09 February 2011

Better than a poke in the eye

Well, well.

I've just been told that the new infinity plus e-edition (now enhanced with some extra somethings to be opened up only after reading the book) of

is #10 on Amazon UK's contemporary fantasy Kindle chart.

So I guess this means that if you live in the UK, you can help make history, too.
Amazon says:
"Kindle Price: £2.15 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet"

I say: You don't have to have an overpriced Kindle to read this. This can be read on many screens, including an antediluvian monitor. And of course the delivery is wireless and should bloody well make less noise than a whisper. You could download this in a library and not earn a librarian's frown.


AliceB said...

Congratulations Anna! That's excellent. (I'd consider purchasing a copy to help it along, except I'm kind of fond of the paper version I've got. :-)

anna tambour said...

How nice of you to adopt a paper version. I prefer them myself, even when their gums recede and their backs are broken by too much love. I do hope that people who buy the e-version will think of the paper one as complementary, to have and to hold, just as I graduated from my Gutenberg version of Daudet's Tartarin of Tarascon to an Everyman's Library much-pre-loved Largo (Florida) Library discard, via that marvelous discard rescuer, BetterWorldBooks.

Look in your email pile, because, as a special treat, those extras will be coming your way, just as a little extra from me, and a thank you for those wonderful columns that you've written for the Virtuous Medlar Circle, ones like "The Lowly Potato".

budak said...

real books smell better too http://www.youmightfindyourself.com/post/977906714/lignin-the-stuff-that-prevents-all-trees-from


anna tambour said...

Wow. This is news to me. I totally agree that the smell of books is one of their attractions to me, too. But vanillin? Do you have any old books that smell like this? Although I am a fan of the smell of old books, I admit that a bookstore filled with old books (and my own bookshelves) smells to me, much more like the sweat of a person who's just run five blocks and who lives on eating oranges, dry toast, and beetles. Kind of feral, in only the healthiest way, of course. What do your books smell like?

JP said...

I have encountered books that have a vanilla-like smell.

My grandfather, a bookseller, claims he can tell you the year a book was printed by smelling it.

I'm glad Spotted Lily is finding new readers! But what, pray tell, is that terrible design on the Kindle edition?

anna tambour said...

That explains some books sent to me that I thought someone sprayed perfume on. Your grandfather is the first literary nose I've ever heard of. Fascinating. Would he care to write an article or have you interview him for a feature on book vintages?
And by that terrible design, do you mean this cover above? If so, erm, yes, it is the Kindle edition cover. Thank you for your judgment on it, seriously. Elaborate away, if you wish! I did love the "naked lady cover", but she can't get in the door of some booksellers, and seems to have caused problems to readers who clothed the printed version in an extra jacket; or, as one gentleman told me when he asked me to sign his copy, turned the book with its back outwards and its front discretely hidden, to save me embarrassment.

JP said...

He's about 94 now and not the most garrulous person; I will try and draw him out the next time I am in Madras!
yes I meant the kindle cover, sorry (the one for Monterra is nice). The naked lady cover suits the novel and is better designed anyway. Your encounter with the decorous gentleman is priceless!

anna tambour said...

Please do draw him out. And no need to apologise about not liking the new e-book cover for Spotted Lily. There are other funny stories I've been told about my original cover, and the way people carry it. If anyone has any, please feel free to post them as comments, so we can all enjoy! I can't be offended by anyone liking the original, as I love it, and think it quite perfectly suited to the novel.

I designed all the covers for both Spotted Lily and Monterra's &&; and I would still be faithful only to the lady (and her delightful portraitist) if I could get her in the door of some booksellers who, I'm sure, carry art books that contain vivid prints of Le déjeuner sur l'herbe, Manet's portrait of two overdressed men and two unmentionables, one with a shocking amount of bellyfat. Perhaps I should have chosen for the e-edition, the undeniably tasteful Other Cover that I produced for Spotted Lily, which can be found here.