friday, September 3, is E.J. Knapp, whose debut novel, Stealing the Marbles, releases September 1, from Rebel e Publishers. Based in South Africa, Rebel e Publishers released its first book, Killerbyte by Cat Connor, exclusively by e-book last April. While the global publisher is still sharply focused on e-publishing, reader demand has led them to seek an environmentally friendly POD publisher for those who prefer traditional print and pages.

Stealing the Marbles begins and ends in Greece, where master thief Danny Samsel is hiding out after his last art heist from the White House. Bored of the quiet island life and itching for action, Samsel emerges from hiding to take on the British Museum in a give-back caper to bring back to Greece a vast collection of statuary and marble carvings taken from the Parthenon by Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin, in 1798. Fans of the Ocean’s 11 film series will enjoy Knapp’s thief-with-a-heart protagonist and the clever plotting that an escapade of such magnitude requires.

Knapp has published several short stories in obscure online magazines, most of which no longer exist, though he insists this is not his fault. He is also the author of a non-fiction work, The Great Golden Gate Bridge Trivia Book, published by Chronicle Books in 1987 and reissued as Secrets of the Golden Gate Bridge for Kindle through Sleeping Tiger, LLC, in February of this year.

Follow E.J. Knapp on Twitter at @ej_knapp

Follow Jane Friedman on Twitter at @janefriedman

Read chatscripts from this week’s E-Book Revolution topic:

August 30, 2010: Ebook Revolution, Jane Friedman

September 1, 2010: Ebook Revolution, open topic

September 3, 2010: Ebook Revolution, author EJ Knapp