The first three titles in a series of books co-produced by Nolo and USA TODAY -- now in the final stages of production -- will be the standard bearers for a new relationship between two leaders of the print world.
Nolo, the premier publisher of legal information for consumers, and USA TODAY, the country's top-circulation newspaper, will team up to produce at least 12 books over the next two years. The first three, to be released in February, are:
-- The Busy Family's Guide to Money by USA TODAY journalists Sandra
Block, Kathy Chu and John Waggoner.
-- Retire Happy: What You Can Do NOW to Guarantee a Great Retirement, by
Nolo co-founder Ralph Warner and Nolo editor Rich Stim.
-- The Work From Home Handbook: Flex Your Time, Improve Your Life by Nolo
editor Diana Fitzpatrick and Stephen Fishman.
Each title in the new series incorporates material from USA TODAY's vast resources of data and graphics and Nolo's expertise in writing and editing do-it-yourself guides for consumers and small business owners. Averaging about 200 pages each, the guides will focus on legal and practical aspects of owning real estate, retiring, handling personal finances and other situations where law touches your life.
For USA TODAY, the partnership represents a new vehicle for delivering content beyond the traditional newspaper. In addition to Nolo, the company signed deals with five other book and calendar publishers for products ranging from sports and puzzle books and calendars to books about USA TODAY and its parent company, Gannett Co., Inc.
Nolo's website, http://www.nolo.com/, offers comprehensive, plain-English legal information and a wide array of electronic and traditional legal tools including online legal documents, guides, books and software.