James Patterson, one of the United States’ bestselling novelists, has a new agreement with Hachette Book Group. Soon, we’ll be seeing pop novellas at store checkstands next to the snack foods, and please don’t scoff.
When I’m in the right mood, I enjoy reading Mr. Patterson’s books. At home, there are always a couple of them within reach when the mood hits, and most of us can count on airport shops having paperback editions in stock when we’re getting ready to board a long flight.
Mr. Patterson’s fiction is ideal for times when we want print entertainment which isn’t too taxing. His name appears on middle school and young adult titles, and those books are getting some kids interested in reading.
The new novella series is something along those lines, for adults. The author hopes the books will help people cut back their hours in front of the TV. They’ll be available in print, audio and electronic formats, and we should hope public libraries will have them.
Here’s a link to a New York Times article on the topic: