His guides to New Zealand's flora and fauna have established his reputation as one of the country's foremost writers of natural history for children and adults. Arriving in New Zealand from his native England in , Crowe spent six months living in a cave. Fifteen of Crowe's books have been finalists for New Zealand's national children's book awards, and he has won major awards five times: Which Native Forest Plant? In , Crowe received the Elsie Locke Award. Which New Zealand Bird?
His books, many of which he designs and illustrates himself, show a strong interest in visual language. Among his more than 40 titles are the popular "Which?
Many of these use a unique and appropriately-named 'tree diagram' format to help the reader identify plants quickly and simply by looking at their leaves, bark or flowers. His range of books and other publications make New Zealand's natural history accessible to beginners of any age. Many a distracted teacher, parent or gardener, and many an inquiring child, will come upon it with cries of joy and sobs of gratitude. The Dalai Lama's early life, from his childhood in the worlds largest palace, to his friendship with Austrian POW Heinrich Harrer, to his escape through the Himalayas to India, is vividly told in this biography.
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Last month, top literary agent Andrew Wylie caused a stir in publishing circles when he announced that his new venture, Odyssey Editions, would issue e-books of selected older works from authors he represents -- including some major names -- under a two-year exclusive with Amazon AMZN. But the question of who actually owns the digital rights to works written before e-books were even a gleam in the publishing industry's eye is still unanswered, making Wylie's play for those titles a move that was guaranteed to raise disputes.
Indeed, the announcement upset Random House to the point where it declared it would no longer do business with Wylie, who represents many important authors both living and dead including John Updike, Philip Roth and Roberto Bolano.
Now, though, that e-book experiment has reached a coda, and the warring factions have ceased their battle. In a joint statement issued Tuesday afternoon, the Wylie Agency and Markus Dohle, CEO of Bertelsmann-owned Random House, jointly announced they had "resolved their differences" over who had the right to publish 13 of the 20 backlist titles originally available through Wylie's Odyssey Editions.
That means Amazon has lost its exclusive window, and the once-disputed titles will be available on all platforms through which Random House sells e-books.
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The settlement also means Random House will once again be able to acquire new books from Wylie's stable of authors, which means writers who have ongoing relationships with any of Random House's many imprints can breathe a sigh of relief that those cords won't be severed for reasons other than their choosing. Conversely, some may be annoyed to have lost an easy opportunity to try their luck elsewhere. Neither the Wylie Agency nor Amazon responded to requests for comment, but The Financial Times learned the deal was brokered through two hourlong meetings between Dohle and Wylie and was ultimately "consistent with agreements [Random House has] reached with other literary agencies for other backlist e-book rights.
Unsurprisingly, these conversations are and always will be confidential.
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But each of them has been conducted in a spirit of openness and flexibility about overall deal points and specific financial issues on our side, and for the most part, on theirs as well. Founder Peter Collingridge declined to comment, but Appelbaum said that for now, Random House will make use of those e-files "for the moment in order to immediately service our e-retailer pan-universe. As to figuring out who won or lost in the settlement, the bigger question is whether Wylie ever intended to be a digital publisher, or even fully understood what it meant.
The origins of Odyssey Editions seemed scatter-shot and unfocused at best, starting with a May 11 incorporation filing with in state of Delaware, and a website domain registration six days later, on May 17, through the Wylie Agency, not Odyssey. Andrew Wylie first expressed public frustration about how large publishing houses handle their digital backlists in late June to Harvard Magazine , but magazine lead times being what they are, those remarks were likely made weeks before the issue went to press -- which makes the time frame from Odyssey Editions' inception to its launch seem less abrupt than it was perceived at the time.
But even for 20 titles -- or just seven, as the case may be now -- being an e-publisher is not just about finding a company to do the dirty work of file formatting, then handing over exclusive rights to a retailer as the path of least resistance. To be successful requires a solid infrastructure that multitasks the concerns of authors, publishers, distributors and technology companies.
Considering that it's the offspring of a literary agency that represents authors and employs far fewer personnel to handle those rights, Odyssey Editions smacks of a water-dipped toe, a publicity ploy, rather than a deep commitment to digital publishing. The flippant answer is that no one really knows yet, even as Amazon's newest version of the Kindle sells out faster than any other device they've made and the e-book market continues to grow.