KDD: Hugo winners/nominees for $1.99 each
One of science fiction and fantasy’s most prestigious awards, the Hugo Awards, had their winners announced last night:
The winner for novel was
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch) (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)
by Ann Leckie
4.3 stars out of 5, 347 customer reviews
Interestingly, the book is published by Hachette in the USA…and is available without impediment from Amazon.com.
I was thinking of listing some other Hugo winners available through the Kindle store, but Amazon beat me to it (at least in one way).
Their selection is dominated by Harlan Ellison (seven out of the twelve), but that’s not a bad choice. 😉 The books in the deal are:
- Bloodchild: And Other Stories by Octavia E. Butler
- I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison
- Tea with the Black Dragon by R.A. MacAvoy
- A Fire in the Sun by George Alec Effinger
- Strange Wine by Harlan Ellison
- Deathbird Stories by Harlan Ellison
- The City on the Edge of Forever (I plan to read that one soon…it will tie in nicely to These Are The Voyages, TOS, Season One ( Season One Book 1) (at AmazonSmile) which I am just about to finish. It will give another side to the controversy over Ellison’s script which became an acclaimed Star Trek episode) by Harlan Ellison
- The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World by Harlan Ellison
- Selected Stories by Theodore Sturgeon
- Slippage: Previously Uncollected, Perilously Poised Stories by Harlan Ellison
- Harlan Ellison’s Watching by Harlan Ellison
- The Whole Man by John Brunner
It’s not a very wide set of choices, though.
Amazon has a special section for
and there are 36 titles there, from Robert A. Heinlein to Neil Gaiman to Orson Scott Card.
Why not pick those for the deal?
Well, certainly, part of might have to do with deals with the publishers. Since the Agency Model was largely dismantled (but may be coming back) by the Department of Justice’s actions, Amazon can discount anything as much as they want. If they could get cooperation from the publisher, though, they might lose less money in doing so.
There was something interesting that tied the selected twelve together.
They are all available through Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*).
For people on their free month, or who are paying $9.99 a month (for people who joined right away, perhaps on July 18th, that’s just starting to happen), they can read them at no additional cost.
That could have been Amazon’s specific intent: to advertise KU with higher profile books by putting them on sale.
It could also just be a side effect of all of these being published by the same publisher: Open Road Media. Again, what could happen is that Amazon strikes a deal with Open Road to take a lower percentage while the books are on sale…as if they were list priced (the pricing set by the publisher) at a lower price than normal.
Regardless, if you are someone who is still buying books (as opposed to paying for access to them), this is a good deal. 😉
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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. Shop ’til you help!
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