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December 25 Daily Deals: Freebies and Books Under $2.99

There are hundreds of books under $2.99 today. Authors and publishers are all angling for those who are just opening their Kindles and Nooks and Kobo Readers. Today I’ve collected 200 deals. Some are ones you have seen before on the site and some are new. I’ve rearranged them into some fun categories such as the Darcy Fan Fiction collection or the Dukes on Sale. Happy Holiday folks!

AllRomance is having a 50% ebate sale. (This is where they give you AllRomance Ebook dollars to be used on a later purchase). Fictionwise has a 55% off sale with code 122311.

Freebies

  • Zane’s Tale by Jill Myles * $0 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Hollowland by Amanda Hocking * $0 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Heart of the Knight by Barbara Samuel * $0 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • All’s Fair in Love & Seduction by Beverley Kendall * $0 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • The Bonds That Tie Use by Christine d’Abo * $0 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Sweet Tea & Jesus Shoes by Deborah Smith * $0 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • The Last Days of a Rake by Donna Lea Simpson * $0 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • My Man Pendleton by Elizabeth Bevarly * $0 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Winning the Wallflower by Eloisa James * $0 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • The Amazon’s Curse by Gena Showalter * $0 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Imagine by Jill Barnett * $0 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Hidden by Blood by Laurie London * $0 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Wild Justice by Liz Fielding * $0 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Slow Ride by Lorelei James * $0 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Heart’s Desire by Monica Jackson * $0 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • The English Heiress by Roberta Gellis * $0 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • The French Maid by Sabrina Jeffries * $0 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Only Us by Susan Mallery * $0 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Finding Kate Huntley by Theresa Ragan * $0 * AMZ | BN | S | K

Dukes on Sale

  • Duke of Sin by Adele Ashworth * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • A Duke to Die For by Amelia Gray * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Mad About the Duke by Elizabeth Boyle * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • A Duke of Her Own by Eloisa James * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Never Dare a Duke by Gayle Callin * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Lost Duke of Wyndham, The by Julia Quinn * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • The Duke’s Night of Sin by Kathryn Caskie * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Beauty and the Duke by Melody Thomas * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Sins of a Wicked Duke by Sophie Jordan * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Sins of a Duke by Suzanne Enoch * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Sins of a Duke by Suzanne Enoch * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • The Black Duke’s Prize by Suzanne Enoch * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • At the Duke’s Pleasure by Tracey Anne Warren * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K

Darcy Fan Fiction

  • To Conquer Mr. Darcy by Abigail Reynolds * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Darcys & the Bingleys by Marsha Altman * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One by Sharon Lathan * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Pemberley Chronicles by Rebecca Ann Collins * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Weekend with Mr. Darcy by Victoria Connelly * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Austenland: A Novel by Shannon Hale * $2.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K

Backlist Titles

(republished books that were originally in print)

  • Angel’s Devil by Suzanne Enoch * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • The Blue Devil by Melynda Beth Andrews * $2.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • A Gamble on Love by Blair Bancroft * $0.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Paradise Burning by Blair Bancroft * $0.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Shadowed Paradise by Blair Bancroft * $0.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • The Captive Heiress by Blair Bancroft * $0.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • The Courtesan’s Letters by Blair Bancroft * $0.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • The Temporary Earl by Blair Bancroft * $0.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • The Earl’s Bargain by Cheryl Bolen * $0.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Noble Destiny by Katie MacAlister * $0.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Noble Intentions by Katie MacAlister * $0.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • The Trouble with Harry by Katie MacAlister * $0.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Return of Black Douglas by Elaine Coffman * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Killer in High Heels by Gemma Halliday * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Wonderful by Jill Barnett * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Miss Lacey’s Last Fling by Candace Hern * $2.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Secrets of Midnight by Miriam Minger * $0.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Defiant Imposter by Miriam Minger * $0.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Captive Rose by Miriam Minger * $0.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Wild Angel by Miriam Minger * $0.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Isabella by Loretta Chase * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K

YA

  • Entwined by Heather Dixon * $0.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Unearthly by Cynthia Hand * $0.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Withering Tights by Louise Rennison * $0.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Bumped by Megan McCafferty * $0.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Lucky by Rachel Vail * $0.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • The Unidentified by Rae Mariz * $0.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Ten Things We Did by Sarah Mlynowski * $0.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Hereafter by Tara Hudson * $0.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Words by Ginny L Yttrup * $0.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Liar by Justine Larbalestier * $2.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Ash by Malinda Lo * $2.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale * $2.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • The Musician’s Daughter by Susanne Dunlap * $2.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Gossip Girl: I Will Always Love You by Cecily Von Ziegesar * $2.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Island of Lost Girls by Jennifer McMahon * $2.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes * $3.19 * AMZ | BN | S | K (This one is included because it is highly recommended and at $3.19 a good price.)

