On March 22nd, 2016, six of Jack Kerouac’s books will be available as ebooks for the first time. These include his debut novel, The Town and the City. The aptly named Open Road Media has acquired the rights to digitally publish this and other books by the author, whose books were not previously available for ebook users. The Town and the City was originally published in 1950 by Harcourt Brace. The author was listed as “John Kerouac” and the story followed the life of young Peter Martin, based on Kerouac himself. Seven years later, Kerouac became a household name after his second novel, On the Road, was published.
Also released as an ebook for the first time is The Scripture of the Golden Eternity, a lesser known work by Kerouac concerning his Buddhist leanings. It is a collection of 66 poems made up of meditations, haiku, and koans. It draws upon Kerouac’s Buddhist readings and a “satori” incident he experienced, although “scripture” refers to Catholicism – the other religion that dominated much of his life.
The other books released through Open Road Media are: Old Angel Midnight, Good Blonde & Others, Scattered Poems, and Desolation Angels. Here are the covers:
Open Road also published the memoirs of Kerouac’s agent, Sterling Lord, his best friend, three works by John Clellon Holmes, and three novels by his former girlfriend, Joyce Johnson.
Kerouac’s works are mostly available on Amazon as more traditional paperback and hardcover versions.