Villard Books Publishes Salon's Collection of Travel Stories From Around the Globe
Salon.com (Nasdaq: SALN) ( http://www.salon.com ), a premier Internet media company, announced today that Villard Books, a division of Random House, has just published "Salon.Com's Wanderlust: Real-Life Tales of Adventure and Romance." The collection features nearly 40 first-person essays by such renowned travel writers as Isabele Allende, Carlos Fuentes, Jan Morris, Pico Iyer and Simon Winchester. Edited by Salon travel columnist Don George and inspired by the award-winning travel writing on Salon.com, this is Salon's third book published during the last two years.
"We're excited about the release of Salon's new travel book, 'Wanderlust,' and the continuing efforts to showcase and extend our brand offline," says Michael O'Donnell, CEO and president of Salon.com. "With the support and distribution efforts of our publishing partner, Random House's Villard Books, we look forward to reaching the expansive community of travelers around the world looking for inspiration and entertainment."
Salon.com's second book, "The Salon.com Reader's Guide to Contemporary Authors," was published by Penguin Books in August, 2000. Edited by Salon Books editor, Laura Miller, The Reader's Guide is an opinionated and irreverent look at more than 200 of the most fascinating writers of our time - - from Margaret Atwood to Tobias Wolff. Written by an international cast of critics and reviewers, the collection features author profiles, recommended reading lists, and reviews.
In May 1999, Villard also published Salon.com's first book, "Mothers Who Think: Tales of Real-Life Parenthood," an anthology of personal essays that originally appeared on its "Mothers Who Think" site. It received excellent reviews and recently garnered the prestigious American Book Award. A national bestseller, the book is now out in paperback and has entered its fifth printing.
Adds O'Donnell, "Salon's three books, along with our syndication agreements, Internet audio efforts and wireless partners, further cements Salon's reputation as a premier content brand -- online, offline, available anywhere, anytime."
About Salon: Founded in 1995, Salon.com is a leading Internet media company that produces a network of 12 award-winning, original content sites; maintains Salon Shop, an e-commerce gateway; and hosts two communities -- Table Talk and The WELL. In May 2000, Salon acquired MP3Lit.com, the pioneering Web site offering quality spoken word and audio literature recordings. In October,2000, Salon.com launched Salon Audio, a site offering 24 hour music programming, daily downloads and streaming audio from Salon's favorite columnists, as well as hundreds of downloadable versions of short stories, poems and interviews in MP3 and Real Audio formats. Over 530 companies have advertised on Salon.com including IBM, Lexus, Microsoft, EDS, Hewlett-Packard, Mastercard, AskJeeves, Virgin Megastore Online, Kimberly Clark, and Intel. In December 1999, Salon.com announced a content and equity agreement with Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation and NBC. Strategic distribution partners include America Online (AOL), Reuters, TheStreet.com, CNN.com and CNet as well as wireless innovator AvantGo. The site had 2.6 million unique visitors in September 2000 as audited by ABC Interactive, a subsidiary of the Audit Bureau of Circulations.