Just a reminder that the following month-long free ebook offers will probably be expiring tonight or tomorrow (many of them are managed by a human, who will probably be taking New Year’s Day off).
- Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists by Hilary L. Chute, containing in-depth discussions with prominent and influential graphic novelists and sequential artists, offered by the University of Chicago Press
Things from the Town: Artefacts and Inhabitants in Viking-age Kaupang edited by Dagfinn Skre, an archaeological survey of findings in the eponymous Norwegian market town, offered by the University of Aarhus Press in Denmark
Oplysningens verden: Idé, historie, videnskab, kunst edited by Ole Høiris & Thomas Ledet, a Danish-language accessibly-written historical period overview, offered by the University of Aarhus Press
Far-Seer by Nebula Award-winning author Robert J. Sawyer, a science fiction novel starring sapient dinosaurs, offered by the author himself, whose rights have reverted from its original Ace publication
Over the Wine-Dark Sea by Hugo Award-winning author Harry Turtledove, an historical adventure novel set in Ancient Greece, offered by science fiction reprint publisher Phoenix Pick Press; there’s an accompanying discount deal a bundle of the rest of the books in the series
ETA: For readers in the UK & Ireland, publisher Head of Zeus has been holding a combined holiday giveaway and sale. You can choose up to 12 free 1st-in-series fiction titles from genres including mystery, historical, literary and fantasy, and get a 25% discount on the 2nd-in-series as well. This is still valid until 11:59 pm on January 1st, UK time.
More details are on their special promo page here. You will need to sign up an account with Bookgrail (billing address but no payment info required) to be able to put the titles into your cart and apply the coupon code HOZ-Xmas16 for the free books (apparently it will work on multiple eligible titles).
- Verso Books is offering 90% off all their ebooks through January 1st (until midnight GMT/UTC). They publish mainly non-fiction titles of academic and progressive interest, with contributors including journalist and activist Rebecca Solnit, filmmaker Tariq Ali, Lambda Literary Award-winning feminist author Sheila Rowbowtham; older publications include works by the late Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago and professor and cultural critic Edward W. Said.
Only a portion of their catalogue is available as ebooks so you’ll have to do some digging, but the discount price puts most of them at just $1 USD each, and they can mostly be purchased worldwide, with options to pay the equivalent price in your own currency for particular countries. The books are DRM-free (except for a watermark which puts a small amount of account-identifying info into the book) and can be readily transferred between all your reading devices, available as an ePub, Mobi, and PDF bundle.
More details in their announcement blogpost.
Book View Café, a backlist author republishing consortium which includes prominent science fiction and fantasy authors such as World Fantasy Award-nominated Judith Tarr (one of my favourite historical fantasy authors) and Nebula Award-nominated Jeffrey A. Carver, has a number of 99 cent deals among their monthly discount specials.
In the sale are: Across the Spectrum, an anthology of sf/fantasy stories from member authors including Hugo & Nebula Award-winners Ursula K. Le Guin and Vonda N. McIntyre and many more, novels by Caver and Tarr (the latter title previously funded by a successful Kickstarter which I contributed to), a trilogy by DAW-published author Irene Radford writing as C. F. Bentley, and more.
In the future, I hope to develop a better method of handling the distinction between long-term and short-term freebies and organizing the lot to make things of interest to you easier to find.
So there will probably be a sticky post and better tags and categories and some dedicated pages for Open Access and Creative Commons resources, among other changes.
Until then, Happy New Year!