Some new rules for the Booker Prize, including a provision that all shortlistees are made available as e-books after the announcement of the list. This is a nice way to make sure people can, you know, actually get and read the books. If they have a computer. And high speed. And ibuprofen for when your squinting eyes reach the final chapters. All rules here.
The Man Booker Prize has halved the time period during which a former Booker winner can be submitted for entry to the prize, unless the past victor’s book is included as part of a publisher’s two other submissions. Booker’s administrators are also now insisting that publishers of any longlisted books must provide the RNIB with an electronic text version of their title in order to produce and distribute Braille, giant print and audio formats of the titles on a not-for-profit basis.
Booker is also requiring that all shortlisted books be made available as e-books by the publishers within two weeks of the shortlist announcement.
As before, UK publishers may enter up to two full-length novels published between 1st October 2008 and 30th September 2009 and in addition any new title by an author who has previously won the Booker or Man Booker prize may also be submitted. However this year only those books by an author who has been shortlisted within the last five years (ie since and including 2004) is entitled to automatic entry. It had previously been within the last 10 years.