It’s the 9th annual READ AN EBOOK WEEK. It’s an event I’ve posted about numerous times before and I’m pleased to continue to support the initiative. I’ve been an advocate of ebooks right from the beginning – those pre-Kindle days where I’d email Word, pdf, Mobipocket or lit (remember Microsoft Reader?) copies of AUTUMN to anyone who showed interest. It worked a treat, with more than half a million free copies of AUTUMN being downloaded between 2001 and 2008 when the series was acquired by Thomas Dunne Books.
Ebooks haven’t proved to be the print killer that everyone initially feared. To me, they’re something that compliments but doesn’t replace the physical version. I travel a lot at the moment, and my trusty Kindle has been a godsend on many recent plane and train trips.
So please join me in celebrating the humble ebook by sharing this post and other READ AN EBOOK WEEK articles. To mark the occasion, I’ve got a number of titles on special offer:
I don’t know if you’re aware, but it’s Read an Ebook Week this week. This is something I’ve talked about in previous years… an annual campaign to get more folks reading ebooks. The ebook market has exploded since the event first appeared (I remember posting about back in 2007 or 2008, I think), but I’m always happy to lend some support. I don’t favour ebooks over print or vice versa, I just want people to keep reading, so the more ways there are for folks to get hold of books, the better!
If you’ve never read an ebook before, might I offer up TRUST and STRAIGHT TO YOU, the ebook editions of which are available for half-price through this week via Smashwords(use discount code REW50 at checkout). There are also literally hundreds of other novels available at a special discount from Smashwords this week – click here for the catalogue. Or, if you’ve yet to try the AUTUMN books, why not pick up the AUTUMN COLLECTION from Gollancz (which they’ve brilliantly taken to calling the ZOMNIBUS!). Five AUTUMN novels for just £12.99. Bargain!
Yes, I know I’m late with this – I should really have written about it being ‘Read an ebook week’ on Monday, not Friday, but it’s been one of those weeks (one of those months, actually). It’s an initiative which was originally designed to get people to try ebooks, but it seems slightly less relevant now given the advent of the Kindle and iPad etc. and the rapid increase in ebook consumption. Nevertheless, I think it’s a good (and long overdue) opportunity to mention a few ebooks I read and enjoyed recently, and to help promote a few indie authors.
The Apex Book Company is a small press that’s well known for its Apex magazine. This ebook collection was designed as a cut-price introduction to its impressive range of authors, and you get a lot of bang for your buck here. The past, the present, the future, Nazis, Werewolves, Vampires, body snatchers, deformed creatures, twisted realities, obsession, lust, sex… the scope of the collection is very broad and, to its credit, it succeeds on many levels. There’s huge variety between the stories, with something to satisfy even the most ardent horror fan. Okay, so some tales invariably encroach into familiar genre territory from time to time, but they’re all handled with real skill and enthusiasm. I defy anyone to read this collection and not be haunted by at least one of the stories. Personally, quite a few of them got to me, in particular Jennifer Pelland’s grotesque (but never sensationalist) story of sibling envy and hatred, Big Sister/Little Sister, and Guy Hasson’s spiralling mind-f**k, The Dark Side. From Cthulu to Dracula, from the surreal to the downright disturbing, from the ends of the Earth to the cold depths of space, this is an excellent collection and a fascinating introduction to the many worlds of the Apex Book Company. Click here to get the book.
I was sorry to hear that SHELFIE closed down last week. You might remember me posting about the service a couple of years ago, back when the company was known as BitLit. The premise, I thought, was brilliant: you took a photo of your bookshelf with your phone and the Shelfie app scanned the spines and gave you links to download free or discounted ebook copies of the titles you already owned. I immediately made all Infected Books titles available via the service, because it seemed to fit perfectly with my ethos that a reader should only ever have to buy the same book once, and if you buy a paperback, the ebook version should come bundled (because you can rip a CD and get mp3s for your phone, but you can’t buy a paperback and rip the text for your Kindle, can you?).
