A major announcement was made yesterday – no, not the one about Kate Middleton stocking up on her Mothercare vouchers – and the Twittersphere responded accordingly. The news that Curtis Brown is to launch more than 200 e-book titles with Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing service was broken by agent and Curtis Brown joint CEO Jonny Geller at yesterday’s The Bookseller FutureBook Conference and, all of a sudden, people all over the world began hammering at their keyboards in support of the project, which allows authors to retain rights and creative control, while opening up their work to new markets. Here’s how it played out:
Jonny’s on-stage announcement was immediately tweeted by The Bookseller yesterday afternoon:
Jonny and Amazon then confirmed the news:
Then, other agents and authors weighed in:
Exciting! We have launched a digital programme with Kindle Direct Publishing allowing 200 to be available in the US shar.es/6eKLy
200 terrific authors, that is! Something got lost in previous tweet
Or rather 200 terrific books, to be more accurate.
Then the industry and other writers responded:
And the news even travelled as far as Spain:
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