A new unauthorized biography of Angelina Jolie reached number one in its category on Amazon Tuesday, once again fueling debate about the dominant role of eBooks in today's increasingly high-tech publishing ecosystem.
"The project has been in the works for over a year," says author Bradley Santoro, whose latest unauthorized biography chronicles Jolie's controversial life, career, and decisions.
Due to the immediacy of electronic publishing, the new work was able to include Jolie's recent choice to undergo a preventative double mastectomy.
Angelina Jolie: From Crazy to Courageous, which was published last week, has reached No. 1 in the category of Angelina Jolie books on Amazon - a subcategory of the Rich and Famous category, of which the ebook is also in the top 100.
"Jolie inspired millions, but also managed to bring out the worst in her critics," explains Santoro, who comprehensively researched Jolie's past, interviewing sources close to the Academy Award winning actress and her equally accomplished actor fiance, Brad Pitt.
"There are so many misunderstandings about Angelina's personality, personal transformation, her faith, her politics, her relationship with friends and family, and where she ultimately wants to be in life," Santoro says. "This work sheds light on all of that and more in a fresh way that isn't complicated by unfounded rumors and gossip."
Subject matter aside, the overnight success of this new eBook underscores expectations from leading publishers and industry analysts who believe that eBook sales will accelerate even further in 2013.
Angelina Jolie: From Crazy to Courageous is available now for $4.95 exclusively on Amazon. Amazon Prime subscribers can download the eBook at no charge.