e-Keeping up with the Times

by Zach Chotzen-Freund

in TCG Books

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The next time you want to curl up with a new TCG title or revisit a favorite published play, you may not need to visit the bookshelf. Every week more TCG titles are finding their way into eBook form, as we work to keep up with an ever-evolving book world. TCG eBooks aren’t exactly new – our first ones went live back in August of 2009 – but in recent weeks TCG’s catalog has entered its e-prime.

Currently, there are nearly seventy TCG Books available in digital form: you can find them on bookstore websites for Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, and numerous other e-reader platforms. The digital catalog includes nine Pulitzer Prize-winning plays and offers multiple titles from beloved authors such as Tony Kushner, Sarah Ruhl, Suzan-Lori Parks, and countless others. And this is new: the full list of available eBooks can now be found on the TCG website, and our 2012 Publications Catalog designates the titles that are e-vailable for digital consumption. These new developments will take the guesswork out of e-reading: you can see which of your favorite plays are on the list and plan accordingly.

So what happens next? Well, we’re continuing to expand our digital catalog as quickly and comprehensively as possible. We’re winding our way through TCG’s backlist, digitizing and negotiating eBook rights for books published long before the digital era. At the same time, we’re releasing our new titles in both paper and digital forms. Hot new books like Anne Bogart’s Conversations with Anne and David Mamet’s Keep Your Pantheon (and School) are in the process of conversion, and upcoming titles like David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish aren’t far behind. With this combination of old and new titles, we expect to have 100 eBook titles available by the time summer rolls around. And we think that’s pretty e-xciting!

Zach Chotzen-Freund is the Publications Associate at TCG. He has worked at The Public Theater, Second Stage Theatre, and at Actors Theatre of Louisville, where he assisted (direction and dramaturgy) on fourteen plays, including seven Humana Festival world premieres. Most recently, he was the dramaturg for the world premiere of Greg Kotis’ Michael Von Siebenburg Melts Through the Floorboards at the 2012 Humana Festival. He is a director, playwright, dramaturg, and a co-founding artistic director of The Rascal People, a fledgling ensemble. He lives in Brooklyn and holds a B.A. in English and Drama from Stanford University.