Amid all the Apple iPad news this week, Amazon (AMZN) took another bold step into the publishing industry. AmazonEncore announced it will publish four new titles this spring–the first time the imprint has published original manuscripts.
Interestingly enough, the company discovered the four books through the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. Find out more about the individual books and authors on this Amazon page. The four titles are: Page From a Tennessee Journal by Francine Thomas Howard (March 2010) Greyhound by Steffan Piper (March 2010), A Cruel Harvest by Paul Reid (April 2010), and Crossing by Andrew Fukuda (May 2010).
Here’s a statement from Jeff Belle, VP of Amazon.com Books: “Now in its third year, the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest brings in many worthy manuscripts … We’ve identified these four manuscripts as examples of authors whose work we think deserves a larger audience, and we’re excited to help these authors find their readers.”