(I haven’t forgotten about my suspenseful riddle on mangas… I’m just waiting to pass by the bookshop once more to get a decent picture of it, thought it might be fun! And meanwhile…)
Naughty me! I’ve been good for a number of months, taking books from the libraries or reading from the huge backlog gathering dust on our own bookshelves, but e-books have the power to make me yield: it’s not as if they are adding to the clutter or if they are taking any physical space. Therefore, sneaking one in my virtual shopping basket doesn’t feel like a real purchase.
The only thing that slows me down is that French e-books are priced more or less the same price as the paper book, which publishers justify by the amount of intellectual work that needs to be paid in any format. I get it, yet at a purely instinctive level I feel a bit cheated. In one case I have something in my hand to show for my money, in the other I have a magical flow of data that surges out of nowhere (that’s the land of the clouds) to flies into a device that already lay on my table. Yes, I realize that this representation makes me an old dinosaur. Anyway, call me inconsistent and stingy if you want but I am still reluctant to pay 15 euros for an e-book.
Which make Amazon Kindle promotions almost impossible to resist!
They do it on English books (because they’re bound by French laws for the local ones) but a book for 1.99 or 2.99 for a limited time only? What’s a book blogger to do?
So last weekend I splurged and instant-bought my way to e-book paradise:
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel for 2,69 euros: I’m normally fearful of post-apocalyptic books, but I heard so much good about it that I’m going to give it a try.
- The Secrets of Station X: How the Bletchley Park code-breakers helped win the war, for 0,99 euro. I’ve loved the Bletchley Circle in DVDs, and the real story seems just as fascinating.
- The Beekeeper’s apprentice by Laurie R. King for 0,99 euro: I’m a sucker for all things Sherlock. I can’t help it.
- The complete plays of Shakespeare for 0,49 euro!
Fortunately, I managed to stop my shopping spree there and then. But I just let you know so that my European friends can enjoy those great deals as well!