Another book roundup

This being yet another rundown of books I have purchased lately!

Ebooks:

  • Kingdom of Shadows, by Greg F. Gifune (horror)
  • No Control, by Shannon K. Butcher (romance, replacing physical copy)
  • Silent in the Sanctuary, by Deanna Raybourn (mystery/romance, replacing physical copy)
  • Wild Thing, by Doranna Durgin (romance)
  • WebMage, by Kelly McCullough (urban fantasy)
  • Trick of the Light, by Rob Thurman (urban fantasy)
  • On the Edge, by Ilona Andrews (urban fantasy)
  • Child of Fire, by Harry Connolly (urban fantasy)
  • Unfallen Dead, by Mark Del Franco
  • The Serpent and the Scorpion, by Clare Langley-Hawthorne (mystery)
  • Bright Hair About the Bone, by Barbara Cleverly (mystery)
  • Fledgling, by Octavia Butler (SF)

Physical books:

  • Indiana Jones and the Army of the Dead, by Steve Perry (self-explanatory ;) )
  • Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters (hee hee hee)
  • Doubleblind, by Ann Aguirre (SF)
  • Spectre, by Phaedra Weldon (urban fantasy, although I actually took this one to Third Place so I can buy the ebook instead)
  • Dreadful Skin, by userinfocmpriest (horror)
  • Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World, by Haruki Murakami (not at all sure how to classify this one!)

This for a grand total of 18, to bring me up to a total of 138 books purchased for the year. Do note that a few of these ebook purchases are re-buys, since I’m winding up replacing a notable number of physical books with ebook equivalents.

I bought the Priest and Murakami on the strength of store credit from Third Place, yay! These being authors that I do actually want in print. Meanwhile, the Gifune horror ebook I picked up to enter a contest being held by the folks over at Horror Mall, since they’re launching a new forum about digital horror books and I figured what the hell, couldn’t hurt to enter. Might get a good read in the bargain.

And of course Fictionwise still totally has my number. It’s worth mentioning though that I’ve poked around a bit on Barnes and Noble’s ebook store, and I note with interest the following:

  • B&N is pretty much selling files in the same format as Fictionwise and eReader: i.e., PDB format with DRM on it.
  • B&N is also using pretty much the same reader programs, only branded differently. Same functionality both on the iPhone and in the Mac-side app you can download. Which means that I can at least read all of these files in the same program.
  • B&N gets points for also letting you download purchases directly to your computer.
  • They do not however get points for the fact that my B&N membership apparently doesn’t apply to ebooks. Which means Fictionwise is still a way better deal for purchasing ebooks. I may however occasionally resort to B&N if they have something in electronic form that Fictionwise doesn’t–because Fictionwise does tend to lag on getting new releases posted, and B&N seems to be aiming for competive pricing with the Kindle. And that means that if I want something that’s out in trade paperback I can get it cheaper on B&N, probably, than I can on Fictionwise. This will require mulling.
  • Last but not least I’ve actually also snurched three free books from B&N, but I’m not counting them in the list above since they were freebies and I’m tracking number of books actually purchased this year.

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Angela Korra'ti

As Angela Highland, Angela is the writer of the Rebels of Adalonia epic fantasy series with Carina Press. As Angela Korra'ti, she writes the Free Court of Seattle urban fantasy series. She's also an amateur musician and devoted fan of Newfoundland and Quebecois traditional music.