Interesting news today from the world of mystery publishing: Otto Penzler, bookseller (Mysterious Bookshop), publisher (Mysterious Press), writer, editor, anthologist and just overall mystery enthusiast has launched a new version of the Mysterious Press online. Called MysteriousPress.com, it will publish electronic editions ONLY of books by mystery authors of all genres.
It's the kind of electronic backlist project that many mystery readers have hoped for in an age of eBooks. Many of the books Penzler will be publishing are still under copyright - yet most are long out of print. This will make the books available again, in a variety of electronic formats. As most of the eBook formats are readable on a regular laptop or desktop computer, I suppose you don't even need an eBook reader - though, given the way the prices have come down, why not?
I'm excited to see that at least a couple of Ellery Queen titles are among the first to be released. We're also promised - soon - other classic authors such as Christianna Brand. But no matter what genre you like - traditional, hard-boiled, private eye, noir, suspense, espionage, you name it - we are told that hundreds of these titles will be availabe from the Mysterious Press before the end of the year.