Clive James, ebooks, freedom and crime

Via James Long at The Digitalist, I read that Clive James’s ‘intellectual autobiography’, Cultural Amnesia, is simultaneously being published in paperback and as the first in Pan Macmillan's series of ‘special edition’ eBooks, featuring extra material not available in the print version and including a specially written foreword by the author. James (Long) provides a widget of the beautiful cover of the book at his Digitalist post: you can click on it to start reading, listen to an audio excerpt, or add to your own website or blog. Both author and publisher have decided to make the ebook "DRM free", which means (I think) that you can read it in any e-reader not only in one company's.
At the Picador blog (publisher of the paperback), Clive James himself writes: "In hardback the book has done at least as well as any of my autobiographies, so I have high hopes for the paperback, which should be more in range of the student budget. The paperback will also be slightly less massive, which might mean that older people can read it with a smaller risk of being flattened. A complete unknown to me is how the eBook will do. I’m not entirely certain yet what an eBook is, but I prepared some special extra material for it just out of faith." Describing the huge programme of writing on which he's embarked, made possible by his "retirement from mainstream television", he says that his problem now is how to retire from his retirement while he can still walk.
One of his recent literary activities was recently sent to me by Dave Lull: an excellent essay in The New Yorker on crime fiction called Blood on the borders. I read this with great interest a month ago when Dave sent it to me and wanted to write a post on the thoughts it engendered. Time has passed and memory has failed, so I'll provide a simple link here in case you missed it and might also enjoy reading it.
And while on the topic of ebooks and freedom of reading, there's a post here at The Long Tail by Chris Anderson about Scott Sigler's book, Infected, and the publisher's strategy in making it free online for a limited time before its print publication. It's a great analysis of how publishers are thinking about and adapting to the Internet.