Robert’s Roundup of Ebook Deals #45 (March-April 2024)

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Abbreviations: KU means Kindle Unlimited,  and APUB means it was published under an Amazon imprint.NYP means “Name Your Price” (that’s an option on Smashwords and other booksellers). If you’d like to submit an ebook to me for review or mention in this column, see my instructions here.

The Draft2Digital sale came and went, and I downloaded lots of free stuff and cheap stuff.

Indie Author Spotlight


Under the Radar

Downpour by Christopher Hawkins. 99 cents.

Solitude: A Return to the Self. By Anthony Storr.

The Loop by Joe Coomer. Coomer is a Dallas-based novelist who includes animals in his books.

Dog Flight and other short horror stories by D.T. Adams.

Cultural LIfe of Whales and Dolphins by Hal Whitehead and Luke Rendell.

Indentations and other stories by Joe Schall

Ethel Mae’s Last Ride by Jenny Marie Bee

Far to Go by Alison Pick.

Personal Fable by Ander Louis.

Shelter Cycle by Peter Rock.

That Said: New and Selected Poems by Jane Shore.

Life Before her eyes by Laura Kasische

I’d Walk with My Friends if I could Find them By Jesse Goolsby

Natural Flights of the Human Mind by Clare Morrrall

Our Kind of People by Uzodinma Iweala

Crossroads by Mary Morris

Waterline: Novel by Ross Raisin

Pushkin’s Children: Writings on Russia and Russians by Tatyana Tolstaya

Lucky Girl : Stories by Nell Freudenberger

Two volumes by Mavis Gallant: Pegnitz Junction and From the 15th District

Glass of Water by Jimmy Santiago Baca

Chinese Cooking for Diamond Thieves by Dave Lowry.

Charisma: A novel by Barbara Hall

Following the Feeling: literary odyssey for the troubled and middle aged by D. David Croot

Raw Silk by Janet Burroway

Presidio by Randy Kennedy

Poison by Jade West

Borderlands: Short Fictions by James Carlos Blake. Historical author praised by Clay Reynolds.

Meantime by Katharine Noel

Spencer’s Risk by Andy Greenhalgh.

New York Stories: Best of city section of NYT,

Above Dark Waters by Eric Kay.

Peeksill USA: Inside the infamous 1949 riots by Howard Fast. Minor journalistic account by an author I plan to get into.

Traplines: Stories by Eden Robinson

Starfish (Mermaids) by Patty Dann. Made into a movie.

Blink and it’s Gone

Last Witchfinder by James Morrow (0.25 cents). Morrow is a prolific sci fi writer who writes fantasies with a sometimes religious or spiritual dimension. Also: Cat’s Pajamas and Other Stories

Monarchy of Fear: A Philosopher Looks at our Political Crisis by Martha C. Nussbaum

Complete Stories (The Schocken Kafka Library) by Franz Kafka, with introduction by John Updike. 1.99 for this Random House edition is a steal. I first bought this book in 1983. I’ve also read about half the stories in their original German, but my German is really rusty by now.

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin. Adapted into a great movie, this book tells about a young Irish immigrant who falls in love.

You made me love you: Selected Stories 1981-2018 by John Edgar Wideman

MacGuffin by Stanley Elkin. 25 cents!

Best of Antrobus: Tales of Diplomatic Misadventure

Great Circle — a Novel by Conrad Aiken

50: A Novel by Avery Corman

Secret Anniversaries by Scott Spencer. Have always wanted to get into his very introspective fiction.

Riding the Yellow Trolley Car: Selected Nonfiction by William Kennedy

Library Purchases/Printed Books

Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow.

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong.

Creative Commons/Freebies

NYU Press offers a number of free academic titles on Amazon.

Literary Articles and Essays




Capsule Book Reviews

I’ve been flipping through two wonderful poetry anthologies (books, not ebooks). I mentioned in my last column that I was enjoying David Lehman‘s Oxford Book of American Poetry a lot. Despite some omissions, the poetry there is eclectic, grounded in tradition and always interesting.

A decade ago I bought Andre Codrescu‘s American Poetry Since 1970 (2nd edition) and was delighted by the stuff I found there. Codrescu taps into the countercultural spirit and lots of free verse/beat poetry. Highly recommended.

Multimedia/Podcasts, etc


Personville Ebook Deals

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I run Personville Press, a small literary book press where all the ebooks cost less than $4. Prices normally appear highest on Amazon, Apple, Kobo and BN, somewhat lower on Google Play Books and lower on the two DRM-free stores which are Smashwords and Payhip. Personville Press is committed to selling DRM-free ebooks and audio files directly from the Personville Press payhip store or from SmashwordsThe prices listed here are the non-discounted price on Amazon. Check the links to see if they are discounted at the moment (it happens often).






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