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message 1: by MK (last edited Apr 29, 2014 10:52AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

MK (wisny) | 2993 comments How's this for 'timely'? Author Harper Lee, on her 88th birthday, has just okay'd release of her famous novel (she's never released another book) in ebook form. Below is an excerpt from an article I just came across:


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Harper Lee OKs e-book version of 'To Kill a Mockingbird'
By Melodi Smith, CNN
updated 11:23 AM EDT, Tue April 29, 2014



(CNN) -- Reclusive author Harper Lee has agreed to allow "To Kill a Mockingbird" to be released electronically, ending what had until now been a glaring holdout in the digital library of literary masterpieces.

Lee announced her decision Monday -- her 88th birthday -- in a statement released by her publisher HarperCollins.

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Inspiring millions

"To Kill a Mockingbird" is told through the eyes of Scout, the daughter of a lawyer in Maycomb, Alabama.
It deals with a local attorney's relationship with his children and his community as he defends an African-American man accused of raping a white woman in the 1930s Jim Crow era.

Its themes of racial injustice and waning innocence, grounded in characters possessing courage and tolerance, have inspired millions of readers.

The 1960 novel -- the only one Lee wrote -- won a Pulitzer Prize and was made into an Academy Award-winning movie.

According to HaperCollins, the novel has sold more than 30 million copies in English worldwide. It's been translated into more than 40 languages, and still sells more than 1 million copies every year.

more: http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/29/living/...

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Mockingbird was chosen from monthly nominations as our May Contemporary Classic Group Read. This thread is open to full discussions about the book, go ahead and spoiler away! :)

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For discussions that don't include plot spoilers, here is the link to the Non-Spoiler thread.
For discussions limited to Part One of the book ONLY, here is the link to the Mockingbird Discussion, Part One ONLY - Spoilers!.

Thankyou! Happy Reading :D

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Link to nominating thread - https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...
Link to poll - https://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/9...

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There is also a film adaptation of this book. If you've seen the movie, and/or would like to discuss it, here's a link - https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...

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message 2: by Feliks (last edited Apr 29, 2014 09:04AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Feliks (dzerzhinsky) Not an honorable way to celebrate her birthday, if you ask me...she shouldn't be caving-in to the horrible e-book trend.


message 3: by MK (new) - rated it 5 stars

MK (wisny) | 2993 comments Feliks wrote: "Not an honorable way to celebrate her birthday, if you ask me...she shouldn't be caving-in to the horrible e-book trend."

I'm the opposite. An avowed Kindle and ebook lover. I've never read more, than since I've gotten a kindle and easy access to so many books. Easier to store, instantly available, and less expensive to acquire. I'm a big fan :)


message 4: by Bob, Short Story Classics (last edited Apr 30, 2014 06:57AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Bob | 4912 comments Mod
I can’t begrudge Ms. Lee for capitalizing on new technology and making a buck or two. I also know that ereaders are here to stay. I use a Kindle (only for classics), but I prefer paper and ink. I will never prefer electronic books over the printed hold in your hand real books. An old Kindle will never be the same as an old book with its yellowed edges.


Melanti | 2384 comments I'm surprised, actually. As vehemently opposed to ebooks as she's been, I thought we'd have to wait a couple of decades for her estate to release the book. But ... not quite in time for the group read. You can buy it now for a $5 preorder but it's not being released until July 8th.

I've added the Kindle edition to the database. The link is here:To Kill a Mockingbird

I love my Kindle and ebooks too. It means I can carry half my library around with me in my pocket and I'm never without something great to read.


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MK (wisny) | 2993 comments Thx, Melanti! I pre-ordered it. It was down to $4.64 when I clicked 'order'.


Melanti | 2384 comments Huh. This is odd. It was actually around $4.75 when I preordered it, and I just rounded up for simplicity's sake.

But I was just in my Amazon account page and it's saying it's preordered for $0.39! Then I clicked on the order to get more details and it says $4.55 there! I wonder if I'll get the $0.39 price, the $4.55 price, or the $4.75 price when it's delivered?

Amazon sometimes gives you the lowest price it was ever at during the time you had it on pre-order, so perhaps they dropped it down to $0.39 by accident for a few minutes?


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MK (wisny) | 2993 comments ooooo how do I check this? I wonder what they charged me


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MK (wisny) | 2993 comments My order details also say $4.55! I don't know how to check the other way that you mentioned tho ...


Melanti | 2384 comments Well, they won't charge your credit/debit card until they deliver the book.

But if you go to the "Manage your kindle" page ( https://www.amazon.com/myk )then click on "Pending Deliveries" in the left hand column.


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MK (wisny) | 2993 comments Melanti wrote: "Well, they won't charge your credit/debit card until they deliver the book.

But if you go to the "Manage your kindle" page ( https://www.amazon.com/myk )then click on "Pending Deliveries" in the..."


Huh, that's not ending up good for me :p. That page says they're going to charge me $5.40. Higher than it was when I bought it, higher than it is now, and higher than it says on my order details (all three of those numbers vary, lol).


