Reflections by award-winning maritime historian Joan Druett, author of many books about the sea
Search This Blog
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Aubrey-Maturin series going digital
Julie Bosnan in the New York Times reveals that Patrick O’Brian’s popular seafaring novels will be released as e-Books in time for the holidays.
W.W. Norton, their publisher, released the news on Sunday. The 20-book series, set during the Napoleonic wars, includes Master and Commander, Desolation Island and The Commodore.
About 7.5 million copies have been sold in the United States since the first book was published in 1969. “Now that the novels are available digitally, readers who prefer the e-book format can have this collection instantly at their fingertips — as well the enviable pleasure of reading O’Brian’s astonishing series for the first time,” said Starling Lawrence, editor at large at Norton.
O’Brian died in 2000, but his heroes live on.
Goodie, maybe they will now produce another film -- with Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany, of course.