Sci-Fi Publisher Orbit Expands E-Singles Program Internationally

Science fiction/fantasy publisher Orbit, which is part of Hachette Book Group, is expanding its short fiction e-offerings from the U.S. to the UK and other countries where Orbit titles are sold.

The program, which includes original fiction from Orbit authors, launched in the U.S. in April. “The digital short fiction market is clearly gaining momentum…The success of the program in the US has been very encouraging,” said Anne Clarke, the editorial director of Orbit UK, in a statement.

Orbit’s e-singles are available from a variety of etailers, including Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN), Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) and Kobo, and most are $1.99.

Science fiction/fantasy is one of the most popular e-book genres, with sci-fi publishers among those at the forefront of digital experimentation. The UK’s Angry Robot offers e-book subscriptions, for instance. Amazon launched its own sci-fi/fantasy/horror imprint, 47North, in October.