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text 2014-07-31 02:22
Books I've Given In And Bought! (There Will Be No Regrets!) Also Publishers vs Amazon Hooha
Ladies in Waiting: From the Tudors to the Present Day - Anne Somerset
Wedlock: The True Story of the Disastrous Marriage and Remarkable Divorce of Mary Eleanor Bowes, Countess of Strathmore - Wendy Moore
Amphibious Thing: The Life of Lord Hervey - Lucy Moore
Hack Attack: The Inside Story of How One... Hack Attack: The Inside Story of How One Journalist Exposed the World's Most Powerful Media Mogul - Nick Davies

I was organizing a list of some kind yesterday (I forget if it was the Amazon wishlist or the ereaderIQ list that started all this) and suddenly I found myself saying "oh I give up, I'm just getting them in paper." Partly because I was waiting for the ebook price on one to go down, which it hasn't. And partly because my effort to track some of them down at libraries didn't go very well - the problem is that because some of the books are on such a specific topic, even a city with multiple college libraries might not have them. So rather than spending the gas money (or the time), I opted for the paper.

 

Also it is seriously hot outside. Vacation time on the surface of the sun. Ugh. I do not do well in heat. So, online purchasing time while sheltering inside. Summer is definitely the proper time to hibernate.

 

Anyway, the three are:

 

Ladies in Waiting: From the Tudors To the Present Day by Anne Somerset

Publish date 2005, no ebook option

Discovery method: it was listed in the bibliography of Ladies of the Grand Tour, or was it Mad Madge? I've read and love both but have been lazy and not written the reviews because I have sooo many pages of notes and quotes to pick through.

(I do however note that Somerset's recent book has an ebook option, which is a good thing if I like her work.)

 

Wedlock: The True Story of the Disastrous Marriage and Remarkable Divorce of Mary Eleanor Bowes, Countess of Strathmore,  by Wendy Moore

Publish date 2009, ebook price has been $9.99 for years now and a used hardcover book was cheaper, even with postage added in.

Wikipedia page: Mary Bowes

Discovery method: I'm pretty sure it was Bettie's review, and then I read the wikipedia account and really wanted to read more. (Also, is that a long title or what?!)

 

Amphibious Thing: The Life of Lord Hervey by Lucy Moore

Publish date 2000, no ebook

Wikipedia page: John Hervey

Discovery method: read about him in current read The Courtiers by Lucy Worsley and wanted to read more. Actually I wanted to read his memoirs, but those seem annoyingly hard to find - especially annoying when so many other memoirs from his time are available for free online. (This may have something to do with his bisexuality, but that's a guess.) Anyway, I have another book of Lucy Moore's - The Thieves Opera - which I liked (but haven't finished), so this one seemed a good purchase. Plus the fact that there aren't many other biographies of Hervey out there.

 

And now something I rarely do - a pre-order:

 

Hack Attack: The Inside Story of How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch, by Nick Davis

Publish date: August 7, 2014, I'm getting the ebook version.

Discovery method: I followed all of Davis' reporting in the Guardian during the whole hacking hooha and am hoping for a good "this is how we researched the story" type of journalism-saga. I've partly read another of Davis' books, Flat Earth News, but I only made it about a fourth of the way in and then set aside. (And then it went into the Packed Into Storage pile.) It was somewhat interesting (no citations though, which bugged me), but in a media-scholarly way and not a fun-and-fascinating way. So we'll see what Davis does with book.

 

What does all this have to do with the whole publishers (specifically Hachette) vs Amazon?

 

[Short version, because I drone on a bit and you may have other reading to get on with: Because I still buy Amazon ebooks and own a kindle I do have that bias - and I have this weakness for ebooks priced under $5. Doesn't mean I completely love/trust Amazon - in fact I'm more often critical of them. But I also don't think I know enough about publishers' motivations either, so I don't really have a side on Amazon vs Hachette.]

 

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