Sunday, January 15, 2012

One of the Great Side Effects of eBooks

So there's this writer, Barry Hughart.

And he writes these three terrific, virtually unclassifiable fantasies...think Sherlock Holmes meets  The Sandman, set in Medieval China...and funny. In fact, he wins a World Fantasy Prize for The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox.
But he and the publishers get into a big tiff and the series ends after three books, instead of the planned-for seven, and all the books disappear from view. Ten years after their original publication, an omnibus version went for $50 - if you could find it.

But now, thanks to ebooks and the Internet, Master Li and Number Ten Ox ride again! Hardcover omnibus, sure, for $40...but also as an ebook for $10. And you, lucky you, can buy the three books on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.


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