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4th August
written by Steph
For those of you who have those new-fangled fancy devices known as ereaders, do I have some news for you: for the month of August, Harper Perennial is offering up 20 ebooks for the price of $20! And no, you don't have to buy all 20 in order to enjoy HP's generosity, individual titles can be purchased for just 99¢ apiece. What a steal! If this summer has seen you burning through your current home library, now just might be the time to stock up for the Fall and Winter like a good little ant. What got me particularly excited about this promotion is that most of the books on offer are ones that I've never even heard of before, but nothing grabs my attention like cheap books! Because as we all know, cheap does not necessarily mean crummy. Anyway, of the 20 books on offer, I've only heard of four of them, and not all that much about two of those options... more I just knew that they existed, since reading their titles wasn't a wholly novel experience (pun intended?). For those of you interested, the titles involved in this promotion are:
  • The Gospel of Anarchy by Justin Taylor
  • Celebrity Chekhov by Ben Greenman
  • Stretch by Neal Pollack
  • Everything is Going to be Great by Rachel Shukert
  • Bad Marie by Marcy Dermansky
  • Diary of a Very Bad Year by Anonymous Hedge Fund Manager
  • Kapitoil by Teddy Wayne
  • It Could be Worse, You Could be Me by Ariel Leve
  • Who By Fire by Diana Spechler
  • Grab On To Me Tightly As If I Knew The Way by Bryan Charles
  • Down and Out on Murder Mile by Tony O'Neill
  • Everything is Wrong with Me by Jason Mulgrew
  • Postcards from a Dead Girl by Kirk Farber
  • A Common Pornography by Kevin Sampsell
  • 86'd by Dan Fante
  • Ugly Man by Dennis Cooper
  • I am Not Myself These Days by Josh Kilmer-Purcell
  • Town House by Tish Cohen
  • The Average American Male by Chad Kultgen
  • The Summer of Naked Swim Parties by Jessica Anya Blau
Isn't that a glorious selection? And it can be yours for just $20!!! Purchasing is easy, as this promotion is available through all your usual ebook purveyors. BUT, best of all, if you check out IndieBound, you can potentially purchase some new reading material through a local bookseller who sells Google ebooks and send a little love their way. What could be better? Actually this: if you're on the fence about plonking down your hard-earned dinero for all of these titles, HP is hosting a giveaway for a $20 giftcard, which if I'm not mistaken, would cover the cost of all of these books! Funny how these things work, no? If you're located in the U.S. and have a Facebook account, you can enter the sweepstakes here. And for those of you wondering, I'm not getting anything for writing this post. I just thought this deal was too good to keep quiet about and wanted to live up to my self-dubbed nickname of The Book Temptress. Hat tip to GalleyCat, where I first read this happy news. Tell me, which of the books on this list are most tempting to you? Personally, I have my eye on Bad Marie, Everything is Going to be Great, Grab Onto Me Tightly As If I Knew the Way, Postcards from a Dead Girl, and Town House. Of course, if I were lucky enough to win that giftcard (which, for some reason I'm not eligible to enter for... durrrrr), I would be a fool to turn down any of these titles.


  1. 08/04/2011

    I just bought Bad Marie and A Common Pornography, but think that I might have to buy a few more! Thanks for listing all these titles for us. This is wonderful!

  2. 08/04/2011

    What a great deal! I recognize some of the titles from the Tournament of Books, and so would probably go for those, Bad Marie (I think?) and Kapitoil. Or am I making that up? Not sure. Anyway, thanks for passing this along!

  3. JoV

    Your title tickles me. I said the same thing at work about taking my proposal and roll them out throughout the organisation. I said “Go forth and multiply!” and someone asked me, “Do you know what that really means?” of course I do! and all couldn’t stop laughing…. 😉

  4. 08/08/2011

    @ zibilee: I hope you enjoy your new books! I feel like if ebooks were more often priced at 99¢ I would buy them a lot more frequently!
    @ Dorothy: Yes, I do think that those two books were featured during TMN (I know that Bad Marie certainly was), which is why I was aware of them. That’s definitely when Bad Marie entered my radar…
    @ JoV: I am all about puns and double entendres, so I too fully understood the implications of this title! Glad you got a kick out of it! 😉

  5. 08/10/2011

    Ooh, great review! I am sad because alas, I got a Kindle e-reader for my birthday and so cannot support the indies, but I still get more physical books than electronic ones, and THOSE I shall purchase at the indies!

  6. What a great deal. I wish they’d do this with the physical books as well… just because…

    I have an iPad, but I just don’t really enjoy reading on it. Reading books, that is. Magazines, newspapers, even blogs are fine. But book – i like the real thing, and the pages on the left hand side slowly increasing…..

  7. 08/23/2011

    @ Aarti: I figure every little bit helps the Indies, whether you’re purchasing ebooks or physical books, so no need to feel bad!
    @ anothercookiecrumbles: Ha! 99¢ books would be way too much for anyone to resist, I think!
    I also have an iPad, but I don’t really read books on it either. I mostly use it for school, as I read PDF scientific articles on it, but when it comes to novels, I prefer the real thing or my Sony ereader!

  8. Rob

    Thanks for the tip! I just ordered all 20 from Powell’s. Now where to begin? Aloha, Rob

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