Zombies Vs Unicorns Makes Entertainment Weekly

ZvU was recently featured on Entertainment Weekly’s Shelf Life. Though the article calls the collection a book of “essays,” do not be fooled. I think it meant that the essays were the connecting bits written by Holly and Justine, on the specific merits of the beasties of their choice. The actual contributions of all the writers are fictional.

Well, not my story, of course. As always, I am your faithful documentarian of all the human stories caught up in the fight against the growing unicorn menace.Yes, this is what I do for you. No need to thank me. Or, you know, if you do have the need to thank me, you can do so by buying a copy of Rampant. Or ZvU. Or Both.

I’d tell you to preorder it on Amazon, but then you might end up in the same boat as me, whereby you have preordered and paid for something on Amazon which they will now not deliver because they are in a little snit with the publisher and yet have not offered to refund your money. So I don’t recommend that. And I think it’s probably a tad too early to put in an order for ZvU at your local indie. Though you can order Rampant from your local indie here. I have a friend who was in the MIDDLE of reading a Macmillan book she’d bought and paid for on her Kindle and it vanished. That seems really wrong to me. And yet Amazon is painting itself as the wronged party! (Oh yes, they say they capitulated, but Macmillan print and ebooks have not been re-listed yet.)

Zombies Vs. Unicorns is being published by Simon & Schuster. I don’t know what their plan is regarding the pricing of kindle versions. Rampant is published by Harper Collins and yesterday, Rupert Murdoch, the big boss, announced he was having a sit-down with Amazon to renegotiate. We’ll see how that shakes out. I know I’m not buying a kindle, though. I like to own the books I buy, not rent them at Amazon’s pleasure. I’ve got a library down the street for that.

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8 Responses to Zombies Vs Unicorns Makes Entertainment Weekly

  1. Annie says:

    I haven’t bought into the e-book idea because I love paper books. I love seeing them on my shelves. I love having a spine call out to me and get me to pick it up and read it. I love dog earing pages. I love being able to loan a book to a friend. I love knowing that 20 years from now, so long as my eyes still work, I will still be able to read my paper version.

    There’s just something wrong to me about spending a ton of money on a digital reader, then spending the same amount of money I’d pay for a hard copy version of a book when the publisher hasn’t had to fork out costs for printing and shipping, etc. They’re saving so much money on e-book sales and yet the consumer doesn’t see the deiscount. I can’t loan out a book I have on a kindle. And if technology changes in x many years, I’d be paying for new readers and rebuying books I like to reread.

    I think that’s awful that your friend’s book disappeared! I’s be SO PISSED!!!!!!

    And I refuse to give Amazon business. With all that “censoring” they did with various romance titles a while ago, I just don’t like the way they handle things and would rather spend my money elsewhere.

  2. Diana says:

    Annie, the thing is, right now, they’re actually NOT saving a whole bunch of money. I sell maybe a handful of ebooks for every title, and yet the publisher has to pay to convert and list these books in a dozen different formats, and deal with and check and correct all the bugs that each conversion introduces — not to mention the money spent for legal to track down and police the hundreds of pirated versions that pop up all the time.

    Unless you are buying a very popular book, you aren’t really paying for printing and shipping. You are paying for editing, copyediting, keeping the lights on at the publisher, cover design, marketing and — oh yeah, writing. Publisher EAT the cost of shipping by the millions because of the returns system.

    This whole “ebooks shouldn’t cost anything because they don’t cost anything to make” argument is something invented by the makers of ebook readers to justify you spending $400 on their product.

  3. PurpleRanger says:

    Zombies vs. Unicorns — is this the new Pirates vs. Ninjas?

  4. Cassandra Yorgey says:

    I’ve been wondering what happened to the Macmillan books *already* purchased on Kindles – I had suspicions since Amazon crept in at night and stole everyones copies of 1984. It’s almost like the company is *trying* to sytematically make people hate them.

  5. Blackwatch says:

    Well, the problem is not the same here, in Europe. But even if the offer of e-readers was as large and popular as in the US, I still think I would buy my copy of “Ascendant” or “Zombies VS Unicorns” in bookstores ^^

  6. Annie says:

    I definitely wasn’t trying to say that ebooks shouldn’t cost anything. But I don’t think an e-book should cost the same as a hardback. If I was sold on the ebook format, I would be willing to spend $10 on it, but no more than that.

  7. christy says:

    that’s the thing… I wanted an eReader for a while, and I was leaning toward the Kindle — then this! and now, I am not so much in favor of the Kindle. -__- Will stick with my physical library of books for a while yet… though I am desperately dreading my next move which will require me to haul bins full of books down a set of stairs, across the complex, through the parking lot, and into my car… and then into the next play I occupy. Le Sigh.

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