I was very excited, Gentle Reader, to hear that Orbit is offering an ebook bundle of the first 3 Parasol Protectorate books on their Orbital Drop). (I like the term bundle, it makes me think of warm knitwear.) For the month of July, you can purchase Soulless, Changeless, and Blameless together for $9.99 across digital retailers.
Orbit US often does digital deals like this with their authors. I’ve been eager since I signed with them to do some kind of ebook special. Many of my best writer friends, and favorite new authors, produce more for the ebook market than the print, but it always seemed awe-inspiring territory to me.
Contrary to some rather odd rumors, Fellow Reader, I am a fan of ebooks. It was glorious to be excavating in Peru, run out of material, hop online, and buy an ebook. Also, you may have noticed that I am a bit of a thrift shopper, and as a result, a Collector of Stuff. Yet I am also a purger, for I move around so much I can’t keep many objects (and when I do, it’s usually shoes). The glamorous life of a writer/archaeologist involves a good deal of couch-surfing. As a result, I tend to favor any device that allows for the maximum collection of books in the minimum amount of space ~ it’s tidy.
I like tidy. As said in Cold Comfort Farm, “Like Jane Austen, neither of us could abide a mess.”
On the other hand, many of my favorite books are out of print yet never became popular enough to warrant an e-release. Unless the author chooses to put them out herself they may never find an electronic home. Also, I admit to being one of those readers who enjoys an old fashioned book in her hands, although carpel tunnel may eventually put and end to that romantic notion. In addition, I find research much easier on paper.
But I don’t believe one has to choose to self identify with one or the other. There is much to recommend both sides. I am confused by the factioning of readership. This may come as a shock, but I believe it is possible to enjoy both *gasp* ebooks and print books. I know, I know, crazy talk! I can’t afford an ereader yet, but, as a reader, I hope to one day find a device that suits my needs and a publicity model that allows everyone to embrace reasonable pricing.
As a teaser for the future, I’m also intending to put some short stories up in e-form within the next year. I simply haven’t had the time to learn how to format them properly. Like my website, I believe it is something I ought to know how to code, fix, and maintain myself (but I’m such a technophobe, wish me luck).
Katie’s review of Heartless.
You’ll have to forgive me if this is a repeat, for some reason my alerts aren’t working very well.
Quote of the Day:
“Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.”
~ Stephen Fry