Open Road Media will publish works by Pearl Buck as e-books for the first time, according to the New York Times.
Thomas Pynchon was the most recent big-name author to go e- for the first time.
The motivations for authors like Pynchon to go digital are unclear, though one could speculate that money is a prime motivator. DBW Expert Blogger Richard Curtis speculates that the main motivation for such writers is to be read. He tells the following personal anecdote:
Over a decade ago the e-book company I founded, E-Reads, generated its very first royalty statements, and sales were modest indeed. I happened to be having lunch with one of the authors who had put her book into our program, and when she asked how her novel was selling, I embarrassedly produced her statement. “We sold one copy.”
She gazed at the statement, with its meager single-digit performance, for a long time. Then she looked up wistfully at me. “I wonder who that person is.”
I’ve never forgotten her response, for it brought home to me the true, the only, reason that writers write: to be read.