Canongate has signed five of Margaret Drabble's backlist to release as e-books for the first time, as part of a campaign to promote digital reading to older readers.
Fiction editor Louisa Joyner signed e-only rights in The Millstone, The Peppered Moth, and a trilogy made up of The Radiant Way, A Natural Curiosity and The Gates of Ivory in a deal with James Gill at United Agents. The print editions are published by Penguin.
All five books will be released in May, priced at £8.99 each, alongside a campaign led by Drabble to boost the appeal of digital reading.
Drabble said: "I am a keen e-reader, and my e-book is one of my most treasured possessions. It’s a wonderful user-friendly and buyer-friendly invention, and has greatly increased my pleasure and ease in reading. I’ve become an addictive buyer. I’m very happy that more of my earlier books will now be easily available."
Joyner added: "As one of our most celebrated novelists we’re confident that not only will her fans be delighted to discover her electronically but that this is an exciting way to bring her oeuvre to an entirely new readership as well."
The Millstone, published in 1965, was Drabble's third novel and won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. 1987's The Radiant Way began a trilogy of novels that examined England in the 1980s, while 2010's The Peppered Moth looks at four generations of women across a century.
Canongate released Drabble's latest novel, The Pure Gold Baby, in print and digital editions in November 2013.