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Amazon snags exclusive deal for e-editions

Yahoo writes: "Updike's four "Rabbit" novels are among 20 famous works coming out for the first time in electronic form, not through Knopf or another traditional publisher, but through Odyssey Editions, founded by the literary agency of Andrew Wylie, whose clients include the estates of Updike and Saul Bellow and such living authors as Salman Rushdie and Philip Roth. The books will be sold exclusively through Amazon.com, the leading e-book seller.

"As the market for e-books grows, it will be important for readers to have access in e-book format to the best contemporary literature the world has to offer," Wylie said in a statement Thursday. "This publishing program is designed to address that need, and to help e-book readers build a digital library of classic contemporary literature."

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