Historical

  • Once Upon a Winter’s Eve by Tessa Dare * $0.79 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • The Black Moth-A Romance of the XVIII Century by Georgette Heyer * $0.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Devi’s Bride with Bonus Materials by Stephanie Laurens * $0.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • The Gentleman’s Walking Stick by Ashley Gardner * $0.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • The Hanover Square Affair by Ashley Gardner * $0.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • The Highlander’s Sword by Amanda Forester * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Awaken the Highlander by Anita Clenney * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Royal Weddings: An Original Anthology by Stephanie Laurens Gaelen Foley Loretta Chase * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • A Seduction at Christmas by Cathy Maxwell * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Hawk of May by Gillian Bradshaw * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Heir by Grace Burrowes * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Once Upon a Knight by Jackie Ivie * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Marry Me by Jo Goodman * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K * Recommended *
  • Call of the Highland Moon by Kendra Leigh Castle * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Mistress by Mistake by Maggie Robinson * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • The Wedding Vow by Jillian Hart * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • To Catch a Highlander by Karen Hawkins * $2.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • The Highlander’s Bride by Michele Sinclair * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Always Magic by Patricia Rice * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K

Contemporary

  • Silent Run by Barbara Freethy * $0.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Love Drunk Cowboy by Carolyn Brown * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Cover Me by Catherine Mann * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Thanks for the Memories by Cecilia Ahern * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Justice with Bonus Material by Faye Kellerman * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Deadly Pursuit by Ann Christopher * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Dying Scream by Mary Burton * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Plain Fear: Forsaken by Leanna Ellis * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Touch of a Thief by Mia Marlowe * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Making Waves by Tawna Fenske * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • A Secret in Salem by Sheri Anderson * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Millie’s Fling by Jill Mansell * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Miranda’s Big Mistake by Jill Mansell * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Offer You Can’t Refuse by Jill Mansell * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Perfect Timing by Jill Mansell * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Rumor Has it by Jill Mansell * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Staying at Daisy’s by Jill Mansell * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Take a Chance on Me by Jill Mansell * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • No Regrets by Shannon K Butcher * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Cowboy Fever by Joanne Kennedy * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Cowboy Trouble by Joanne Kennedy * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • One Fine Cowboy by Joanne Kennedy * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • In Over Her Head by Judi Fennell * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • For the Love of Pete by Julia Harper * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • SEALed with a Kiss by Mary Daughtridge * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Romeo Romeo by Robin Kaye * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • A Black Tie Affair by Sherrill Bodine * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Home in Time for Christmas by Heather Graham * $2.56 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • True Colors by Kristin Hannah * $2.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas * $2.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos * $7.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • A Taint in the Blood by Dana Stabenow * $2.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Wedding Survivor by Julia London * $2.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming * $2.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Twin Fantasies by Opal Carew * $2.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K

PNR/Fantasy

  • Shadow Touch by Erin Kellison * $0.89 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Silver Storm by Cynthia Wright * $0.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Nightwalker by Jocelynn Drake * $0.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • White Tiger by Kylie Chan * $0.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Phoenix Rising by Pip Ballantine Tee Morris * $0.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Scent of Shadows, The by Vicki Pettersson * $0.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Strange Neighbors by Ashlyn Chase * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Slave by Cheryl Brooks * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Changeling Moon by Dani Harper * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Red Hot New Year by Diana Mercury Denise Rossetti Virginia Reede Cynthia Eden * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Beautiful Dead Book 1: Jonas by Eden Maguire * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Once in a Full Moon with Bonus Material by Ellen Schrieber * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Desire in His Eyes by Kaitlin O’Riley * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Darkfever: The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • The Fire Lord’s Lover by Kathryne Kennedy * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Every Which Way But Dead with Bonus Material by Kim Harrison * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Holidays Are Hell by Kim Harrison Lynsay Sands Vicki Pettersson Marjorie M. Liu * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Wickedly Charming by Kristine Grayson * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover by Linda Wisdom * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • It Happened One Night by Lisa Dale * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Legend of Michael by Lisa Renee Jones * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Certain Wolfish Charm by Lydia Dare * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • It Happened One Bite by Lydia Dare * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Insatiable by Meg Cabot * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Rides a Dread Legion by Raymond E. Feist * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Shaman’s Crossing by Robin Hobb * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • The Goblin King by Shona Husk * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Demons Prefer Blondes by Sidney Ayers * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • What a Goddess Wants by Stephanie Julian * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Taste Me by Tamara Hogan * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Warlord with Bonus Material by Ted Bell * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Silent Night Haunted Night by Terri Garey * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Heart of the Highland Wolf by Terry Spear * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Heart of the Wolf by Terry Spear * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Warrior by Zoe Archer * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • All I Want for Christmas Is a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks * $2.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Stupidest Angel with Bonus Material by Christopher Moore * $3.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire * $3.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Doomsday Key and The Last Oracle with Bonus Excerpts, The by James Rollins * $7.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K

