Penguin is launching a digital series of exclusive short works called Penguin Shorts, releasing nine titles by authors including Helen Dunmore, Toby Young and Colm Toibin.
The short works will be released on 1st December and will have a launch price of £1.99, with fiction and non-fiction works included, and will be available at all "good e-book retailers". Penguin aims to release new titles each month, with each e-book branded with Penguin's tri-band design. Penguin US will adopt the Penguin Shorts branding in 2012 to make it a global Penguin initiative.
The nine launch titles will be A Guest at the Feast by Colm Toibin, a memoir of his days growing up in Ireland during the 1950s and 1960s; At the Hairdressers by Anita Brookner, a novella exploring issues of trust, betrayal and loneliness; Protection by Helen Dunmore, a story examining how far you would go to ensure your family's safety; The Happiness of Blond People by Elif Shafak, an examination of national identity and immigration; How To Set Up a Free School by Toby Young; How to Be a Rogue Trader by John Gapper; recipe title Perfect Christmas Day by Felicity Cloake; The Battle of Alamein: North Africa 1942 by John Bierman & Colin Smith, the first of a Great Battles series to be available through Penguin Shorts; and Great Battles: The Battle of Isandlwana by Saul David.
Viking publishing director Venetia Butterfield said: "Since Penguin introduced affordable quality books over 75 years ago, we have always tried to find innovative ways to give readers intelligent writing at a low price-and Penguin Shorts does exactly that. They are explicitly designed to be read anywhere, on any device, in a small space of time-and fill a genuine gap in the market. We are extremely proud to be launching with such an incredible array of talented writers who, between them, cover a completely fascinating range of subjects."