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Friday, 12 January, 2001, 10:36 GMT
Leonard joins e-book authors
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George Clooney in Out of Sight, written by Elmore Leonard
Writer Elmore Leonard is to become the latest high-profile author to publish his next work as an e-book, despite not even owning a computer.


I don't feel that writing an e-book is at all different than writing a story for publication

Elmore Leonard

The 75-year-old author of Get Shorty, Out of Sight and Rum Punch, which were all turned into major Hollywood films, will publish his new novel, Fire in the Hole, on the net.

He follows Stephen King and Frederic Forsyth, who have already published work exclusively on the internet.

The world of e-publishing is still waiting the first global success, however, with horror writer Stephen King suspending his e-book venture when interest waned.

E-book publishing has yet to take off as a business but analysts forecast that digital book sales could reach $3bn a year, or 10% of total book sales, by the end of 2005.

Mr Leonard's book will be published via the online firm Contentville.

Westerns

"He was sort of in between publishers, and his agents were really interested in getting into the e-market," said Heather Byer, executive editor for Contentville.

"I don't feel that writing an e-book is at all different than writing a story for publication, apart from the fact that I won't be able to read it - at least not in my home - since I don't own a computer," Leonard said in a statement.

Mr Leonard has written more than 35 novels, although his first piece of a fiction was a play written as a 10-year-old in 1935.

He began his writing career as a novelist writing Westerns, but later switched to crime novels, for which he is best known.

He is renown for his terse, honest dialogue and snappy prose style.

While well-known as a crime writer he reached a wider audience when film makers began to adapt his novels in the mid 90s.

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