The New York Times today announced the launch of two publishing programs -- New York Times short e-books co-published with the digital startup Byliner, and TimesFiles with Vook.
In collaboration with Byliner, The Times will co-publish up to a dozen New York Times / Byliner Originals in the next year featuring narratives in areas in which The Times has reporting expertise including culture, sports, business, science and health. While sometimes growing out of related Times reporting, the titles will offer new and original content that is not available in the paper or on NYTimes.com. The Originals will range from 10,000 to 20,000 words in length and are designed to be read in one sitting.
“Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek” by New York Times reporter John Branch, the first Times / Byliner Original, tells the harrowing story of skiers caught in an avalanche. It expands on an article that will publish in Monday’s paper. It will be available for purchase on Monday, December 17 at online retailers including Amazon.com (Kindle), Apple (iBooks), Barnes & Noble (NOOK), Byliner.com and NYTStore.com for $2.99.
“Byliner’s mission is to bring readers great stories by great writers, and we're thrilled to be collaborating with The New York Times on this series of original narratives,” said John Tayman, Byliner's founder and CEO. ”The Times has a deep and unparalleled tradition of extraordinary journalism, and we look forward to finding, developing, and publishing many important and lasting stories together.”Future contributors to The Times-Byliner collaboration include Pulitzer-Prize-winner David Leonhardt, The Times’s Washington bureau chief, and Pulitzer-Prize-winner James B. Stewart, The Times’s “Common Sense” columnist and author of “Den of Thieves,” among other books. “Our access to quality journalism and talented writers who can build on that content lends itself to the e-book platform,” said Gerald Marzorati, editor for editorial development of The New York Times. “We are excited to deliver the very best long-form journalism to readers, in collaboration with Byliner for our New York Times / Byliner Originals and in utilizing the Vook platform for our archival e-books.”