There are 8 days to go on our Kickstarter campaign! That means it’s…
I will randomly choose from the next 10 pledges of $50 or more to win the vintage manual for “Time Lord,” the official Doctor Who role playing game. It’s the nerdiest thing I’ve ever seen, and it’s awesome.
I write RPGs as part of my job and even I have never owned this rare item.
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My friend Stepto says:
Tonight I am proud, very proud, to release the audio version of my book, A Microsoft Life. This edition is called “A Microsoft Life: The Audiobook Expanded Edition with Bonus Material and Surprises (Abridged), with a forward by Wil Wheaton. A forward by Paul and Storm. A forward by Mike Phirman. A forward by Len Peralta, A forward by Larry Hryb, and a forward by Joel Watson”
I am BEYOND EXCITED to tell you it’s now available at Bandcamp. It’s 13 dollars, NAY! $12.99! Go here to get it, then come back!
It’s a great book, and all the forewords are really funny. As a superawesome bonus, Stepto is donating a significant portion of the profits to Child’s Play Charity, too.
Check it out, and tell all your friends!
This multiple-foreword idea is terrific. Stepto’s done the blog-to-book transition wonderfully. I can’t wait to get this audiobook.
This is the single most important thing I’ve ever babbled about on the internet.
My incredible partner Tanner is opening a book store here in Chicago. This is their dream, and what we’ve dedicated the last 7 months of our lives to work towards. He quit his job, he sold the proverbial farm, and we are ready to open Uncharted Books very soon—
but not without help from our friends and our communities.
Tanner has launched a Kickstarter and we are looking for people to invest to help turn the perfect location in the heart of Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood from
into a haven for writers, readers, and nerds without refuge.
I know times are tough, I am acutely and personally aware of this fact, so please know that your investment means the world to me and to Tanner and to our future. Your investment, also, is just that: an investment. It comes with a reward. Things like lifetime discounts, free books, swag, and invitations to our investor-only preview party.
Please check out our kickstarter page at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1945935286/uncharted-books to see all of the cool rewards and read more about the store Tanner is trying to build.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to read this and please, please, reblog.
I don’t know these people or live in this part of the city. I love independent booksellers, though, and welcome their enthusiasm and their gumption. Once I get paid, I’m donating to this Kickstarter. Godspeed, booksellers!
Bought a book of mythic and legendary castles, illustrated by Alan Lee, for $5 at the Printer’s Row book fair. For some reason, I’m as excited for this book as I was for David Macaulay’s Castles or any work of Alan Lee’s when I was a boy. It has entries for everything from Asgard to Kafka to Minas Tirith!
Yesterday, on Twitter, the multi-talented Philip J. Reed asked me this question:
Have you ever bought a book ONLY because of its cover and, if so, which book?
Truth is, I am sure the answer is “Yes, but,” with the additional wrinkle that I can’t name one off the top of my head. I mean, can I say that I bought this Edgar Allan Poe volume from Borders’ Classics series based just on the cover when, really, I wanted it for the whole book design and was well aware of its contents? I know I bought the d20 Past supplement for d20 Modern based solely on its artwork, with no intention of using its text in actual play, but that’s not a cover. I’ve bought editions of books for their covers—like The Road—though I knew full well what was inside them. I might’ve bought the paperback of Yiddish Policeman’s Union based solely on its cover, but I bought it for the story, too.
Which reminds me of Michael Chabon’s essay collection, Maps & Legends, which I certainly bought for the cover, in part because the author’s name was on it and in part because the hardcover edition of that book includes three die-cut and layered dust jackets that are just brilliant to behold. So maybe that one, even though I new and trusted the author already, counts?
What’s fascinating about this question, to me, is the fact that I think of myself as the kind of person who would buy a book based on the cover, but in fact I think I pretty quickly do some research to inform my purchase, so that I don’t end up with a dud. My to-be-read list is so long that I don’t make that many impulse buys anymore, alas.