Archive for Offers
To celebrate Adam’s win we’re offering the ePub version* of Empire State at 25% off its normal price – until Sunday, only. And, ok – you’ve twisted our metallic limbs – you can have his standalone superhero novel - Seven Wonders – for 25% off, too, if you like.
That’s just £4.12 for the Best Book of 2012! (Or approximately US$5.50, depending on currency conversion rates at the time of purchase).
To get your discount, simply add Adam’s book/s to your shopping basket at RobotTradingCompany.com and enter the code: sfnow2012 at the checkout.
You can pick up a copy of SciFi Now at all good newsagents, or direct from their website (physical or digital editions available).
And why did Empire State win? Well, read what these folk had to say about it, earlier this year:
“Empire State is highly recommended to those who like their sci-fi dark, pacey and woven tight by multiple threads of intrigue.”
“As captivating as a kaleidoscope… just feel it in all its weird glory.”
- Cory Doctorow, author of Makers and Little Brother
“Empire State is an excellent, involving read, and it fully deserves to be the start of a new universe.”
Paul Cornell, Doctor Who scriptwriter, and author of London Falling, Wolverine and Demon Knights
“A daring, dreamlike, almost hallucinatory thriller, one that plays with the conventions of pulp fiction and superheroes like a cat with a ball of yarn.”
- Kurt Busiek, Eisner Award-winning writer of Astro City and Marvels
*Kindle users can easily convert the ePub using the free eBook tool, Calibre.
Here in the UK this week it’s Independent Booksellers’ Week. Indie booksellers are the lifeblood of the community, and as an independent publisher, we’re committed to supporting our friends on the high street.
Welcome to the Angry Robot Clonefiles initiative.
We sometimes feel our customers are having to choose between a physical book and an e-format, when what probably suits them best is to have both in the same package, and so we are going to start giving away the digital version of each of our novels free with the physical paperback, in selected indie bookstores.
We’re partnering with Mostly Books of Abingdon, Oxfordshire in the first phase of the new Clonefiles programme. From July 4th, Customers who buy Angry Robot novels from Mostly Books will be sent the DRM-free eBook version (the Clonefile) of the book as part of the sale, allowing them to read the novel on paper, on their Kindle, or on their ePub-based eBook reader. This Clonefile means that customers at Mostly Books can buy Angry Robot’s books and enjoy them in whatever format they prefer, whether physical or electronic!
We’ve always been champions of DRM-free eBook publishing and have always been eager to experiment with new business and distribution models. A dual-format offering for Indies seems like a natural extension of our customer-first ethos and a great way for Angry Robot to show our love for the UK’s fantastic Indie bookshop scene.
Mark Thornton of Mostly Books said, “As an indie bookshop, we offer a great browsing experience and discoverability and it is difficult to see really innovative ways that we can offer our customers a really valuable service with ebooks. But this is a bold and brilliant idea we think our customers will get excited about. It really offers an imaginative solution that plays to all our strengths.”
Following this pilot phase, we will be opening up the scheme to other independent bookstores, who will be contacted over the coming weeks and months (though enquiries from interested stores are welcomed).
These ARE the clones you’re looking for!
We’ve just concluded a deal with Emma Newman (via her fabulous agent, Jennifer Udden at the Donald Maass Literary Agency in New York) for three books in Emma’s Split Worlds urban fantasy series, and the first one – Between Two Thorns – will be published in March next year, and we couldn’t be more delighted. The series is fabulous, but you probably already guessed that.
Emma’s reaction to the deal was “I still can’t believe this is happening – in fact, I think that’s all I’ve been saying since I got the magical phone call! The Split Worlds series is the most ambitious project I’ve ever worked on, and I am thrilled I have the opportunity to work with Angry Robot to develop it to its full potential. I’ve been a fan of Angry Robot’s list for a long time now, and am very excited my books will become part of it.”
Emma Newman was born in a tiny coastal village in Cornwall during one of the hottest summers on record. Four years later she started to write stories and never stopped until she penned a short story that secured her a place at Oxford University to read Experimental Psychology.
