Harper releases Bradbury e-books in the UK

Harper releases Bradbury e-books in the UK

HarperVoyager is marking this year's 50th anniversary of Ray Bradbury's classic sci fi novel Fahrenheit 451 with the first ever e-book release of some of his works, as well as a deal for a number of backlist books.

Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man were all made available last week, with more to follow.

Bradbury, who died in June 2012, had long been a staunch opponent of digital books, once saying: "There is no future for e-books because they are not books. E-books smell like burned fuel", and dismissed the internet as "a big distraction". However, his US publisher Simon & Schuster announced the first e-book release of Fahrenheit 451 in November 2011.

HarperVoyager, HarperCollins' sci fi and fantasy imprint, has signed print and e-book rights for the UK and Commonwealth, excluding Canada, to 22 of Bradbury's backlist titles from Caspian Dennis at Abner Stern, in association with Don Congdon Associates. Among the titles is Bradbury's first ever published work, Dark Carnival. HarperVoyager has also signed e-book-only rights for Death is a Lonely Business and Summer Morning Summer Night.

Amy McCulloch, HarperVoyager commissioning editor, said: "We are thrilled to be bringing even more of Ray Bradbury's backlist to readers who are hungry for more from this beloved great of the genre."

Fahrenheit 451 revolves around a dystopian future where books are banned and firemen are employed to destroy them. The title refers to the temperature needed for a piece of paper to ignite.