I have no idea what’s going on with the ebook pricing mess, but it looks to be complete chaos at the moment between publishers and retailers. Books have disappeared from my Fictionwise wishlist, I’m hearing conflicting rumours about book availability, pricing, loyalty programmes… may you live in interesting times indeed.
Despite all this, I still was in the mood to buy books (go figure), so I hopped over to Baen’s Webscription site (because you can always count on Baen to do things right when it comes to ebooks) and here’s what I picked up:
Sharon Lee & Steve Miller’s latest release, “Saltation”, the sequel to last year’s “Fledging”. I’m a big fan of their Liaden books (think fantasy of manners set in space), and this was on my list of April books to get. Instead of buying this one as a standalone, I bought the Webscription April 2010 bundle, which had six other books as well, for a grand total of $15.
Because that wasn’t enough, I also bought Nathalie Mallet’s “The King’s Daughters”, a follow up to her first book “The Princes of the Golden Cage”, which I enjoyed reading way back when. I’ve been meaning to buy this one for ages, but have never quite gotten around to it until now. The first book was a mystery-fantasy combo, and it sounds as though this will be similar – I’m hoping so.
I then recalled hearing good things about P.C. Hodgell’s (warning: music plays on website) Godstalker fantasy series along the lines of “thank goodness this series is being re-released”, so I also bought the first one (I think), “The God Stalker Chronicles”.
And finally, I picked up the anthology “Tails of Wonder and Imagination”, edited by Ellen Datlow, even though I’m not a cat person and I’ve a slight allergy to cutesy titles. But again, I’ve read good reviews on this one, and hey, Neil Gaiman is a contributor. Along with many many others.
With Baen’s very consumer-friendly pricing policy on ebooks (individual books generally priced at $6), my haul came to $33 for ten books. Bargain.