Starting this morning, Google Books is offering downloads of “entire works”, for free. For the past two years Google has been working with university liabraries from California, Michigan, England and a few in between. They have digitized anything and everything. Today, Google posted all of their copies of “public domain” books.
The folks over at the Penguin blog are dropping hints that Viking may start up a new novel … in serial series style. That’d be cool if they can deliver a compelling story to keep you coming back.
It’ll be interesting to see what they do and who they get to do it!
Publishers Weekly is reporting a new Penguin’s new campaign to directly sell its titles to customers. According to the article you can buy all their titles at 25% off from their website until Labor Day. But the Penguin site doesn’t reflect this sale yet, that I can find.
I wonder how booksellers feel about being under cut by their supplier?
I just read in the Guardian Unlimited that Bill Bryson’s new book The Life and Times of The Thunderbolt Kid (published by Broadway Books, an imprint of Random House) will hit store shelves on September 12th, but Amazon still has it listed as October 17th.
The paperback is slated for release in May 2007.