The Winter of Our Discontent is the Twelfth Steinbeck Work to be Published as a Penguin eBook

New York, New York, October 1, 2008

This past June eleven of John Steinbeck's titles were published for the first time as eBooks under the Penguin Classic imprint. THE WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT will be the twelfth title by the iconic American writer to be published in eBook format. It will be released simultaneously as a new Penguin Classic, with an introduction and notes by Steinbeck scholar Susan Shillinglaw. Both the eBook and paperback will be priced at $15. THE WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT will also be a VP Book Club selection as well as the featured title for Amazon.com's Book Club Destination which will re-launch in October.

"This is the perfect book for book clubs," said John Fagan, Penguin Group (USA)'s eBooks Marketing Director. "It's themes of immigration, moral degeneration, and greed are as relevant today as they were in the early sixties. The works of Steinbeck are perennial bestsellers and we're happy to be able to offer them now to the eBook community."

In awarding John Steinbeck the 1962 Nobel Prize for Literature, the Nobel committee stated that with THE WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT, he had, "resumed his position as an independent expounder of the truth, with an unbiased instinct for what is genuinely American." A meditation on American morality, the novel is about Ethan Allen Hawley, who works as a clerk in the grocery store that his family once owned. With the decline in their status, his wife is restless, and his teenage children are hungry for the tantalizing material comforts he cannot provide. Then one day, in a moment of moral crisis, Ethan decides to take a holiday from his own scrupulous standards.

The publication of John Steinbeck's works in eBook format is part of Penguin's mission to always connect readers to writers in whatever format the reader prefers. THE WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT will be followed by THE LONG VALLEY, THE PASTURES OF HEAVEN, THE LOG FROM THE SEA OF CORTEZ, THE WAYWARD BUS, AMERICA AND AMERICANS AND SELECTED NONFICTION, A RUSSIAN JOURNAL, THE SHORT REIGN OF PIPPIN IV, IN DUBIOUS BATTLE, TO A GOD UNKNOWN, BURNING BRIGHT and THE MOON IS DOWN thus making Steinbeck's complete canon available as eBooks.

For more information, contact: Maureen Donnelly, 212-366-2272