Putin memoir to appear on Internet

Michael Pugliese debsian at pacbell.net
Wed Apr 19 17:53:15 PDT 2000

Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin will be emulating best-selling horror story writer Stephen King as a cyberspace author later this month. Mr Putin is making his translated memoirs ''First Person'' available on the Internet at the same time it lands in US bookstores on the weekend of April 29 and 30, US publisher PublicAffairs said yesterday. The publisher struck a deal with netLibrary, a Boulder, Colorado, electronic distributor that obtained exclusive rights to issue Mr Putin's book over the Internet on its Peanut Press website http://www.peanutpress.com. Readers will be able to read the book online by personal computer or on a Palm Pilot. ''First Person'' is based on interviews the former KGB security police spy Mr Putin did with three Russian journalists over a period of a week to 10 days. The memoir has been published in Russian but will not appear on the Internet in Cyrillic. (Media Central / Reuters, April 18, 2000)

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