Stephen King, the first best-selling author to experiment with e-books, is enjoying success with what his US publisher Simon & Schuster describes as 'a ground-breaking original series of 25 short graphic video episodes' based on a previously unpublished short story. 'N' is a collaboration between Scribner, S&S Digital, Marvel Entertainment and CBS Mobile, and the comic-style video adaptation has been specifically designed for viewing on small-screen platforms. It's the story of a psychiatrist who becomes the victim of the same mysterious and deadly obsession as his patient and it's culled from King's short story collection Just After Sunset, published in the US last Tuesday. Marvel will publish it next year as a comic-book mini-series.
'N' has been viewed more than a million times since its launch on 25 July and is available at www.NisHere.com, the site created specifically for the series, via mobile phones through major providors and at leading content websites through the CBS Audience Network. It can also be purchased at iTunes and Amazon.com. Ellie Hirschhorn, Executive Vice-President and Chief Digital Officer at S&S US, is'thrilled at this extremely enthusiastic reponse from customers to this new visual method of storytelling ' which has proven to be 'both an effective promotion for our traditional publishing.'