Book publisher Orbit and a bunch of ebook vendors have moved solidly into the 21st Century and started a promotion offering one ebook a month for just $1.00. At the end of the promotional month the cost of the ebook returns to its normal price and a new one gets the discount. You can learn all about it here.

Books included are The Way of Shadows by new author Brent Weeks, Empress by Karen Miller and science fiction classics including Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks. This isn’t just a half-hearted sales pitch. Use of Weapons is a great book and I’m currently reading The Way of Shadows and thoroughly enjoying it. (I’ll write more about it when I’ve finished). The first ebook for a dollar will be Brian Ruckley’s Winterbirth in April.


Orbit’s Tim Holman said, “We believe that this promotion will give readers a great opportunity to discover new writers. Most of our consumer marketing has an online focus, and the digital marketplace offers the perfect platform for price-promotion initiatives such as this. It will be very exciting to see how effective it is. The range of titles chosen for the promotion includes a mix of frontlist and backlist, from both new and established authors, and we will be monitoring the performance of every title very closely.”

Nice going, Orbit. Now we just need a really, really good e-reader…

EDIT: Be sure to check the comments for a bit of discussion on e-readers.