The Compulsive Reader: HarperTeen Impulse

Monday, November 26, 2012

HarperTeen Impulse

Yesterday there was an announcement in the New York Times about HarperCollins new e-book imprint, HarperTeen Impulse. The imprint will aim at producing short stories and novellas that are available in digital format. Click here to read the article.

You can also go to the HarperTeen Impulse website to see a list of upcoming short stories. Most of them seem to be stories that accompany already established series and novels published by HarperTeen--Courtney Allison Moulton and Sophie Jordan are among the names listed with short stories coming out to compliment their series.

Scott Westerfeld's short story "Stupid Perfect World" is also going to be released, which I am really excited about. The story first appeared in one of the Hell anthologies (I think it was Love is Hell), and I loved it. It was by far one of the best YA short stories I've read in a while, and I'm excited to see it get a little more attention with a re-release as its own entity with a cool cover. (Although, the cover says it's a novella and from what I remember it seemed to be more short story length--I wonder if it's been expanded?)

I am happy to see this imprint emerge, and I'm interested to see where it will go. I am a big fan of short stories, and for so long they were incredibly hard to find in YA because anthologies are such a hard sell for many teen readers. I love that technology has allowed for them to become more prominent, and I hope that this new imprint will mean that they'll be published on a larger platform, rather than just exclusively with one e-book retailer.

HarperTeen Impulse launched December 4th! What do you all think of the line-up?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That sounds pretty cool! I like the idea of this imprint : D