Free! (no, this is not a review of Chris Anderson’s book)
Rachel Vincent‘s My Soul to Take will be published in August, but you can read a free prequel, My Soul to Lose, online right now. PDF at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, or download it in another format from Harlequin’s eBookstore.
From Shelf Awareness,
Hachette Book Group has launched OpenAccess, which makes available for free the full content of some of its titles so that readers can have “an experience similar to shopping in a bookstore, where they can browse the entire book to get a sense of an author’s work before deciding to purchase.”
The first 17 titles on OpenAccess are “a wide range of bestsellers, critically acclaimed authors, and eagerly anticipated books.” Some are previous titles by authors who have a new book. For example, one book that can be read for free is Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith, whose new novel, The Secret Speech, is published next month.
The list of titles will change every 30 days.
Best of all, this month’s free books include titles for adults, kids, and teens. I wish there was a way you could sort the books, especially because many are listed multiple times, but, hey, they’re FREE.
And Not Free, or about YA books, but oh my god, a million times yes, thank you Sarah Weinman!
Lately, English-language publishers have developed an unfortunate habit with crime fiction in translation: Instead of starting at the very beginning of a series — as Pantheon did in bringing out the 10-book “Story of Crime” opus by Swedes Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo in the proper sequence — books appear out of order, in haphazard fashion.
Heads are still being scratched over why “The Man Who Smiled,” the fourth outing of Henning Mankell’s popular detective, Inspector Kurt Wallander, was the last to be published in America. Because Jo Nesbo’s Norwegian sleuth, Harry Hole, first showed up on British soil with “The Devil’s Star” — book five in the series — it spoiled important plot points in “The Redbreast” (book three) and “The Redeemer” (book four), published in subsequent years.