Tor Books is thrilled to announce a new partnership with BitLit, a free app that lets you download ebook copies of your paper library! By partnering with BitLit, we’ve made it possible for you to be able to download an ebook for any Tor/Forge book you own in print. Here’s how it works:
  1. Download the free app for iOS or Android.
  2. Take a picture of your bookshelf (a.k.a. a “shelfie”). The app will identify all of your books and tell you which books are eligible to bundle.
  3. Take a picture of your name on the copyright page to claim your bundled ebook.

Starting now, you will be able to download any Tor/Forge bundled ebooks for $2.99. As always, bundled ebooks from Tor/Forge are DRM-Free. We can’t wait for you to try out our books on BitLit!

At Ebooks Direct: The Dead TV Sale

…No, we’re not trying to sell you the Dead TV. The Dead TV is the problem. 

The TV in question is – or was – a Philips MatchLine 36″ creature purchased in 2002. It’s old enough to have a tube… an actual CRT. (Remember CRTs?) It has shown us many interesting things in its time (including our own miniseries) and has served us well and faithfully for quite a while.

But lately it’s been acting… a little wonky. Maybe once every couple of months it would, for no perceptible reason, turn itself off, and decline to be turned on again for a while. Then it started to pull this stunt maybe once or twice a month. Then once or twice a week. Then nearly every other day or so, at least once.

The trend has been somewhat alarming – as in our neighborhood, when the electronics finally go south, they tend to do so fairly dramatically (as suits a household with a couple of paid dramatists in it) by blowing up. Both of us had come to accept the prospect with a certain amount of resignation. Peter said to me the other day – well out of its earshot, I’d have thought – “Maybe it’ll wait to go south until a royalty check comes in.”

Yeah, well, fat chance of that. For behold, the Philips’ last day, the day it turns itself off with no more turning on, has arrived at last – the sad event transpiring not so much with a bang as a whimper. (Which is possibly just as well. My desk is three feet away from there, and I’m not sure I would have wanted to hear that bang while up close and personal.) The noble Philips has ceased to be. It has gone to meet its maker, rung down the curtain, and joined the bleedin’ Choir Invisibule. It is, in fact, an Ex TV. 

…And for a couple of fantasy writers, this is problematic. I mean, what are we supposed to watch Game of Thrones on now? *

So we turn to you, the ebook-reading public. From now until, well, the beginning of next week anyway, everything at Ebooks Direct is 50% off. Been waiting for a chance to acquire the Young Wizards New Millennium Edition 9-volume box set on the cheap? Now’s the time. Want the omnibus edition of Peter’s Tales of Old Russia series for 50% off? There you go. Want to get the new YW short novel How Lovely Are Thy Branches at a really silly price? Seize the day already.  The store has done all the discounting: there’s nothing you need to do but click “buy”.

So please, go for it and take advantage of the discount so we can remedy the TV-less situation here as soon as possible.**

If you feel inclined to reblog this message for the attention of others so that we can that much sooner replace the Philips – while thanking heaven that getting a screen this size won’t cost us anything like what the Philips did – we’d appreciate it.

And in any case, we thank you for your continued support.  :)

*And don’t even mention online viewing / on-air-to-broadband to me. Our patchy rural cellular broadband does not allow us to indulge in such luxuries. Especially when one night’s viewing can eat up our whole month’s worth of bandwidth.

**Dammit, no Boston Legal for me tonight. Feckfeckfeckfeckingfeck.

April Book Haul: Ebook Edition! 😅
An Ember in the Ashes-Sabaa Tahir
Never Never, Ugly Love, & Finding Cinderella- Colleen Hoover
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl- Paige Mckenzie
Cinder & Scarlett- Marissa Meyer
The Murder Complex-Lindsay Cummings
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At 10:50 today President Obama will visit the Anacostia Neighborhood Library in Washington, D.C., where he will highlight the importance of books and lifelong reading, and the value and impact of America’s public libraries. He will also also announce a new partnership with America’s libraries, publishers and non-profit organizations to expand access to digital books and library resources for America’s children. You can watch live at https://www.whitehouse.gov/live.

African Cosmology of the Bantu-Kongo - Principles of Life and Living:

Fu-Kiau Bunseki, Ph.D. is one of the great scholars of the African religion, and the leading authority on the Bantu-Kongo civilization. He is also a genuine practitioner of the Kongo spiritual tradition. He is intiated in the three “secret societies” Lemba, Khimba and Kimpasi. Lemba is the foundation for several African based religious practices including Palo Mayombe (Cuba), Vodou Petro (Haiti) and Candomble Angola (Brasil). African cosmology of the Bantu-Kongo explores the Bantu-Kongo religious and philosophical teachings, as well as concepts of law and crime. It connects the reader with one of the most ancient and powerful spiritual traditions-explore “seven-direction walk” our origin and links to society, nature and the universe.



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