In 2011 Emma embarked on an ambitious project to write and distribute one short story per week – all of them set in her Split Worlds milieu – completely free to her mailing list subscribers.
A debut short-story collection, From Dark Places, was published in 2011 and her debut post-apocalyptic novel for young adults, 20 Years Later, was published just one year later – presumably Emma didn’t want to wait another nineteen… Emma is also a professional audiobook narrator.
She now lives in Somerset with her husband, son and far too many books.
About the series
The Split Worlds is an urban fantasy setting with gritty noir, fantastical magic, evil faeries and people just trying to drink their tea in peace.
Dynastic families feud across the ages, furthering the agendas of their powerful supernatural patrons. Opposing secret courts wage clandestine wars to establish their control over humanity. Innocents are protected by monsters and the beautiful ones are seldom what they seem…
In the first book in the series, Between Two Thorns, something is wrong in Aquae Sulis, Bath’s secret mirror city. The new season is starting and the Master of Ceremonies is missing. Max, an Arbiter of the Split Worlds Treaty, is assigned with the task of finding him with no one to help but a dislocated soul and a mad sorcerer. There is a witness but his memories have been bound by magical chains only the enemy can break. A rebellious woman trying to escape her family may prove to be the ally Max needs. But can she be trusted? And why does she want to give up eternal youth and the life of privilege she’s been born into?
This is going to be so cool!
Emma has already guest-blogged with our very own Adam Christopher, and tells a little more about how the deal came about, so go read…
Today is the International Day Against DRM.
Here at Angry Robot we’ve never inflicted DRM on our eBooks, preferring to trust our customers and readers instead – and we must say it’s most gratifying to see folks like Tor / Forge and co. catching up at long last… ;)
Anyhow, to mark the occasion, here’s a bit of a special offer for you: if you buy any of our DRM-free ePub-format eBooks from the Robot Trading Company in the next 24 hours you can get a mahoosive 50% discount.
First, add lots of eBooks to your basket, then:
1. Enter the coupon code ‘DRMFREE’ in the (coupon / voucher) box
2. Click the ‘Update Basket’ button
3. Checkout, download and enjoy!
1. Offer expires at Noon, BST on Saturday May 5th 2012 (or whenever one of us remembers to log in and switch the coupon code off again – if you’re reading this on early Saturday afternoon then give it a go – you never know…)
2. Offer applies to all Angry Robot eBook novels and omnibus editions currently available via the Robot Trading Company website.
3. Offer does not apply to subscription packages (which are insanely good value all on their ownsome) or short stories (which are pretty darn cheap already, at 10 for £3.49).
What are you waiting for? GO, fill your eBoots with eBooks! Go NOW!
It’s Ditmar Award season again, as Australian fandom gears up to nominate and vote on its favourite genre fiction of 2011. The Ditmars have been awarded annually since 1969 at the Australian Natcon – this year it’s Continuum 8: Craftonomicon in Melbourne – to recognise achievement in Australian science fiction (including fantasy and horror) and science fiction fandom.
This year we have three terrific titles by three awesome authors that are eligible for Ditmar Award nomination:
To make it a little easier on the pocket for folks to sample these three fine novels, we’ve reduced them all in price on the Angry Robot Webstore. You can now get a DRM-free ePub edition of Mistification, Roil or Debris for just £2.25, which exchanges to roughly A$3.43 or US$3.55. That’s a bargain in anyone’s book, surely?
Visit the Ditmar 2011 section of the Angry Robot Webstore for more info on all three titles and handy ‘Add to Basket’ buttons…
“Tell me, Grandad, what did you do in the Last Days?”
The old man settled himself a little more comfortably in his hovva-chair (his robo-prosthetic was giving him gyp, despite the balmy 58 celsius showing on the outdoor-temperature-o-meter).
“The Last Days? You mean the Last Days of the Great Angry Robot January eBook Sale of 2012?”
“Oh, Grandad, you know that’s what I mean.”
