American author Stephenie Meyer is set to let her fans read her new novella for free on the Internet.
Meyer, 36, who is famous for her Twilight saga, will let readers have access to the 192-page novella ‘The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner’ for a month.
The novella is a spin-off from Eclipse, the third book in the Twilight series, and it will be published simultaneously in Britain and America on June 5, and two days later it will be available to read for free online.
It will be on special website, www.breetanner.com, and it will remain online until July 5. The book will not be downloadable, only available to read online.
According to a spokesman, Meyer is allowing the book to be read for free online “as a special thank you to fans”.
The novella, published by Atom, an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group (UK), is the first new title from Meyer in nearly two years. The hardback will cost 11.99 pounds.
“I’m as surprised as anyone about this novella,” the Telegraph quoted Meyer as saying.
“When I began working on it in 2005, it was simply an exercise to help me examine the other side of Eclipse, which I was editing at the time.
“I thought it might end up as a short story that I could include on my website.
“Then, when work started on The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide, I thought the Guide would be a good fit for my Bree story.
“However, the story grew longer than I anticipated, until it was too long to fit into the Guide,” she said.
Sarah Clarke, children’s book buyer for Waterstone’s, added: “A new Twilight Saga book from Stephenie Meyer, no matter how short, is the best news in the world for her legions of fans, and great news for bookshops everywhere – this could be the biggest selling book of the year.”