Melanti | 2384 comments lol. Well, make sure to check your receipt in July!

I wonder what on earth is going on?! I've never seen this before on any of my Kindle orders! Though, granted, I don't pre-order all that often.

If you're worried, perhaps email their customer service? I'd do it, but I'm happy with the possibility I might get it for under $1 and I don't want to do anything to mess that up.


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MK (wisny) | 2993 comments ha! I wouldn't either, if one of my possibilities was $0.39 :D.

I'll wait until it arrives in July, and see how they worked it out. Who knows, there might be six more numbers before then :p


Melanti | 2384 comments I just figured it out!

I still have some money from the price-fixing settlement in my account and that should cover the price of the book, but the $0.39 is the tax that the settlement funds won't cover. So the price on the "Manage your kindle" page must include tax, but the order details doesn't show tax until after you've bought it.

When looking at another book I bought last week, it shows $0.33 on the "Manage your Kindle" page, and when I look at the order details it shows the $3.99 price, the line item for the settlement funds, and a $0.33 tax charge.

Disappointing that I'm going to pay more than a dollar but mystery solved!


message 15: by MK (new) - rated it 5 stars

MK (wisny) | 2993 comments Hmmmm ... your mystery is solved! Hopefully, by the time it's released, mine will solve itself, and I won't be paying extra :p


Melanti | 2384 comments Well, true... $0.85 seems like an absurdly high amount for sales tax on a $4.55 item here in the US. Isn't the highest tax rate around 10% or something?

So, I guess you'll still have to inspect your receipt.


message 17: by MK (new) - rated it 5 stars

MK (wisny) | 2993 comments We're 5% in Maine, so it must be something else.


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MK (wisny) | 2993 comments My copy arrived on my kindle yesterday :)


Melanti | 2384 comments MK, they lowered the price by 0.75 just after it was published.

If you didn't get the $3.95 price, you could save a bit of money by returning and re-purchasing it.


message 20: by MK (new) - rated it 5 stars

MK (wisny) | 2993 comments Oh man, thanks for heads up. Lemme check!


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MK (wisny) | 2993 comments They charged me $4.81 -

Item(s) Subtotal: $4.55
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Total Before Tax: $4.55
Tax Collected: $0.26
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Grand Total: $4.81


message 22: by MK (last edited Jul 09, 2014 07:55AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

MK (wisny) | 2993 comments I returned it. After refund processes (3-5 days they said), I'll re-purchase it.

I didn't think to check that on the other pre-order I did (The Zhivago affair), and it's too late to do refund thing (it was published June 17).

Boo, this is souring me on the whole pre-order thingamajig

(edit - just checked, Zhivago affair is same price now, as I paid. So, I guessssss it's okay! :p)


Melanti | 2384 comments Well, the great thing about pre-ordering is that you get the lowest price it ever was during that whole period - so if they lower it for a promotion or something, you'll get the lower price. But yeah, it's kind of a jerk move to reduce the price right after it's too late for the pre-order people!

Ooh, and I looked at The Zhivago affair. That's a double jerk move! It looks like they increased their price for the week prior to the release date, then lowered it down again the day of.

Publishers rely on pre-orders to get books to hit the bestseller charts that first week! I don't understand why they'd do things that would jeopardize that practice.


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MK (wisny) | 2993 comments Freaky on The Zhivago Affair!


And, yea, it leaves a bad taste in the mouth to lower the price right AFTER release date (if you pre-ordered, I mean)


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MK (wisny) | 2993 comments ps - how do you find the price histories, Melanti?

You are a wealth of information, on many topics! I'm so glad I 'met' you :)


Melanti | 2384 comments EreaderIQ. It's a site where you can sign up for email alerts if Amazon drops the price on a book you're waiting for.

Once one person starts tracking a book, the site will start keeping track of the price over time.

http://www.ereaderiq.com/dp/B00HKVE1K...


Melanti | 2384 comments By the way, a similar website that tracks prices for any non-Kindle items on Amazon is CamelCamelCamel. Very handy on seeing how good of a discount/sale you're actually getting!

http://camelcamelcamel.com/


message 28: by MK (new) - rated it 5 stars

MK (wisny) | 2993 comments cool! tyvm :)


message 29: by MK (new) - rated it 5 stars

MK (wisny) | 2993 comments ahhh, they expect The Zhivago Affair to drop to $9.99 ....


message 30: by MK (new) - rated it 5 stars

MK (wisny) | 2993 comments ^^^ that was the EreaderIQ site.

Camelcamelcamel has this notice:

"We're sorry, but due to Amazon not allowing us to track "Kindle Edition" products, we don't have any price data for this product."


wow!


Melanti | 2384 comments I think they put that note on any book priced above $9.99.


message 32: by MK (new) - rated it 5 stars

MK (wisny) | 2993 comments oooOOooo


Melanti | 2384 comments And yep, CamelCamelCamel is for physical objects only, not e-books.

EreaderIQ does ebooks, but not physical objects.


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