Prologue Books is launching the release of about 150 vintage crime titles which are currently out of print in the digital format. These novels will be available through Kindle, Nook, Sony, Apple and Kobo with many of them priced at $3.99.
Ben LeRoy who is leading the project indicated that another 45 titles are coming this month and another 100 vintage Sci-Fi/fantasy titles will be available by the end of the year.
LeRoy has been acquiring rights to the titles from a various parties involved including the family members of the authors and the agents representing the authors’ works.
As an overview, Prologue Books releases hard-boiled crime novels, written by legends like Peter Rabe and William Campbell Gault, served as inspiration for contemporary crime fiction. Before, these old paperbacks could only be found at book fairs and used book stores, but now, they will be available to anyone with an e-reader.
“I envision Prologue Books not simply an e-book publisher for out-of-print titles, but as a living record of the crime, science fiction, and fantasy genres,” said Ben LeRoy, publisher of Tyrus Books who is spearheading the project.
“There’s a great opportunity to shine the spotlight on authors who may have been significantly influential on the current state of publishing, but who have never really received their due for one reason or another. With the help of luminaries in the genres—authors, readers, reviewers—we are excited to find and share those stories.”
“I love and collect vintage paperbacks, so you’d think the concept of e-books would have no appeal for someone like me,” said pulp novelist, Christa Faust. “But the way I see it, having reading copies of these classic titles available in digital format is not only a great way to attract new readers, it also helps to preserve existing paper editions that are too fragile to be thumbed through. It’s old-school pulp for a new generation. A brilliant idea that’s long overdue.”
Note: For an example of titles released by this publishers, see A Corpse Without A Country by Louis Trimble.