The old man tousled his granddaughter’s sandy hair (the kid had been playing in the reclamation pits again).
“Well, Granddaughter, I’m afraid I was a fool. Rather than grabbing as many bargains as I could when I had the chance, I just sat and played Angry Birds on my iPad – remember those funny old non-holo models? – and missed my opportunity.”
“Oh, Grandad! But there’s a happy ending, isn’t there?”
The old man smiled, and there was a twinkle in his remaining eye (as the cataract-away auto-lenses clicked and whirred).
“Well, luckily for me, your Grandma was a good and clever woman. She downloaded one of everything those Angry Robot folks put in their sale, at less than the price of a pint each, and we were able to enjoy hours and hours of top-quality SF/F/WTF? fiction for years and years to come. Yes, she was a good, clever, wise woman, your Grandma. Definitely wasn’t stupid. Knew a bargain when she saw one, yes sirree.”
They both looked over at the floating brain-in-a-jar on the mantelpiece and smiled fondly.
“Now, you young whipper-snapper, go give your Grandma a polish and then dust off my old Kindle Mk16 for me. I got me some re-reading to do.”
“Oh, Grandad, you’re so crazy and old-fashioned! Can’t you just sideload them straight to your cerebral cortex like everyone else?”
The old man winked and smiled his crinkliest smile.
“Sod off and play in the hover-traffic, you cheeky little git.”
That’s right, folks! Over half our titles are still available at half their usual price, but the Angry Robot January eBook Sale ends at midnight, January 31st (or as near as dammit, depending on how quickly we can get into the ecommerce software and change all the prices back… but lunchtime on Feb 1st? Forget it, pal! Those low, low prices are gone!).
Visit The Angry Robot Webstore for all your bargain ePub needs, or visit your local e-branch of global online megamarts like Amazon or Barnes & Noble to grab a Kindle / Nook version.
(Don’t be like Grandad! Think brain-in-a-jar!)
That’s right! In the best tradition of purveyors of quality merchandise everywhere, we’re having a January sale. And likewise in the best tradition of purveyors of (etc. etc.) we’ve dropped the prices of our sale items a little early (as of… now!) with said lower price-points remaining in force until the end of January.
Which means that an impressive selection of our ebook titles – all our 2009 and 2010 titles, plus a few 2011 debuts – have been reduced in price, not only at the Angry Robot Store* but also on the virtual shelves of a number of major online retailers – including Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com and Amazon.co.uk, among others.
So, what are you waiting for? Head on over to your eBook store of choice, dig around, see what you can find! And be prepared to stuff your Kindle or fill your Nook (or, indeed, cram your Kobo or burst your eReader, if you’re that way inclined) with lots and lots of lovely Angry Robot eBooks.
You know it makes sense.
* Please note: eBooks from the Angry Robot Store are sold in ePub format, so the files need to be converted to .mobi format first, using something like the Calibre free ebook conversion utility which can be downloaded from calibre-ebook.com. Or buy Kindle files from your local Amazon store.
This of course is not the Angry Robot way. No, we just take what we need and crush all meaty resistance beneath the treads of our mighty robot war machines. Which we’re sure you’ll agree is much simpler and easier for everyone in the long run.
However, it has been pointed out to us that crushing beneath our treads is perhaps not the most productive way to go about parting you fleshy types from your hard-earned credit.
And so in a fit of what we’re reliably informed is termed “generosity” we’ve decided to make you something called a “special offer” on all Angry Robot ebooks purchased between now and midday (GMT) on Monday November 28th.
Quite simply, you may:
Buy One, Get One Free
By using the following promotional code at the checkout:
The slightly longer version: This offer is limited to eBook purchases from the Angry Robot Store only (ePub format, DRM-free). No other retailer will be able to accept this offer code. Print editions are not included in this offer. 12-month subscriptions are not included either (although keep your sensors peeled for more subscription-flavoured news next week).
What, you’re still here? What are you waiting for? Go, fill your e-readers while you can!