One really positive change I’ve seen in more recent titles produced (or perhaps distributed?) by audible.com relates to how they split the audio files into multiple parts. Often the titles I read are too large for a single file, so they are split into 3-5 parts “to make the download easier”. I’ve noticed that audible seems to be adding some verbiage at the beginning of the title saying, “And now part two of <insert title here>” which is extremely helpful when I am listening in the car or mobile.
I hate accidentally skipping a part and questioning myself why a character is suddenly dead who was alive a few seconds ago….
Update from my earlier post in March. My electronic Kindle version of George R.R. Martin’s A Dance With Dragons was delivered automatically to my Kindle device today and I’ll start reading it tonight.
The Kindle ebook version as of July 12, 2011 is being sold on Amazon for $14.99 (the print version is currently $18.81) and is, of course, delivered immediately and readable on multiple devices including PCs, Macs, Android devices, iPhone/iPad devices, and Windows Phone 7.
I’m planning to take Thursday and Friday as vacation days to get a good start on the book!
According to George R. R. Martin’s website today, the publisher of his magnum opus, A Song of Ice and Fire, has set an official publication date for the long awaited 5th volume, A Dance With Dragons: Tuesday, July 12, 2011. Martin confirms that “this date is real” and is the size of A Storm of Swords (the hardcover ran to 992 pages and the paperback to 1,216).
Read his full update here.
The A Dance with Dragons (Song of Ice and Fire)hardback can be pre-ordered through amazon.com. No word yet on whether a Kindle ebook version will be offered on the same day.
I’m very excited as this is one of the most original series I have read. I’m sure that the body count will remain high, too.
If you haven’t read the previous books in awhile, they are:
- A Game of Thrones
- A Clash of Kings
- A Storm of Swords
- A Feast for Crows
I think Penguin Publishing is crazy on its price for the eBook for Kindle for Frank Herbert’s Dune, a book originally published in 1965. Current price is $15.99 while the paperback is $9.99. I don’t understand why some publishers want to sabotage their sales. I suppose then they point to low sales as “ebooks are just a phase”. Sad.
An amusing anecdote is recounted in Edmund Morris’s The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt during Roosevelt’s campaign for election to the governorship of New York. Some of the electorate’s excitement was due to his heroics during the Spanish-American War (notably San Juan Hill in Cuba) and the mystique of the Rough Riders. In this specific campaign stop, two of his Rough Rider men were with him. One, Sergeant Buck Taylor, introduced Roosevelt as follows:
I want to talk to you about mah Colonel. He kept ev’y promise he made to us and he will to you…. He told us we might meet wounds and death and we done it, but he was thar in the midst of us, and when it came to the great day he led us up San Juan Hill like sheep to the slaughter and so will he lead you. (p. 720)
Surprisingly, the audience was more amused by this than shocked. Certainly a faux pas like this would be 24-hour news fodder for weeks and a sound bite routinely produced at his opponents’ own speeches.
Reading C.J. Sansom’s Matthew Shardlake mysteries (Dissolution and now Dark Fire) has led me to rewatch the miniseries The Tudors on Netflix streaming, which in turn has caused me to reread one of my favorite Tudor histories by Alison Weir, The Six Wives of Henry VIII. It has become a little confusing since I’m at a slightly different date for each work and thus a different wife. Couple that with a very liberal dose of fiction on the part of The Tudors (altered timelines, fictionalized deaths for some characters who actually lived much longer, dramatic license on motives, characters who actually represent multiple real persons)….
One interesting fact I wanted to research more:
Anne [Boleyn]’s origins were uninspiring, although, like all Henry VIII’s wives, she could trace her descent from Edward I. (p. 145)
In retrospect, however, maybe this really isn’t that amazing, since Edward I lived roughly 200 years earlier. Probably a majority of English nobility and the royal and noble houses of Europe were in some way descended from him.
A quick internet search uncovered this genealogy chart which shows how Henry (from both his mother’s and father’s side) and all six wives were related through Edward I. Pretty cool.
An incident in The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris caught my fancy. In 1883, Roosevelt had a minor land use dispute with another rancher, who had stocked the land with 12,000 sheep.
Like most Americans, Roosevelt had a profound contempt for sheep. Not only did the “bleating idiots” nibble the grass so short that they starved out cattle, they were, intellectually speaking, about the lowest level of brute creation. “No man can associate with sheep,” he snorted, “and retain his self-respect.” (pp. 276-7)
Although the incident was ultimately resolved sadly — the flock died over the harsh winter — the turn of phrase was witty.