New York Times to Publish First E-Book

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According to Publishers Weekly, the New York Times is set to publish its first e-book, Open Secrets: WikiLeaks, War and American Diplomacy on Monday, January 31.

The book is reportedly about the release of last year’s WikiLeaks documents and you can read an excerpt from the book’s introductory essay by Bill Keller, the Times’s executive editor. The excerpt is online now and will be published in the New York Times Magazine on January 30. In the essay, you can read how the paper came to publish the documents and why it chose to do so. The essay chronicles the role the paper played in breaking the WikiLeaks story.

The New York Times will only release an e-book version and a reportedly has no plans for a print book, citing the “speed and modest cost” of releasing the title only as an e-book.

In Open Secrets you will find, among other items, expanded profiles of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and Bradley Manning, the Army private suspected of being his source, and original essays on what the episode has revealed about American diplomacy and government secrecy. You will also find analyses of the NYT correspondents’ documents, as well as the complete text of all the cables and war logs published on the Times website. Also included are 27 new cables. Contributors to the book include Frank Rich, Maureen Dowd, and others.

The e-book, done in-house, will be available at Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com, the Google eBookstore, and Apple’s iBookstore for $5.99. B&N has already started taking pre-orders for the e-book, which was made available using PubIt!, B&N’s digital publishing platform.

In a release, Keller said:

“The publication of Open Secrets as an e-book is the latest example of the Times exploiting the creative potential of the Web to deliver the world’s best journalism in whatever format readers find most appealing.”

More WikiLeaks tell-alls are on the way. Random House’s Crown division is publishing one by its former spokesman, Daniel Domscheit-Berg. That book, titled Inside Wikileaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website, is scheduled for a February 15 release. Perseus’s PublicAffairs imprint is has one of their own as well, called Wikileaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy, by a group of British journalists.

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