Book publishing is not known for its speediness. Rather than breaking news, nonfiction books give readers the whole story of an event and its context within the larger picture.

They have to, because it takes a while to write, edit, layout, copy-edit, manufacture and distribute a book.

But with the growing use of eBook publishing tools, digital book production timelines are getting really short. Within days of Bin Laden’s death, eBooks on the subject began popping up. Random House released a collection of essays about the Al Qaeda leader’s death called Beyond Bin Laden: America and the Future of Terror in less than two weeks. Read more