Friday, 14 September 2012

Orion Publishers launch the Murder Room

The Orion Publishing Group today announced the launch of THE MURDER ROOM, a dedicated website which makes out-of-print and hard to find classic crime novels available as eBooks. The website was launched today, 14 September 2012, at Bloody Scotland crime festival.

THE MURDER ROOM brings together some of the finest writers of crime and thriller fiction – names like James M. Cain, Anthony Price, Jim Thompson and George V. Higgins, whose books have inspired a new generation of writers. It launches with one hundred and fifty titles, with another hundred available before the end of the year.

THE MURDER ROOM is a meeting place for crime fans, an opportunity to discuss, recommend and discover a wealth of classic crime novels available to buy as eBooks - many of which have not been accessible for a generation. The website will also contain news, features, competitions and interviews with contemporary novelists talking about the writers that have inspired them.

In the twenty years since the Orion Publishing Group was founded, it has established itself as the home of crime, publishing luminaries such as Ian Rankin, Elmore Leonard, Michael Connelly and Harlan Coben. In building this reputation Orion has looked to the future, discovering exciting new authors, but also embraced the legacy of vintage crime fiction, with its acclaimed Crime Masterworks series. THE MURDER ROOM now brings together past, present and future masters of crime, together under one exciting roof.  

Jon Wood, Fiction Publisher Director, Orion Publishing Group says:

“The Murder Room is a really exciting project for Orion, and a wonderful opportunity to bring great authors and their books to fans who might not have had the chance to read these titles before now. We hope that through discussions and recommendations on The Murder Room, and contemporary writers enthusing about their inspirations, a new generation will discover a world of classic crime and thriller fiction.”

The current list of authors and title available can be found here on an adjoining blog post.

THE MURDER ROOM is the second in the Orion Publishing Group’s ground-breaking digital projects, following the launch of Gollancz’s SF GATEWAY - the world’s largest digital SFF library. GATEWAY has made thousands of out-of-print genre titles available digitally, and in its first year has sold over 150,000 eBooks.

For further information about THE MURDER ROOM contact:
Angela McMahon | | 020 7520 4469

For further information about SF GATEWAY contact:
Jonathan Weir | | 020 7520 4314

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