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Listening In On Iain M. Banks

Orbit is pleased to note that this September, you’ll be able to hear as well as read Iain M. Banks’ forthcoming novel TRANSITION. Little, Brown UK announced today that the audio version will be simultaneously released as a free serialized podcast, starting on publication day, September 3.

After the first installment, there will be 23 further 15-minute episodes released on iTunes in the US and UK, every Thursday and Saturday for 12 weeks, until the entire novel is available.

Maja Thomas, vice president of digital publishing for Hachette Livre said “Hachette Digital is very pleased to participate in this collaborative marketing on an author we’re publishing internationally, and to bring Iain Banks to new listeners through iTunes.”

And, what does Mr. Banks have to say? “I had barely caught up with the later half of the Twentieth Century when here I am being ensnarled by gizmology from the Twenty-First. I am left breathless by the pace of technology.”

  1. David Lomax

    July 24, 2009
    at 2:35 pm

    This is great news. Other great news would be that the ebook will be released simultaneously, that all of Banks’ other work will be released on ebook format, and that a new Jack Womack book will be coming out. And that all of Mr. Womack’s books will be released in ebook format. And a pony.

  2. Patrokles Carroll

    August 28, 2009
    at 5:44 am

    A new Banksie! At last! Gimmee paper(my mater was a bookworm)and a mutant pony-type creature.

  3. Norman Tate

    August 29, 2009
    at 2:01 am

    I have long awaited Iain’s next book, Whether it be Sci/Fi or ordinary fiction novel. I have been a great fan of his over the years and think he is one of the best ever of Scotlands writers.The only question is, when will the book be available in the bookshops?

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