WASHINGTON (June 20, 2006)–National bestsellers THE GOSPEL OF JUDAS and THE LOST GOSPEL: The Quest for the Gospel of Judas Iscariot will be available in the United States both as e-books and in Spanish next month. The e-books are the first that National Geographic has ever published. The two translated Judas Gospel volumes are the first Spanish-language books that National Geographic will release onto the U.S. retail market.
The e-book versions of THE GOSPEL OF JUDAS (ISBN 978-1-4262-0079-3; $20) and THE LOST GOSPEL: The Quest for the Gospel of Judas Iscariot (ISBN 978-1-4262-0080-9; $25) will be published in four formats: Adobe, eReader (Palm), Microsoft and Mobipocket. Distributed by Random House, they will be available for purchase wherever e-books are sold online.
E-books can be read on a variety of devices, including handhelds such as smartphones and PDAs as well as dedicated e-book readers and computers.
Spanish translations EL EVANGELIO DE JUDAS (ISBN 978-1-4262-0062-5; $14.95; paperback) and EL EVANGELIO PERDIDO, La Búsqueda Del Evangelio De Judas Iscariote (ISBN 978-1-4262-0061-8: $19.95; paperback) will be distributed on the retail market by Random House Spanish, a new division at Random House established to handle sales and distribution of Spanish-language books.
THE GOSPEL OF JUDAS is the first modern translation of an ancient Coptic document that was hidden in the Egyptian desert for nearly 1,700 years. The gospel reveals an alternative view of the relationship between Judas and Jesus, and offers new insight into early Christian beliefs about the disciple who betrayed Jesus.
THE LOST GOSPEL, by award-winning documentary filmmaker and writer Herbert Krosney, is a compelling, exhaustively researched account of the 1,700-year journey of the manuscript that contains the only known copy of the Gospel of Judas. It follows the trail of the gospel across three continents, through the secretive world of the international antiquities trade, its contents glimpsed only a few times between long periods of inactivity in less-than-ideal storage conditions.
“National Geographic Books is uniquely positioned to play a key role in Society-funded initiatives providing people with in-depth information so they can further explore exciting discoveries,” said Nina Hoffman, National Geographic executive vice president and president of the Book Publishing Group. “We’re delighted to work with our partners to share the Gospel of Judas and publish the first modern translation in a variety of formats so people can learn more about early Christian history.”
THE LOST GOSPEL is now also available as a 9.5-hour audiobook on eight CDs (National Geographic Books, ISBN 1-4262-0057-9, $44.95).