E-book publishing at the speed of politics

E-book publishing may be able to move at internet speeds, but the world of politics doesn't always allow such a pace. Today, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing has finally released an eBook biography entitled "President George W. Bush" that it planned over a month ago.

The company had originally scheduled the release of an eBook biography of either Bush or Al Gore for 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 8, but was forced to delay publication until the uncertainty surrounding the election's outcome was resolved.

``We said we'd come out with an instant book about the new president -- but who knew 'instant' would be five weeks after the election,'' said Brenda Bowen, VP-publisher at the firm. ``The best news is that we're the first book for children -- or anyone -- with coverage of the election's aftermath.'' Beatrice Gormley, author of a number of nonfiction books for children, originally had written two separate books, each depicting the life of a candidate from childhood through nomination.

In recent weeks, Gormley and her editors have been writing and rewriting the final chapter with details of the events that followed election day. The book was completed yesterday.


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