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Wild Cards eBooks

Tor has just announced a special holiday sale on the electronic editions of four Wild Cards ebooks. From now until December 14, ebooks of the three Committee books and the reissue of WILD CARDS volume one (with! extra! added! content!) will be only $2.99.

Details can be found here:


If you're an ebook reader who has yet to sample the Wild Cards series, here's your chance to get a taste. I'd recommend that you start with either WILD CARDS (where it all began) or with INSIDE STRAIGHT (first of the "next generation" books, and a great intro to the world). But hell, at that price, you can buy all four for less than the price of a pizza.


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Nov. 17th, 2011 08:25 am (UTC)
Amazon price
Hm, the Amazon Kindle price for Wild Cards 1 is still $12.08. :(
Nov. 17th, 2011 10:06 am (UTC)
I don't get my Kindle until after Christmas (when the 'holidays' start in the UK) :(
Jonathan Leard
Nov. 17th, 2011 12:41 pm (UTC)
I've definitely been interested since reading the short from Dreamsongs. I'll be all over these. eBooks are great, I really like taking a small library with me in the size of a chap book, but eBooks are often overpriced, with hardcover pricing being fair but paperback being higher than the physical product. I've been reading library eBooks while waiting for my next "real" book, and these will certainly be them.
Nov. 17th, 2011 01:52 pm (UTC)

I picked up signed mmpb copies of Suicide Kings and Inside Straight at WorldCon; however, Glen didn't have a copy of Busted Flush. Seeing this and the previous sale post had me thinking that I should ask to see if regular signed paperbacks are also on sale - I'd love to get signed paperback copies of both WildCards 1 and Busted Flush for the run.

Nov. 17th, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
WILD CARDS 1 has not yet been published in mass market.

I do some extra copies of the mmpb of BUSTED FLUSH, though. I'll sell you a signed copy for $9.99, including book rate shipping. Same payment routine, via PayPal.
Nov. 17th, 2011 10:59 pm (UTC)
I ordered Inside Straight about a week ago through paypal. At least i thought i did, it shows a confirmed payment to that email. But i havnt heard anything.... did i do something wrong?
Nov. 18th, 2011 04:54 am (UTC)
A week isn't nearly long enough for book rate mail.
Nov. 18th, 2011 12:06 am (UTC)

I'll keep watching for the releases - perhaps you'll have another fine sale when they are again available in mmpb!
Devin Meaker
Nov. 17th, 2011 03:08 pm (UTC)
That deal is crazy. but to me Fort Freak was even better than those four. I cant wait for the next one!!!
Austin Chandler
Nov. 17th, 2011 05:02 pm (UTC)
Love that these are on sale
This is great news because I actually wanted to start reading the Wild Cards and the high price of the e-format of the books did stop me from buying.

I love your works and I am a Pre-HBO fan. Currently I plan on rebuying the books (the special Amazon edition right now) for a physical version and I desperately wish to buy an format.

My problem is this: Ebooks shouldn't be the same price as a physical book. I do understand there are other economic situations to be considered but with ebook being much cheaper to publish, that means that there is being more money made on the eformat instead of the physical book. I don't begrudge you or your publisher or even amazon to make more money; but any chance at least to perhaps have some special deals for your other ebooks in the future?

I would just like to have official eformat version of your books and buy them at a good price that seems more in line of what an ebook should cost instead of buying the physical and deciding to be able to get it onto my tablet or phone in a different way (such as scanning each page by myself). It is a pain in the butt to do, but I think its legal for me to do, and I can just buy the used books as well and do it.

Just hoping honestly your other books will also go on sale.

Nov. 18th, 2011 12:45 am (UTC)
Re: Love that these are on sale
George, and probably 99.99% other writers who are contracted with major publishing houses, have no control over what the publishers will charge for hardcovers, mmpbs, or e-book formats. Even e-books cost money to create, and there are multiple costs to publishing in any format that aren't often considered by a retail customer.

There have been multiple discussions over the last several years about these issues. I suggest if you want to read more about the reasons e-books, hell, any format that is currently used by publishers great and small cost what they cost, you look at some blogs and sites by professional writers, publishers, and professional organizations. Look at the SFWA site, and the blogs by many pros like Jay Lake, John Scalzi, Seannan McGuire for some serious discussions about how these issues affect writers and publishers. Check the archives of magazines and newpapers' business sections to see some of the factors involved, and what various players have done to stake out their own territory and power in this new format.

The middlemen, like Amazon and Apple take a pretty good chunk of the retail cost of publishing e-books. There are some publishers and 'bookstores' that are publishing e-books at lower costs, especially with new and emerging writers. Look for companies like WizardsTowerBooks, and Small Beer Press, Weightless Books, you might find some good reading to your liking at lower costs.
Nov. 17th, 2011 06:31 pm (UTC)
I just checked amazon.com and the kindle edition of Wildcards I is listed at $12.08. Have I missed something?

I'm also seeing kindle versions of Suicide Kings, Busted Flush, and Inside Straight for $3.45 each, which makes more sense if it is showing me Canadian dollar prices, but I was really hoping to get book 1 at the discounted price. Guess I'll have to keep checking back in to see if they have fixed it...

Thanks for the heads-up!
Rebecca Murray
Nov. 18th, 2011 03:07 am (UTC)
I got Wildcards 1 for $2.99 last night but the other 3 were still at full price. Who knows what Amazon is up to. (shrugs)
Nov. 18th, 2011 10:18 am (UTC)
The $12.08 price is only for customers who are not from the US. The publisher has the option to set prices for each country at Amazon.com.

A lot of eBooks are more expansive than the hardcover for us foreigners...
Nov. 17th, 2011 08:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the heads up. BTW - The Kindle price for Wild Cards 1 was $2.99 just a few minutes ago when I bought it.
Nov. 17th, 2011 09:38 pm (UTC)
I have to ask: Who's the guy in white on the cover of 'Inside Straight'? I've seen that image many times and always wondered about it.
Nov. 18th, 2011 04:53 am (UTC)
That's the German ace Lohengrin. One of my own characters.

BUSTED FLUSH features Lilith, a character created by Melinda Snodgrass, and SUICIDE KINGS stars Rustbelt, Ian Tregillis's creation.

The first WILD CARDS, of course, pictures Howard Waldrop's iconic Jetboy.
Nov. 17th, 2011 11:04 pm (UTC)
*gasp* The last time I looked, the first Wild Cards was available only used or something for astronomical prices. I am getting in on this sale!
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Nov. 18th, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
So far as I know, they remain available, but they are not on sale. That's a different publisher.
Nov. 18th, 2011 01:52 pm (UTC)
Ok, I picked up all four. I assume that WC1 is the first of the early books. Is there and overall arc through the early books I should follow or are the books largely disconnected.
Nov. 18th, 2011 09:38 pm (UTC)
The three "next generation" books introduce a whole new cast of characters, and stand alone.

WILD CARDS (first volume) introduces the world, and begins a couple of on-going stories, one of which concludes in ACES HIGH and JOKERS WILD. Other threads carry onto to later volumes.
Nov. 19th, 2011 02:10 pm (UTC)
My little girl just came in and saw your photo icon on screen (you smiling kindly; wearing brown skipper bunnet) and said, 'Is that Santa on his holidays?'

At these cool prices for signed books, you really ARE Santa!
Dec. 3rd, 2011 12:01 am (UTC)
First time poster here, LOVE LOVE LOVE all the Song of Fire and Ice books, and just purchased these four electronic books. I finished Wild Cards I, which book should I read next? Also should I try to read all of the originals, or will these four, plus new e-books, suffice? Keep up the great work, you are fantastic!
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