Man Booker Novels Will Be Available to All Online

In an effort to shake off its untouchable reputation, the Man Booker Prize is taking the radical step of placing all its shortlisted novels online, available free to anyone worldwide. Times Online reports…

Hearing about the initiative from The Times yesterday, Robin Robertson, deputy publishing director of Jonathan Cape; Enright’s publisher likened it to Radiohead’s experiment this month in which the new album, Rainbows, became downloadable on an honesty box basis.

Mr Robertson thought that a partial reproduction rather than an entire book was preferable. The news emerged as Enright, a 45-year-old Dubliner, became the 2007 winner of one of literature’ss most prestigious awards for her bleak Irish family saga, The Gathering.