Random Links I’ve Collected

  • Now You See Him with Bonus Material by Eli Gottlieb * $0.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • The Breach by Patrick Lee * $0.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • In a Dry Season by Peter Robinson * $0.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Merlin’s Harp by Anne Crompton * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Helping Me Help Myself by Beth Lisick * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Best Little Stories from the Civil War by C. Brian Kelly * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Too Hot for TV by Cheris Hodges * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Highest Stakes by Emery Lee * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Wicked with Bonus Material by Gregory Maguire * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Kingmaking by Helen Hollick * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • The Heir of Night by Helen Lowe * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Immigrants by Howard Fast * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Earth Strike by Ian Douglas * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • World from Rough Stones by Malcolm Macdonald * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • When Harry Hit the Hamptons by Mara Goodman-Davies * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Killer Book of True Crime by Michael Philbin Tom Philbin * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Child of the Northern Spring by Persia Woolley * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • God Is an Englishman by R. Delderfield * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • It Was Over When by Robert Elder * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Skipped Parts by Tim Sandlin * $1.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • Poison: A Novel of the Renaissance by Sara Poole * $2.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K
  • From a Distance by Tamera Alexander * $2.99 * AMZ | BN | S | K

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

25 Comments

  1. msilk
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 14:15:29

    Awesome list Jane! Thanks for breaking it down into categories, made it much easier to look for the books that would interest me….actually, bad bad idea Jane, I just PURCHASED 17 books off the list, lol.

  2. Carolyn
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 14:35:53

    Ilona Andrews has a free novella at her blog:

    http://www.ilona-andrews.com/2011/12/24/merry-christmas/

  3. Mikaela
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 14:44:17

    I am a bit disappointed. Allromance seems to not lower prices on Sourcebooks titles anymore :(.

  4. Meoskop
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 15:15:45

    I love that Dukes is now a DA genre. Thank you for the holiday cheer.

  5. joanne
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 15:16:21

    Geeze Jane, when do you sleep? Awesome list, thank you.

    Oh and somewhere along the line here you put a rec up for author Kelly Hunter. I love her settings & characters but particularly I like her use of dialogue. Thanks so much for that recommendation.

  6. Mikaela
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 15:26:17

    http://www.Everyonesreading.com is up again. There are 10 books, but 8 of them are repeat freebies. I recommend the Cassie Miles book and the Kelly Hunter book.

    Edit: I just discovered that they require that you register to download the books.

  7. Jane
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 15:28:38

    @Mikaela I second the Hunter recommendation and also think you can’t go wrong with Sarah Morgan. Frankly, though, they are free! Might as well download all of them.

  8. Brian
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 16:17:34

    New Harlequin eBook coupon code that I thought you guys might like…

    Use SPEND4E11 and get $4 off a minimum purchase of $4 (get a $4 book free), good until January 31st 2012.

    I got myself a new book for $.05, thanks Harlequin!

    EDIT: I don’t know if it’s an error or not, but it appears the coupon is multiple use as I was just able to use it on another book.

  9. eggs
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 16:26:21

    Interestingly, +70% of the romance novels were available to me in Australia at the sale price. I usually get about 20% hit rate. 0% (zero) of the YA novels were available at the sale price. Price grooming for young book readers?

  10. library addict
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 16:34:08

    Brian the “fine print” doesn’t say one time use as their coupons do sometimes.

    I spent a small fortune during their 50% off sale earlier this year and thought that was a good deal. But books for $.05 and $.49? That’s much better. I am buying lots more.

  11. eggs
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 16:36:34

    Also, thank you, Jane for this list. I just bought 11 books and will have a very happy Boxing Day laying on the couch with my kindle!

  12. Brian
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 16:36:49

    @library addict: Cool. Although it seems odd that there wouldn’t be a limit. I could get an awful lot of books between now and the end of January for next to nothing

    I’ve gotten four books (@ $.05 each), but now the site’s stopped working for me I can’t check out or view my bookshelf anymore, hopefully some temporary glitch.

