Happy Groundhog's Day! Exactly one hundred and thirty years ago today, James Joyce was born. Which is why every year on this date we bring out our copy of Finnigans Wake to see if it casts a shadow. And if it does . . . well, we'll have six more weeks of the agenbite of inwit, I guess.
Meanwhile, Tor.com has announced an impending and free mini-ebook, Some of the Best From Tor.Com. And it has one of my stories in it! So I feel complimented.
Here's their promo pitch:
We have collected a few of our favorite stories from 2011 and put them together in a mini free ebook, free for downloading. Of course, you can always read the stories for free right here, whenever you'd like, but for those that like to move about Some of the Best of Tor.com 2011 will be available Feb 14th. Kindle readers can pre-order now , it will be available at other retailers on the 14th.
One of the things I like about Tor Books (aside from their astonishing catalogue of authors, I mean) is that their response to a set of circumstances that are extremely perilous to the book industry has been to experiment and innovate. The Tor.com site, which is a blend of very good online zine and a very shrewd bit of corporate promotion is an excellent example. As is the free and mini ebook. Anybody who thinks that the big publishers all deserve to fold because they're not changing with the times just hasn't been paying attention to the folks at Tor.
Smashing cover - is that John Harris?
As a fan of the short story medium, I really love their willingness to sell them piecemeal for a buck or so digitally.
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