Ebooks for a Snowy day

Most of this made the rounds on twitter a couple a days ago but Night Shade books sells their titles through the Baen Webscription page at $6 a piece.  Even cooler is that it bundles monthly released title into discounted packages ranging from about $20 for 5 titles up to $32 for 8 titles depending on the package.

The Baen titles are nothing to sneeze at either!  Indeed it’s hard to argue at every Vorkosigan title by Lois McMaster Bujold at $5 a piece!  There’s also the Honor Harrington series from David Weber.  Or maybe every book in the Lord of the Isles series by David Drake for $15?  Don’t forget Baen’s Free Library titles as well.   On the slightly more expensive side, though still a nice deal if you ask me, is the Fafhrd and Grey Mouser collection on sale for $35 (7 books).

Some neat stuff and definitely a service I’ll be keeping my eye on in the future.  Happy reading!

Angry Robot

This hit the web news the other day but Angry Book has an interesting offer for for the upcoming Walking the Tree. For print readers who purchase the title they are providing some sample chapters from a novella featuring one of characters from the novel.  In fact the novella, as far as I can tell, features a portion of the novel from that character’s, Morace’s, point of view.  The book will feature a website and download code for the rest of the novel while ebook purchasers will get the ebook already downloaded and ready to go when they purchase Walking the Tree.

Of course that would require Angry Robots’ books being available here in the States.  That won’t be happening until May.  Angry Robot Books is an exciting new imprint as far as I’m concerned and I am more than a little frustrated about the slow crawl across the Atlantic.

More info on the deal and the Angry Robot’s authors and titles can be found here.

eBooks – e + i = Badass!?

Jim Lynch, from Extremetech has a decent discussion of the possibility of an Apple produced eBook reader; including a nice summary of supporting rumors floating around the net.  The Amazon kindle is the newest competitor in the eBook field and is rather tempting….if you have the $400 to drop on it.  eBooks are a strange phenomenon but one I would wholeheartedly like to see succeed.   While I doubt the eBook will eclipse the printed book in my lifetime there is the possibility that, given a really sweet device, the younger generation(s) could finally take the eBook more mainstream.  Apple with its “hip” young image (at 25 it feels weird to say that) is THE company that could give ebooks the appeal, and sexiness, they need to make it in our digital world.