Simon & Schuster log on with e-book pact

Publisher collaborates with Eye's '48 Hours' for 'Definitive' electronic novel

Simon & Schuster, which affirmed its commitment to e-publishing two weeks ago with the release of several free downloadable “Star Trek” titles, has just unveiled its next major e-publishing venture.

In a synergistic arrangement with Viacom sibling CBS News, S&S will publish the e-book “Class of 2000: A Definitive Survey of the New Generation” on June 22. The book is a companion to a special edition of the CBS news magazine “48 Hours,” based on a four-year study of a high school class, which will air on the same day.

“This collaboration demonstrates at once the advantages offered by electronic publishing — instantaneous delivery of new and important information — as well as the wealth of possibilities for exciting publishing derived from the recently expanded Viacom family of companies,” said S&S prexy Jack Romanos.

Written by Carolyn Mackler, the e-book features the results of interviews with and polls of more than 2,300 students. It also comes with a preface by “48 Hours” anchor Dan Rather.

It was acquired for S&S by publisher David Rosenthal and senior editor Geoff Kloske.

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