When Amazon Publishing first got its feet wet in the industry in May of this year with the announcement that it was stocking the executive staff of its new publishing house with some of the most respected names in the business, it still wasn’t enough to keep the wheels of the rumor mill from declaring that the book giant’s new venture would never work. As recently as a week ago, news sites have been covering commentary from people who follow the publishing industry, claiming that Amazon Publishing is struggling amidst fears from agents and editors who would never send their bestselling authors to a publishing house that is so unproven, that only mid-list authors would be relegated to the new imprint.
In a press release issued by Amazon Publishing today, the imprint has announced its most recent acquisition, Timothy Ferriss, author behind the bestselling lifestyle series based on the concept of Four Hours. Titles such as The Four-Hour Body and The Four-Hour Workweek have been translated into 35 languages and spent more than four years on the New York Times bestseller list. Amazon Publishing has acquired his most recent title, The Four-Hour Chef.
“My decision to collaborate with Amazon Publishing wasn’t just a question of which publisher to work with,” said Tim Ferriss in the release from the publisher. “It was a question of what future of publishing I want to embrace. My readers are migrating irreversibly into digital, and it made perfect sense to work with Amazon to try and redefine what is possible. This is a chance to really show what the future of books looks like, and to deliver a beautiful experience to my readers, who always come first. I could not be more excited about what we’re doing.”
It makes perfect sense that an author whose goal is to change the way we view the current practices of our lifestyles would join forces with a publishing house that wants to incorporate all the ways the people read into its network of business models. Amazon has developed three separate and distinct publishing options under its logo: Kindle Direct Publishing is the ebook-only indie publishing division, CreateSpace produces self-published print editions of books and makes them available for purchase through Amazon.com, and Amazon Publishing is the more traditional agent submission-only imprint.
Ferriss’ latest extends 4-hour lifestyle philosophies to cooking and food
SEATTLE—August 16, 2011—(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon.com, Inc. today announced that Amazon Publishing’s first major acquisition by its New York imprint is the next book in Timothy Ferriss’ #1 New York Times best-selling “4-hour” series, “The 4-Hour Chef.” Ferriss is author of the #1 New York Times best sellers “The 4-Hour Body” and “The 4-Hour Workweek,” the latter of which has been sold into 35 languages and has been on the New York Times best seller list for more than four years. “The 4-Hour Chef,” which is expected to be released in April 2012, will be published in print, enhanced digital and audio formats by the New York-based imprint of Amazon Publishing headed by Larry Kirshbaum. Ferriss’ literary agent, Stephen Hanselman of LevelFiveMedia, represented the author in this world rights deal.
The new full-length book builds upon Ferriss’ “4-hour” philosophy by transforming the way we cook and eat. Featuring recipes and cooking guidelines from world-renowned chefs and interspersed with the revolutionary advice Ferriss’ fans have come to expect, “The 4-Hour Chef” is a practical but unusual guide to mastering food and cooking, whether you are a seasoned pro or a blank-slate novice. The book also showcases the very best recipes based on Ferriss’ The Slow-Carb Diet, which thousands of his readers have tested for fat loss and performance enhancement.
“My decision to collaborate with Amazon Publishing wasn’t just a question of which publisher to work with,” said Tim Ferriss. “It was a question of what future of publishing I want to embrace. My readers are migrating irreversibly into digital, and it made perfect sense to work with Amazon to try and redefine what is possible. This is a chance to really show what the future of books looks like, and to deliver a beautiful experience to my readers, who always come first. I could not be more excited about what we’re doing.”
“Like every book Tim has published to date, ‘The 4-Hour Chef’ is a watershed work, and an ideal way to launch our new publishing imprint in New York,” said Larry Kirshbaum, VP and Publisher, Amazon Publishing, New York.
Ferriss, nominated as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People of 2007” and Forbes Magazine’s “Names You Need to Know in 2011,” is author of the #1 New York Times best sellers “The 4-Hour Body” and “The 4-Hour Workweek,” the latter of which has been sold into 35 languages and has been on the New York Times best seller list for more than four years. He is an angel investor (StumbleUpon, Facebook, Digg, Twitter, et al), guest lecturer at Princeton University, and faculty member at Singularity University, based at NASA Ames Research Center. Newsweek calls Tim “the world’s best guinea pig,” which he takes as a compliment.
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