EBook Exclusives – J. A. Jance’s The Old Blue Line
May 28, 2014
Lately, popular authors and their publishers have been releasing novellas and other short, sometimes even experimental, works exclusively as eBook singles. A good example that a librarian brought to my attention today was J. A. Jance’s Joanna Brady novella called The Old Blue Line, coming out next month only in eBook format. There is no promising sign on the horizon that this content is coming to print any time soon, unfortunately. At the moment it is also not available for us to purchase in OverDrive and 3M, but titles may appear later in them close to or after the publication date.
Here’s a link to a Forbes article from last year that explains an economic motive for doing electronic only publication for shorter works. If you’re a glass half full kind of person, you might note that the likely alternative would be no availability at all for these, but that’s probably little consolation to the tantalized print reader and/or library borrower.