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23Feb/12Off

Some Interesting Forthcoming Release Dates Plus Commentary (Abercrombie, Weeks, Others)

While updating the fantasy ebook deals page this morning (sorry, no new deals to report, but I did remove a few that had expired), I decided to browse the new release list on Amazon. I ran across some interesting finds and thought I would list some of them here. Some of these dates are so far in the future, I wouldn't take them as official. But sometimes its fun to see a date for a book you are really waiting for, even if you know you can't trust the date. So below are some of the interesting finds...

-The Gully Dwarves: The Lost Histories, Book 5 by Dan Parkinson (Kindle edition publishing on Jan 1, 2035. Preorder now to beat the rush in 23 years. In reality, I am guessing Jan 1, 2035 is the default pub date in the Amazon system if the publisher forgets to include a pub date. Or its just a simple error.)
-Red Country by Joe Abercrombie (this is mostly likely more of a hopeful date, but Amazon is listing Nov 20, 2012 as the release date)
-The Parasol Protectorate Boxed Set: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless and Timeless by Gail Carriger ($19.99 isn't too bad for a 4 ebook omnibus. Coming Oct 23, 2012. Print edition is listed for $39, on sale for $29)
-Legends of the Dragonrealm: Shade by Richard Knaak (those Dragonrealm omnibus novels have sold well enough to enable the author to write a brand new story in this world. Publishing in September 2012)
-The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer) by Brent Weeks (Sept 11, 2012...I have a feeling this date is probably correct. No real basis for that, just a hunch)
-Night Angel: The Complete Trilogy by Brent Weeks (coming in April. The ebook price is listed as $19.99, while the print book can be bought for about $13. I know publishers can't do much about the sale price of physical books, but still seems like $19.99 is a bit high for a 3 ebook omnibus. I would say $17.99, so the avg price is just under $6 per book)
-The Kingmaker, Kingbreaker Series by Karen Miller (August 14, 2012. Another omnibus, this one containing just 2 books. Kindle price $15.99, print sale price $10.87. This digital price I will flat out say is too high. You can buy the individual ebooks for $7.99. Who the heck is gonna pay more for the omnibus? Sure it is only $0.01 more, but its more about the reasoning behind the price I don't understand. I mean, what is the advantage of buying the digital omnibus if you aren't going to save any money? There are no other advantages like saving shelf space (an advantage of the physical book omnibus). Anyway, I think the max price on this 2 ebook omnibus should be $12.99)
-Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected Stories by John Jackson Miller (July 31, 2012..this is a collection of the 8 short stories/novellas for $4.99 digital, $7.99 mmpb. The interesting thing here is that the 8 ebook editions are all free. So why pay $4.99 when you can get the 8 stories individually for free? Because the collection has a never before published finale! Thus, folks who have read the series get to pay $4.99 for the bonus story, even though the 8 ebook series is being marketed as complete. Sure, it was nice of the publisher to make the first 8 ebook short stories free. No arguing that. But it seems a bit of a bait to say "hey, here is a complete story across 8 short ebooks. And its totally free!" then later publish another book, for a price, that has an "explosive, never-before published finale". So was the 8 book short story complete, or not? Or was it just a way to suck readers in, then get them to pay for the real ending? Maybe I'm just being cynical this morning. But having to pay $4.99 to read the "real" ending seems wrong. There should be an ebook with only the "new finale" for sale, maybe $2.99. Just to be clear, I'm not upset with the $4.99 price itself. I don't like how it feels readers might have been manipulated into buying the omnibus due to this new finale. I mean, here is the first line of the description for the upcoming 8th ebook: It’s the beginning of the end for this epic series in the thrilling final eBook installment, Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith #8: Secrets. Sounds like the last book, right? But we know that is not true, hence my irritation..even though I have no plans to read this, as it is a SF series).

I guess that is enough rambling for one post. Thoughts?