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ProPublica Partners With Open Road On E-Books

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Digital publisher and multimedia company Open Road is partnering with investigative journalism nonprofit ProPublica on multiple e-books.

The first e-books will be available at the end of February and will be priced under $5. They will combine expanded versions of previously reported ProPublica stories with new introductions and other features, intended to entice readers into paying for content that is already free online — like “embedded photos, digital video, key documents, maps, sidebars and interviews with journalists and editors.”

ProPublica has already published four Kindle Singles that are available either free or for $0.99. The length of the new books will vary by title.

Many other news organizations, like the LA Times, Guardian and Washington Post (NYSE: WPO), have released e-singles. The ProPublica/Open Road partnership seems to stand out because the titles are enhanced with multimedia and other features.

The first titles are Presidential Pardons: Shades of Mercy, based on a series originally published in the Washington Post, and Post Mortem: Death In America, an “in-depth look at the nation’s dysfunctional coroner and medical examiner offices,” reported in partnership with NPR and Frontline.

“E-books are a very promising platform for publishing journalism with high impact, and therefore a critical venue for ProPublica,” said Paul Steiger, ProPublica editor-in-chief and CEO.