Chicago Tribune Launches E-Book Program With Agate Publishing

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Like many other non-book publishing media companies, the Chicago Tribune is trying its hand at the e-book business. It announced an initiative in the Spring to publish e-books, partnering with Evanston, Ill.-based Agate Publishing and will produce about seven e-books a month based on previously published Chicago Tribune content.

Other media companies are thinking along the same lines.

Most recently, Playboy launched a series of shorts for the Kindle, the Washington Post announced an e-book program, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, a trade publication focused on the higher education field, launched an e-book business. Other notable companies to jump into the space are magazine publishers Conde Nast and Hearst and NBC News, a division of NBC Universal. And the Wall Street Journal has recently rejuvenated its e-book program.

[Press Release]

The Chicago Tribune and Agate Digital are pleased to announce the launch of the Chicago Tribune Ebook Collection, a wide-ranging and fast-growing library of standalone ebooks created from Tribune news and features stories, columns and photography. The broad assortment of titles delves into current affairs, biography, sports, cooking and other topics, drawing on contemporary material as well as the Tribune’s deep archives.

Agate Digital, an imprint of Evanston-based Agate Publishing, and Tribune have published approximately two dozen ebooks since the partnership began in spring and expect to complete 50 by the end of 2012. Among the titles are “Charlie Trotter,” a fast-paced personal history of the culinary superstar; “The Best of Mary Schmich,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist’s own favorite pieces; and “Capone,” never-before-published photographs of the infamous Jazz Age gangster. A regularly updated list of ebooks can be found at chicagotribuneebooks.com. Forthcoming books will cover the Cubs, White Sox, Bulls and Blackhawks; holiday recipes; the Rev. Jesse Jackson and his son U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.; city guidebooks; exclusive photos of the 1933 “Century of Progress” World’s Fair; and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

The Chicago Tribune Ebook Collection is available everywhere ebooks are sold, in all major ebook formats, for all prominent reading devices. Most are offered at a base list price of $4.99. Many are brief and compelling narratives, well suited to mobile devices, while others are comprehensive compilations on particular subjects.

“The Tribune Ebook Collection is a slice of the Tribune’s work to provide news and information on every digital platform,” said Joycelyn Winnecke, vice president and associate editor. “The Tribune-Agate collaboration represents cutting-edge experimentation in the fastchanging ebook marketplace.”

“The Tribune’s vast archive of excellent reporting and photography are a perfect vehicle for experimenting with ebooks,” said Doug Seibold, president of Agate. “We’re able to publish ebooks at a very fast clip that are affordable and easily accessible to a wide range of readers, and we look forward to bringing out many more such books.”

For more information on the Tribune Ebook Collection, contact Anjali Becker, Marketing and Publicity Coordinator at Agate (becker@agatepublishing.com), or Colin McMahon, National Content Editor at Chicago Tribune (cmcmahon@tribune.com).

About Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune is part of Chicago Tribune Media Group, a media and business services company that publishes the award-winning Chicago Tribune,chicagotribune.com and related print and interactive media including RedEye, Hoy, Chicago Magazine, Naperville magazine, TribLocal, TheMash,chicagonow.com and metromix.com. Reaching 4.8 million consumers each week, CTMG is the leading news and information destination in the Chicago area.

About Agate Digital
Agate Digital publishes ebooks in ways designed to reach readers very rapidly, and at very attractive prices, on their preferred digital reading platforms. Agate Digital is partnering with other forward-thinking media creators to publish affordable ebooks on a broad array of topics. Agate Digital is an imprint of Agate Publishing, Inc. Learn more at agatepublishing.com.

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