Donald Katz's Critically-Acclaimed HOME FIRES Now Available as E-Book and Digital Download
Donald Katz is best-known today as the visionary behind Audible, the world's largest seller and producer of audiobooks and other spoken-word content. Prior to founding the Amazon subsidiary, which today serves millions and includes more than 150,000 digital audio titles, Katz was an award-winning author and journalist for twenty years. His 1992 book Home Fires, called "mesmerizing, important" by The New York Times, was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. Home Fires is now available as an ebook and a digital audiobook; both editions include a new introduction by bestselling author Jonathan Alter, who calls the book "an astonishing record of the last four decades of the 20th century." Katz produced the audiobook, narrated by award-winning actor Joe Barrett, via Audible's Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX). The ebook, made possible via author services company Archer, and the audiobook download will be followed by a wide trade paperback release in fall 2014.
"I may have moved on from the writing life, but I continue to hear from readers who only relate to me as the author of Home Fires, by far my best book, and a labor of love that occupied many years of my life-as has Audible.com. People continue to tell me how much Home Fires has meant to them," said Katz. "When Audible introduced ACX, which enables authors to create audiobooks online using talented narrators who sign up to be part of the system, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to give the book a new life and a new audience while experiencing firsthand how user-friendly the ACX platform is for authors. I am also thrilled Home Fires is now available again to a new generation of readers thanks to Archer, Lisa Weinert's innovative new service for professional creators."
"When I heard Joe Barrett's masterful interpretation of John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany, I knew he had to narrate Home Fires," added Katz. "His ability to embody characters, and add a profound interpretive intimacy to my prose, transcends the text."
Home Fires is the debut release for Archer, a custom cross-format author services company, founded by Lisa Weinert/LWC, whose marketing approach puts the author back at the center of the process. The ebook is available for purchase on all platforms, and the audiobook is available for download at Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. Home Fires is also enabled for Whispersync for Voice, which means that readers and listeners can switch seamlessly between the Kindle ebook and the Audible audiobook without losing their place.
All proceeds from the sale of the ebook and audio editions of Home Fires will go to the Audible Scholars Program, which has provided internships and financial support to Newark students since 1997.