More thoughts on collecting ebooks

ISBN numbers

For those unaware, ISBN numbers are 10 (and later 13) digit numbers assigned to books to uniquely identify them. In theory, they don't just identify a title, but rather a specific edition of it. For a typical modern book, this might be many such numbers... an author will sell his book to a US publisher, who prints a hardback edition (that's one ISBN), then releases it in paperback (another ISBN), then sell it to the UK publisher (yet another), who also releases paperbacks (one again). If years later the rights get sold to another publisher, those will get their own as well.

But about the year 2000 (plus or minus a few years), we started to see ebooks appear. In theory, those also get their own numbers, separate from paperback and hardback. On some titles, I'm even seeing 3 different ISBNs for ebooks. One for .epub format, another for Amazon Kindle, and a third which says "Acrobat Reader" (which I'm assuming is PDF, but that's unclear to me). However, for any early eb

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Hugo and Retro Hugo finalists announced

From website:

>CoNZealand, the 78th World Science Fiction Convention, has announced the finalists for the 2020 Hugo Awards, Lodestar and Astounding Awards and the 1945 Retro Hugo Awards.

>First presented in 1953, the Hugo Awards are the longest-running fan-voted awards in science fiction and fantasy. They recognise both professionals and fans, honouring written fiction and dramatic presentations, artists, editors and others.

>The video announcing the finalists is available for viewing on the CoNZealand YouTube channel.

>β€œCongratulations to all those announced today. Being a finalist for a Hugo Award signifies the high esteem in which the fan community holds your work. Getting to this stage is a huge achievement,” said CoNZealand Co-Chairs Norman Cates and Kelly Buehler.

>Nominations for the 2020 and 1945 Hugo Awards were submitted by the members of CoNZealand, the 78th Worldcon, and Dub

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Ladies and gents, since we all have exquisite taste in literature, how about some recommendations?

I was browsing the tower of the hand site and came across this, a neat little list of books recommended by the master himself. But the list is short and unlikely to last as a distraction for the next 5 years, therefor I propose we build our own list. Surely amongst the 30k+ crows here we might find some gems.

There's little honor in asking without giving, so here are my top three:

  1. The Elemental Series, by Laurie J. Marks. I put this first as it's the freshest for me - 4 books, the fourth of which is coming out next year at some point. I should note that Marks drops you right into her world with little explanation which made the first chapter of the first book a little confusing for me, but by the second chapter I was hooked.

  2. The Discworld Series, by Terry Pratchett. If you haven't read any of these yet, you'r

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#AOTM August: Haruki Murakami & Jhumpa Lahiri

Welcome to the August edition of A.O.T.M (Authors of the Month).

[previous thread] (https://www.reddit.com/r/Indianbooks/comments/4qmtao/authors_of_the_month_aotm_isaac_asimov_ruskin_bond/)

International

Dive right into the surreal world of Haruki Murakami; cats, wells, music, eclectic references, lots of cooking, and ennui wrapped in magical elements .

You can start with [Norwegian Wood] (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11297.Norwegian_Wood), which is a standalone novel or [The Rat Trilogy] (https://www.goodreads.com/series/56960-the-rat) which consists of Murakami's earliest work and have a beautiful formative conjuration feel to it.

Bibliography

  • A Wild Sheep Chase.

  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

  • Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World.

  • Sputnik Sweetheart.

  • 1q84

  • Kafka on the shore

Indian

Jhumpa Lahiri ,winner of 2000 pulitzer award for fiction for Int

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Please recommend some good detective stories/novels

Last I read Millenium and I want some more EDIT: just a list of the books recommended so far, with links to bibliographies EDIT: reorganizing the list and adding some consistency

EDIT: Thanks to all the people who helped build this list and helped me have fun and expand my mind

Authors+titles

[Isaac Asimov] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Asimov#Other_writings) - Black Widowers

Raymond Chandler - The Long Goodbye, Farewell, My Lovely

[G.K. Chesterton] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G._K._Chesterton_bibliography) - Fr. Brown stories

[Lee Child] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Child#Novels_and_awards) - Reacher

[Wilkie Collins] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilkie_Collins#Bibliography) - The Moonstone

[Michael Connelly] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Connelly#Works) - The Harry Bosch Novels

[Robert Crais] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Crais#Bibliography) - The Elvis Cole series

[Jeffrey Deaver]

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