I received an email from reader Lynn about MyPadMedia selling access to free books. MyPadMedia was using Feedbooks feed improperly but the email prompted an issue I have wanted to talk about for a bit but never gotten around to: The sale of public domain books through every Internet retailer out there.
I see promotions for e-book readers saying that the e-book readers come with $100 of free books but is this really a great deal?
Short Answer: It really is no deal at all. What the e-book device sellers are doing is collecting a number of popular books in the public domain and preloading them onto your reader. This can actually be a hassle when you go to power up your e-book device and have 100 unwanted books you'll need to delete.
Historical author Tessa Dare is batting six for six. Each of her books has received a RT BOOK REVIEWS Top Pick. So we tracked down Tessa Dare to talk to the author about her writing success. Be sure to check out the GIVEAWAY after the blog post!
Dare's books have consistenly been rated higher than four and a half stars, RT-speak for "better than fantastic keepers", every single one of her Regency romances has been one of the must-reads of the month it is released. Dare's skill at pairing what RT BOOK REVIEWS senior reviewer Kathe Robins calls "laugh-out-loud moments" with "romance that charms" has made Dare a name to watch in historical romance.
It's fair to say that I spend most of my time lost in the pages of a fictional romance. But I'd like to take a moment to ponder two romances making waves in the book market. Two famous, real historical personalities, Emily Dickinson and Anne Frank, are getting attention for romances they may or may not have had.
As a reader (and hopeless romantic) I always like to hear about the romances of historical figures, so I was intrigued by Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson And Her Family's Feuds by Lyndall Gordon. The book proposes that Emily Dickinson was not the reclusive figure that she is in public memory. Instead, Gordon discusses the likelihood of a longtime May-December romance between Dickinson and her father's best friend, Ottis Philips Lord.
The relationship supposedly began after the death of Dickinson's father, when she was in her late 40s, despite the fact that Lord was married to another woman. After Lord's wife died, when Dickinson was 47, she and Lord began to discuss marriage. According to Gordon, the pair continued their romance until she was in her 50s and decided they could not marry.
In honor of this week's summer heat, we are giving away some of the hottest books to be released between June 10th and 29th. We are giving away books from aross the genres. So whether you are a fan of historicals, like Courtesan's Kiss by Mary Blayney, or thrillers, like Barry Eisler's Inside Out, we've got a book for you.
All you need to do is pick the genre that you'd like to win, and follow the instructions below!
Sir Terry Pratchett, author of the popular Discworld series, has teamed up with author Stephen Baxter, of the Destiny's Children series, in a two-book project about parallel universes. The Pratchett-Baxter project, which will be published by Doubleday, is being referred to as the Long Earth novels.
The parallel universe concept behind the Long Earth novels goes back to the roots of the idea that inspired Pratchett's Discworld series. It is the idea that each planet "is but one of a chain of parallel worlds ... in an infinite landsc ape of infinite possibilites."
What makes the concept so exciting? "You can just step from one world to the next ..."
Readers can expect to see the first installment of the Long Earth project on the shelves in the spring of 2012.
Until then, Pratchett enthusiasts can check out the thirty seventh installment in the Discworld series, Unseen Academicals, which has just been released in paperback. Fans can also look foward to the fourth installment of the Tiffany Aching series, I Shall Wear Midnight, which will be released in September.
RT BOOK REVIEWS Managing Editor Liz French interviews author Julie Kramer. French and Kramer discuss the author's latest Riley Spartz mystery, Silencing Sam, that hits shelves today. Kramer gives RT a behind-the-scenes look at how Silencing Sam is affected by the intersection between news and gossip.
Gail Carriger, author of the Alexia Tarabotti series, is interviewed by RT BOOK REVIEWS Assistant Web Editor Whitney Sullivan about her supernatural steampunk heroine and where the series is headed ...
Whitney Sullivan: Your heroine, Alexia Tarabotti, has no soul (and her partner is a werewolf) - what does she find most inconvenient about these unusual circumstances?
Gail Carriger: She will turn supernatural creatures mortal when she touches them. This can be terribly embarrassing, not to say fatal, for said creatures. It also means that on several occasions certain baser elements of society are actively trying to kill her, without proper introduction – so rude. One side effect of her soulless state is that Alexia is very practical in her approach to coping with most problems (including said werewolf partner). She either bashes them over the head with her parasol, or talks at them, with equally disastrous results.