Bestselling Author Gavin de Becker Makes Electronic Editions of His Books Available Exclusively in Kindle Store
(Press Release) SEATTLE, Feb 08, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that Gavin de Becker, bestselling author and nationally recognized expert on the prediction and management of violence, has decided to make expanded and updated editions of two of his books, "The Gift of Fear" and "Just 2 Seconds," available in Amazon's Kindle Store (www.amazon.com/kindlestore). This is the first time "The Gift of Fear" has been available electronically, and both books will be exclusive to the Kindle Store for one year.
Kindle is the most gifted, most wished for and the No. 1 bestselling product across all categories on Amazon.com. The Kindle Store now includes over 410,000 books and the largest selection of the most popular books people want to read, including New York TimesBestsellersand New Releases.
"The nationally bestselling 'The Gift of Fear' is a perennial bestseller in its category, and de Becker's books have resonated throughout the years with our customers," said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President, Kindle Content. "We're excited to work with Mr. de Becker in sharing these exclusive electronic versions of his books, now available in the Kindle Store for wireless download in less than 60 seconds."
Gavin de Becker is the founder of a 200-person firm that provides consultation, protective services and assessment services to many of the world's most prominent figures in media, politics and culture, as well as advising government agencies, major corporations and universities. De Becker designed the MOSAIC systems used to screen threats to justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, CIA officials, members of Congress and the governors of 12 states. A frequent guest on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Larry King Live," and many other shows, his bestselling books on violence are published in 14 languages.
"Over the years, there have been about 25 different editions of 'The Gift of Fear,' and I am very excited that Kindle can free my books from the bonds of paper and glue and warehousing and shipping," said de Becker. "These special Kindle editions of my books can efficiently and instantly be available to readers around the world, and offer many benefits unavailable in conventional paper books. For example, while readers of the physical edition may or may not have had access to a nearby dictionary, Kindle readers can now see the definition of a word at the moment it's encountered. Now readers can also easily search for any reference, name, passage, topic or even individual word throughout the entire text."