Kirk Douglas memoir, Truman Capote make e-book debuts
The burgeoning e-book format has gained some major star power, with the work of Truman Capote and a forthcoming Kirk Douglas memoir set to be published digitally.
On Monday, Random House imprint Vintage Books announced that Capote's classic novella Breakfast at Tiffany's will make its e-book debut this week.
Other Capote works, including The Grass Harp and Music for Chameleons, will be forthcoming as digital releases, the publisher said. The American author died in 1984.
Hollywood legend Douglas, 95, also announced he will take a crack at the e-book market. The veteran actor will release his memoir I Am Spartacus! Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist as an e-book with digital publisher Open Road Integrated Media in June.
Douglas both starred in and produced 1960's Spartacus.
Featuring a foreward by actor George Clooney, Douglas's I Am Spartacus will delve into fiery back stories from the film's set and the decision to hire screenwriter Dalton Trumbo — blacklisted during the politically charged McCarthy era — to pen the high-profile, ancient Roman epic.
An audio book version of the memoir will be narrated by Douglas's actor son, Michael.
Though e-books are still somewhat controversial over pricing and competition, adoption of the digital format is growing rapidly. Traditional publishers are also paying greater attention to the potential that can be found in e-books, including the cultural phenomenon Fifty Shades of Grey, the bestselling erotic romance trilogy that started out as an e-book viral sensation.
With files from The Associated Press