Steven Brill’s e-commerce site, Contentville, which has stirred up a mix of curiosity and controversy since last month’s launch, is today expected to introduce two major new features.
Already a vendor of magazines, articles, screenplays, traditional books and other documents, the site will open a boutique within the larger site to sell e-books from all key commercial and academic publishers.
Lines blur online
In a move that further underscores how blurry the lines separating bookselling from publishing have become in the e-book biz, Contentville will also unveil its own e-books publishing division, Contentville Press.
Contentville Press will immediately make available two previously unannounced e-books: “Scent of a Woman’s Ink,” a collection of journalism by Francine Prose; and “Profiles From Brill’s Content,” an anthology of 14 features on such people as JFK Jr., Maureen Dowd, Alex Kuczynski and Lynn Hirschberg, with an introduction from Brill. Both titles were acquired by senior associate editor Hanya Yanagihara.
Contentville’s e-bookstore will launch with a splash with publication of “Survivor: The Ultimate Game.” Contentville has licensed exclusive e-rights to this companion to the CBS reality skein, to be published in trade paperback by TV Books in September. Contentville will begin taking advance e-book orders immediately. E-book will be sold in batches, with the first three chapters available Aug. 24 — the day after the show’s finale.
Also adorning the storefront will be an exclusive excerpt from Elmore Leonard’s new novel, “Pagan Babies.”
That range of material, said Contentville senior veep and e-publisher Annik LaFarge, reflects the company’s efforts to serve a wide array of markets. “I’m just as interested in developing a fishing list with the Lyons Press as I am in selling Random House’s frontlist,” she told Daily Variety.
All e-books sold through Contentville will be available in Microsoft Reader format.