I thought now would be an ideal time to restate the Infected Books ebook philosophy:
if you buy a print version of an Infected Books title, you can get a free download of the ebook version:
If you purchase from Amazon, all IB titles are available under the terms of their Matchbook programme
If you purchase from IB, you’ll automatically receive a download link to get your ebook
If you purchase from elsewhere, you just need to complete a simple form on www.infectedbooks.co.uk to receive a download code to get a complementary ebook version
Thanks for your ongoing support of Infected Books and independent publishing as a whole. It’s the future! (and on the subject of the future, it’s worth pointing out that my next release, THE FRONT: RED DEVILS will also be a part of the IB print/ebook deal).
With the Infected Books release of AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION next week, I’m taking a new approach to ebooks. You see, I’m a big fan both of ebooks and traditional print editions. I love the physicality of ‘real’ books, but also appreciate the immediacy and portability of ebooks. What really, really annoys me is the lack of flexibility between the two, and also the inherent belief that when you make a purchase, you can only have one or the other.
If you buy a print edition of AUTUMN: THE HUMAN CONDITION, on the last page there’s a link you can follow to download a complementary ebook version.
If you buy an ebook then decide you wish you’d bought the print version, click the link at the end of the ebook, enter a few details, and you’ll receive a voucher to the value of the ebook you bought, redeemable against the print version.
There are terms and conditions (there always are, aren’t there?) and they can be found here. I think this is a fairer way of doing things, and it’ll be interesting to see how it pans out in practice. I’d be interested to hear what folks think, so please let me have your thoughts…
And on the subject of ebooks, I thought now would be a good time to mention this:
On 10th October, Gollancz will release THE COMPLETE AUTUMN. It’s an ebook collection of all five original AUTUMN novels, available for Kindle, iBook and all other formats.
Priced at £19.99, it effectively means you get one of the novels free. If you’re in the UK and you haven’t yet read the series, this will be a great way of doing so!
Sorry for the brief (and late) post today… Juggling a few self-imposed deadlines right now.
First things first, don’t forget that Wayne Simmons and I will be signing at Waterstones in Hull tomorrow from 1pm. Hope to see plenty of you there. Our final signing of the year is on 8th December at Waterstones in Swindon.
Second… apologies for the lack of news about the UK hardcover edition of AUTUMN: AFTERMATH. I should have some news for you early next week. In the meantime, the paperback is now available from Amazon, the Book Depository and Waterstones etc.
Finally for this week, another chapter of TRUST is now available to read over at www.trustdavidmoody.com. Not long left to go now before the entire novel is online. Hope you’re enjoying it. Remember you can get the book as an eBook, paperback and limited edition hardcover. All the details can be found here.
I’ve got a few book recommendations to share with you over the coming weeks, and today it’s the turn of Adam Baker’s wonderful OUTPOST. A few months back I saw the cover popping up with increasingly regularity online and I was intrigued. Several people recommended the book to me and when I discovered that Adam himself was a member of Moody’s Survivors, I immediately got hold of a copy. For anyone who hasn’t yet read it, here’s the blurb:
“They took the job to escape the world. They didn’t expect the world to end.
Kasker Rampart: a derelict refinery platform moored in the Arctic Ocean. A skeleton crew of fifteen fight boredom and despair as they wait for a relief ship to take them home.
But the world beyond their frozen wasteland has gone to hell. Cities lie ravaged by a global pandemic. One by one TV channels die, replaced by silent wavebands.
The Rampart crew are marooned. They must survive the long Arctic winter, then make their way home alone. They battle starvation and hypothermia, unaware that the deadly contagion that has devastated the world is heading their way…”
OUTPOST is a great, fast read. Baker presents a truly nightmarish scenario (on many levels) which twists and turns like you wouldn’t believe. Considering the isolation and inaccessibility of the refinery location, he manages to spin the tale off in several unexpected directions whilst still maintaining an air of claustrophobic hopelessness. I really enjoyed the book, and I contacted Adam to ask a few questions about the novel and his career in general.