John Blake is to reissue an updated version of its biography of Whitney Houston, following the singer's death in Los Angeles on Saturday (11th February). Meanwhile no fewer than 12 e-books about the singer have been published in the Kindle store over the past 24 hours.
Whitney Houston: 1963-2012: We Will Always Love You by US author James Robert Parish will be published by John Blake on 23rd February as a £7.99 paperback. The e-book will be published simultaneously, priced £6.99.
Blake said the print run will be "substantial", with 50,000 orders for the book so far.
He said it was "very important" to issue an up-to-date version of the book following Houston's sudden death. "This is a tribute to her," he said. "We did publish the definitive biography a while ago and the author was very keen to update it. He lives in LA and has interviewed her, and it will probably contain some new background and some information about what happened that hasn't been in the press yet."
The Blake book will face strong competition for e-book sales with 12 self-published e-books appearing on the Kindle store in the past 24 hours, including The Life and Death of Whitney Houston: Inside Her Final Days by former E! Entertainment Television host Michael Essany, priced at £1.99, and Whitney Houston—I Will Always Love You—An Unauthorized Biography by Mariah Franklin, priced at £2.51.
Houston's most famous songs include "I Will Always Love You", "My Love is Your Love", and "Saving All My Love for You". She died aged 48.