Open Road Buys E-Reads

Digital publisher Open Road Integrated Media has announced the acquisition of E-Reads, the e-book publisher run by literary agent Richard Curtis. E-Reads was founded in 1999 and is “the oldest independent digital publisher in the field,” with a catalog of about 1,200 mostly backlist SF/fantasy titles. The deal should close on April 1, 2014, after which the E-Reads website will be closed and the acquired titles incorporated into the Open Road site. The acquisition will increase the Open Road e-book catalog to about 5,400 titles.