Quirk Books is offering a preview of its newest mash-up, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls, in two free downloadable chapters, announced trade resource Publishers Weekly on March 15. The book's first chapter was made available for free download on March 13, and the second is set to follow on March 19.
Readers can currently head to Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com, and the Sony eBookstore to download the first chapter of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls free of charge to any mobile reading device, including but not limited to the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Sony Reader.
The digital version of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls will be available for purchase and download in its entirety on March 23, 2010, the same day the title is set to appear in print form.
Quirk Books' first title,
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith, made US and UK bestseller lists, has been translated into 21 languages, and is now being made into a feature film.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls, by Steve Hockensmith, is a prequel to that title and a continuation of Quirk Books' Quirk Classics series, which combines "popular fanboy characters like ninjas, pirates, zombies and monkeys" with classic public domain book titles.
While offering free chapters of a forthcoming title is not an entirely new publishing trend, Quirk Books may be the first to offer a free portion of a book in electronic, serialized form.