    I just get…
    “We’re sorry, but we are unable to complete this page request at this time.

    Please contact customer support for assistance.”

  13. library addict
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 17:16:20

    @Brian: That happened to me when I was spending a small fortune on their $10 off $20 sale earlier this summer. Just email customer service and they will fix it. Then you’ll be able to use the code again.

    This is by far the best sale they’ve had all year. Makes me wish I hadn’t bought so many books at the previous sales so I could take more advantage of it. But cest la vie (Not that the 50% off sale earlier was a bad deal IMO).

    Today I bought all 15 books on my wishlist there. Will have to see what else I can find.

  14. shel
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 19:08:02

    Jane, thanks for making the deals a separate post, again.

  15. Emily E
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 22:49:34

    More of Bell Bridge Books are showing up as free. Some on Kobo, some on Amazon UK, and moving over to Amazon US.

  16. Joseph
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 22:59:09

    This is a great collection . I am wondering do any of these paid ebooks let you resell them or no?

  17. Brian
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 23:17:59

    @Joseph: No, eBooks can’t really be resold.

  18. Meri
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 01:07:13

    @eggs: lucky you! I had even less than a 20% hit rate – freebies that were not free, on-sale titles at full price with the $2 Whispernet charges thrown in… so I didn’t get anything. Amazon’s habit of screwing over their international readers is really annoying. Jane, on the other hand, is awesome.

    Oh, and some books appear to have been geo-blocked, a common problem for my location. I could, in theory, get such books in mass market format from The Book Depository, but if an author/publisher doesn’t want me to buy their book, why should I bother?

  19. eggs
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 02:17:41

    @Meri, what particularly makes me steam when I see freebies lists is when authors are happy to GIVE AWAY copies of their book for FREE but won’t sell it to me for any price. I have been meaning to get my act together and set up a vpn to buy as an American, but at the end of the day I think blacklisting the authors is just easier.

    I must say, my moral compass goes crazy over the issue of torrenting an e-book when I see authors doing this. They won’t sell me a copy of their book but at the same time they’re happy to give away unlimited free copies of it to others. Is there really any moral issue with torrenting a copy when this happens?

  20. Meri
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 03:10:01

    @eggs: I’d be very interested to know the logic behind this, and why I’m “allowed” to buy a hard copy but not an e-book. It can’t be about foreign rights – romance is pretty much off the radar where I live. An author/publisher who blocks my access to e-books doesn’t deserve my money, and like you, I find it easiest blacklist.

    Also annoying: authors who upload backlist titles to Amazon and other retailers but not to Smashwords, which does not charge me an extra $2 per title.

    Jane, any chance of DA addressing the issue of international sales and rights? I’d be interested to read your take on it, or to hear from authors, agents and publishers about the behind the scenes stuff.

  21. Jane
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 09:04:07

    @Meri: My understanding of the $2 surcharge is supposedly that is to cover 3g in the country because AMZN doesn’t have advantageous terms with the cellular providers. (Or at least that is what I read in a couple of places). It is completely wrong because the surcharge is like a tax and only Amazon receives the benefit of that.

    As for international sales and rights, I have written about it before. Here are a couple of the links:

    How Do We Solve A Problem Like Geographic Restrictions

    Geographical restrictions Take Two

    and this one I wrote back in 2009

    Global Reading Market

    Some people have reported success using a proxy server or other means by which to circumvent geographic limitations.

  22. Meri
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 09:54:47

    @Jane: Thanks, Jane. One would think, with the huge growth of the e-book market, that things would have improved since 2009 – but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Since there are enough authors/publishers who don’t block me from buying their books, I’d rather just avoid those who do, instead of putting in the extra effort to circumvent geographical restrictions.

    Amazon’s $2 surcharge is ridiculous, more so considering they don’t even offer 3G in my country, and they add the charge regardless of whether I use wifi or sideload. In some cases, the Amazon tax is higher than the cost of the book! I try to buy elsewhere whenever possible. I’m sure I’m not the only one who does this, but I guess enough international readers are willing to play along with Amazon’s pricing scheme to make it worth their while. Too bad.

  23. Ridley
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 14:16:57

    “Dukes On Sale” and “Darcy Fan Fiction” made me choke on my mimosa.

    Well played, you rapscallion, you.

  24. rlynn
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 15:29:21

    For any Julie Anne Long lovers
    “To Love a Thief” is 0.99 on Amazon.

  25. Sunita
    Dec 26, 2011 @ 16:17:12

    For anyone who wants to try Jordan Castillo Price’s PsyCop series, she’s offering the first book, Among the Living, for free in various non-DRM formats. Here’s my DA review from earlier this year.

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