When I came to the Chicago Tribune as a cub copy editor, there was an old hand on the desk -- probably about the age I am now -- who used to smile and say, “Is this a great job or what? We get paid to read the newspaper.”
I think of that now with a new product we’ve launched at the Chicago Tribune: Our e-book collection. Along with Pete Reinwald, lead editor on this project, I get to survey the great work my colleagues have done at the Tribune and decide how to package it in e-book form.
In the last several months the Tribune has published nearly 30 e-books. Among them are a collection of Mary Schmich columns chosen by the Pulitzer Prize winner herself; a compendium of a favorite Tribune feature, 10 Things You Might Not Know; the photo book “Capone” that includes never-before-published portraits of the Chicago gangster; and a compilation of “Cheap Eats” restaurant reviews that speaks to both my appetite and my budget. The latest to hit the virtual shelves, “Golden Season,” chronicles Notre Dame’s rise to the No. 1 ranking in college football.
With partner Doug Seibold, president of Evanston-based Agate Publishing, we expect to publish dozens more e-books in coming months on topics ranging from politics to sports, food to theater, history to entertainment.
You can buy them at chicagotribuneebooks.com, or wherever e-books are sold. Or join digitalPLUS, whose members receive complimentary access to all e-books, at chicagotribune.com\members.
And let us know what stories you’d like to see in a future Tribune e-book. I’ll be happy to check them out.
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