Bundling Russell & Holmes
It’s probably inevitable that the first book in any series is the biggest seller, even if readers loved it. Confronted with a list of a dozen titles, people tend to skip over numbers two through ten or so, I suppose because going on to number two feels like committing to all the ones in between.
And I agree, fourteen or fifteen dollars apiece does seem substantial for books that were published in the nineties. (And no, the author has no say on price. Although yes, the amount I earn depends on what they charge.)
So it’s nice when publishers decide to bundle up numbers of books and sell them at a discount. Random House has a nice pile of the later Russells (nine titles, from O Jerusalem to Dreaming Spies) that works out to about $9 apiece, and Picador’s trio of Martinellis (A Grave Talent; To Play the Fool; With Child) come in at $8 per title.
So now, Picador has a bundle of Russells for you, numbers 2, 3, and 4 in the series. A Monstrous Regiment of Women, A Letter of Mary, and The Moor take you from Mary’s 21st birthday and its meditation on independence through the couple’s early days and on to Hound of the Baskervilles territory. The three come for $19.99, which my mathematical computations tell me is around six and a half dollars each.
An electronic pleasure, waiting for you on your device.
(And yes, this one is in the US only–if there’s a UK offer, I’ll let you know!)