Bedford Square partners with Open Road in US

Bedford Square partners with Open Road in US

Open Road has entered into a partnership with Ed Victor's Bedford Square Books, making the publishing venture's list available in the US as e-books and print on demand volumes.

The digital specialists will publish, market and distribute the Bedford Square titles in North America, including Good Times, Bad Times by Sir Harold Evans and Tales for the Telling by Edna O'Brien. The company will produce marketing videos about some of the Bedford Square authors, which will then be distributed through Open Road's online platform and syndicated to other online content providers.

In the UK, Bedford Square Books will be created and distributed by digital production company Acorn.

Agent Ed Victor launched Bedford Square Books in May this year, focusing initially on putting back into circulation titles from his agency that are out of print or those on which the rights have reverted. Twelve titles will be released in September, with a further six planned for January 2012 release.

Open Road co-founder and c.e.o. Jane Friedman said: "Working with Bedford Square Books to digitally publish their titles elucidates Open Road's commitment to bring backlist books back to the future. We are looking forward to continuing our unique relationship with Ed Victor."

Open Road already digitally publishes and markets other titles from the Ed Victor agency, including 10 of Iris Murdoch's books, Josephine Hart's Damage and Sin and 27 Jack Higgins titles.

Victor called Open Road the "perfect partner for the Bedford Square Books list in North America".