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JEFF KINNEY'S BESTSELLING DIARY OF A WIMPY KID SERIES TO BE RELEASED AS E-BOOKS FOR THE FIRST TIME

THE OCTOBER 30, 2012, RELEASE OF BOOKS 1-6 AS E-BOOKS LEAD UP TO THE SIMULTANEOUS E-BOOK AND HARDCOVER RELEASE OF THE BIGGEST PRINT BOOK OF THE YEAR, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID BOOK 7, THE THIRD WHEEL, ON NOVEMBER 13, 2012

NEW YORK, NY, October 15 2012—Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS, announces today the release dates for the first-ever Diary of a Wimpy Kid e-books. Available for download on October 30, 2012, will be books 1-6 in the bestselling series. The seventh book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel, will also become available in e-book simultaneously with the publication of the hardcover book on November 13, 2012. As part of the branding of the series in e-book form, the books will carry their own name and logo, Wimp-E-Books.

Author and illustrator Jeff Kinney was involved in all aspects of the transformation of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books into e-book form. "It was important to me to make sure the books look just as good on the screen as they do on paper," said Jeff Kinney. "I'm thrilled at the way the books look on e-readers, tablets, and other devices, and I hope fans enjoy having them in digital format as much as they've enjoyed them as books." 

"The release of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series in e-book formats is a long awaited and much anticipated publishing event," said Michael Jacobs, President and CEO of Abrams. "The books are phenomenally successful, having reached over 75 million kids worldwide, and we believe making them available as e-books will be another great way for kids to read them and for booksellers to sell them."

Before the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books were published, stories from the first three books appeared digitally for free on the website www.funbrain.com, where they are still available. Books in the core series by Jeff Kinney include Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2007), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2008), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw (2009), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2009), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth (2010), and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever (2011). Jeff Kinney has also written and illustrated The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book and The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary. The series is a fixture on the USA Today bestseller list and the Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. It has also remained consistently in the top spots on the New York Times lists since publication of the first book in the series in 2007.

More than 75 million Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are in print in 41 languages in more than 44 countries around the world. Published by Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS, Kinney's work has been widely praised for its ability to turn reluctant readers on to books. Jeff Kinney was named one of Time magazine's most influential people in the world. There are three major motions pictures based on the books, which grossed more than $200 million worldwide in box office sales. The book series won Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in 2010, 2011, and 2012, and Jeff Kinney won a Children's Choice Book Award in 2012. Books in the series have won numerous awards voted on by students and teachers in schools around the globe. The Wimpy Kid Island, Wimpy Wonderland, on www.poptropica.com, remains one of the most visited on the site.

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Jason M. Wells
Executive Director, Publicity and Marketing
Abrams Books for Young Readers/Amulet Books
115 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011
office: 212-229-8826 mobile: 646-456-5446 fax: 212-366-0809
jwells@abramsbooks.com

 

Founded by Harry N. Abrams in 1949,ABRAMS was the first company in the United States to specialize in the creation and distribution of art and illustrated books. Now a subsidiary of La Martinière Groupe, the company publishes visually stunning illustrated books in the areas of art, photography, cooking, interior and garden design, craft, architecture, entertainment, fashion, sports, and pop culture, as well as children's books and general interest titles. The company's imprints include Abrams, Abrams ComicArts, Abrams Image, Abrams Books for Young Readers, Amulet Books, Abrams Appleseed, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, and STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books. Abrams also distributes books for The Vendome Press, Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate, Royal Academy of Arts, Booth-Clibborn Editions, Five Continents, and others.