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Houston 'tributes' from John Blake and on Kindle

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.

 

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John Blake must be the fittest man in publishing, what with all the ambulance and/or hearse-chasing.

It's all very well being cynical, but it's fact that after a celebrity death, there is an immediate and considerable uplift in demand for related products. Two Whitney Houston albums have gone into the top ten already, so it's hardly the place of publishers and booksellers to go round telling people their new interest in her is tasteless or ghoulish. One could even put a positive spin on it and note that at least the media coverage of her death will introduce her to people who may have known little or nothing sabout her. If John Blake hadn't decided to reissue this book, then he really would be due some criticism.

What's the problem? Newspapers report on her death, newspapers cost money and make a profit (well, some of them make a profit).

John Blake must be the fittest man in publishing, what with all the ambulance and/or hearse-chasing.

It's all very well being cynical, but it's fact that after a celebrity death, there is an immediate and considerable uplift in demand for related products. Two Whitney Houston albums have gone into the top ten already, so it's hardly the place of publishers and booksellers to go round telling people their new interest in her is tasteless or ghoulish. One could even put a positive spin on it and note that at least the media coverage of her death will introduce her to people who may have known little or nothing sabout her. If John Blake hadn't decided to reissue this book, then he really would be due some criticism.

What's the problem? Newspapers report on her death, newspapers cost money and make a profit (well, some of them make a profit).