Congratulations to James Long, on his appointment to head of digital development for Pan Macmillan books. A very wise decision on the part of Macmillan. James's well-deserved promotion is part of a restructuring of the digital and audio departments at the publisher, as described in this Bookseller blog post.
Here's a sample of a recent post by James, about a book called Cliffhanger by T. J. Middleton, which in true literary spirit, James read near the best coastal cliff he could find. The book is an e-version of a title that was published as a conventional hardback: but the e-book (DRM-free – that is, without the ‘wrapper’ that ties the ebook file to a specific device) reveals, as James writes, "an alternative ending, a missing love scene, and other small changes not yet changed… character names, details of plot, and so on. To give us a broader understanding of why it’s an exciting accompaniment to the print book, we asked the key people involved in its creation to give us their perspective on the idea….."
The special editions ebook programme now includes Clive James's Cultural Amnesia, Sid Smith's China Dreams and Adrian Tchaikovsky's Empire in Black and Gold. You can read more about these projects by following James's links at the bottom of his Cliffhanger post.
Well done, James; I am sure we'll be reading about many future imaginative projects using the digital medium as you get to grips with your new role.