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End of May 2018 ebook roundup

Whoops, I missed a couple of Kobo receipts that should have been in my last roundup! And I have a few others to add to those, too.

These are all Kobo books, and in all cases, I nabbed ’em because they were on sale for low prices. I buy most of my ebooks on sale these days, in fact. Mostly out of general disgruntlement about ebook prices getting jacked up! Though I’ll also very specifically buy certain titles due out this year. (Mary Robinette Kowal’s The Calculating Stars, I am looking straight at YOU.)

By Greg Bear:

The Forge of God. Which I already owned in paperback, but I haven’t read it yet. Nabbing an on-sale ebook copy raises the chances I’ll actually read it before the decade is out!

By Max Gladstone:

The Ruin of Angels, Four Roads Cross, Last First Snow, and Full Fathom Five, all part of his Craft Sequence series.

By Becky Chambers:

A Closed and Common Orbit, book 2 of her Wayfarers series, which began with The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. I really rather love her titles. And when I’m in the right mood for it, I also rather like her heavily character-driven fiction.

By Anne Fortier:

Juliet. I am unsure whether this qualifies as a mystery, fiction with a historical tie-in, or both. It’s been on my To Read list for ages as a library read. Went ahead and bought it since it was on sale, as mentioned above.

(Sidebar: this is yet another novel with “A Novel” included as part of its title. I suppose it’s nice of them to clear that up, but I swear, every time I see “A Novel” as part of a book’s official title, I keep wanting to ask “As opposed to what? A ham sandwich?”)

And by Georgette Heyer:

Cotillion. Nabbed this one because Heyer’s name keeps getting spoken of reverently in romance circles, and this title in particular keeps getting mentioned as one worth checking out.

Lastly, I should also mention that since I’m on Tor.com’s mailing list for their ebook club, I nabbed Ada Palmer’s Too Like the Lightning. I’ve already read it, but it was nice to get my own copy!

31 for the year.

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  • Reply colomon June 1, 2018 at 6:30 am

    I am suspicious that e-book pricing may be off, because I think like you. If they want $8 or $9 for an e-book, I’ll almost never buy it. If they are charging $2, I’ll likely buy a copy if I think there is any reason I’d like to read it someday — even if I already have a print copy! I bought “Way Station” for that reason yesterday. I nabbed the Gladstone books when they were on sale in a bundle, just on the theory I might get around to reading them someday, and “Wee Free Men” as well. I also recently grabbed Elizabeth Bear’s “Edda of Burdens” series when they were on sale, again despite having lovely first edition hardcovers sitting in the living room.

    PS Are you planning on going to Andre’s camp this summer? We’ve been talking Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival this year…

    • Reply Angela Korra'ti June 1, 2018 at 9:30 am

      I can pretty much guarantee you that ebook prices going up is a hundred percent deliberate on the part of publishers. It’s traceable back to the return of “agency pricing” for ebooks. Ever since agency pricing came back into effect, publishers have jacked up the prices on digital editions of things. And it vexes me, since a lot of new SF/F releases I want are coming out at a $14.99 digital price point, and that’s more than I want to pay for an ebook. It’s more than a LOT of people want to pay for an ebook. And then there comes a rash of news stories about how “oh well we guess people don’t actually want to read digital then”.

      Which, y’know, we _do_. Just not at $14.99 a pop. Or $9.99 for a novella, for that matter. ARGH.

      As for Violon Trad, I’m definitely going again at some point but not this year. I gotta save up requisite money and vacation time again. 🙂

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