Deal of the Day: Walking Dead Books

Walking Dead NovelFor those of you who are looking to fill up those new Kindles and tablets, Amazon’s Bonus Deal of the Day  has some great prices today on Kindle books: they are priced from $1.99 to $2.99. Titles include books by authors such as Jeffery Archer and Sandra Brown, with a few bestsellers in the mix such as Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin and Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg (the book that was the basis for the film Angel Heart).

I picked up the Sand Omnibus by Hugh Howey and also found the first books in The Walking Dead series by Robert Kirkman. BTW, these aren’t the comics, these are the new novels exploring the origins of characters in the series.

 

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Is The Book More Important Than The Text?

This is an interesting form over function argument that most of us who have transitioned to e-books have already come to terms with. Here, in true postmodernist fashion, the book has become an objet d’art. 🙂

Jak's View of Vancouver v.3

The major Canadian literary prize, the Giller, was won in 2010 by Johanna Skibsrud’s “The Sentimentalists”. This book was published by a small boutique outfit called Gaspereau Press and was available only in a small edition typical of small presses (they specialize in runs of between 400 and 4,000 copies). The Giller would generally add tens of thousands to sales and a number of larger publishers offered to print a large run. Gaspereau however refused all offers, dismissing Random House et al. as people he wouldn’t want to do business with, and strongly defending tiny quality print runs.

That is one part of an interesting story. The other came in an interview that the publisher at Gaspereau had on CBC Radio where it was noted that Gaspereau has made an e-Book version of “The Sentimentalists” available to anyone online. The publisher dismissed that as merely “the text,” comparing it…

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