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Live from AWP: Talking eBooks with Melville House


Tons of indie presses are here at AWP. We stopped by the Melville House booth to talk about how the Brooklyn-based publisher is feeling about eBooks. Publisher Dennis Loy Johnson said he was excited and about the press’s early success.

Melville distributes its books through Random House, which also handles its eBooks. Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada was Melville’s first eBook title. It came out last September, and Johnson said he was “shocked” by how well it sold, though he didn’t offer any numbers.

He also said the house was in the beginning stages of developing its own app through which various kinds of content could be delivered to mobile devices. What Johnson described sounded a bit like the McSweeneys app, with subscription services and various kinds of content delivered through a single platform.

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