Thursday, April 04, 2013

Night Shade Books - What Now?

So, news has broken that Night Shade Books is in serious trouble. They are looking to sell all of their assets to avoid bankruptcy and at least get some of the owed for their authors. This is a good summary, follow other links (mainly in comments) from there. I'm not going into the details because I don't know them and a some searching on the web will provide. But I do find it unfortunate in large part because Night Shade has published some really good stuff over the past few years and I hate to see that go away.
So, I did some poking around. You CAN still buy books published by Night Shade. There are still physical books at places like Amazon and B&N, and probably your local Indie books seller as well. You can also still buy digital copies of the books - I just bought And Blue Skies From Pain by Stina Leicht (Indiebound, Book Depository, Amazon) - my first electronic book from a local Indie store through KOBO for what it's worth. I assume dead tree books will be there until they all sell. I assume digital books will be available until the legal limbo of a sale of assets or bankruptcy. So, the take home message is if you want to support the authors of Night Shade, or if you've been meaning to buy one of their books, or if you're looking for some good books, now is the time to buy them since they are still available. NOTE: I would not suggest preordering books that aren't published yet, as I doubt we'll see them for a long time and probably not from Night Shade.
Anyway, below are links to reviews I've written for books published by Night Shade (at least since I began tracking that a few years ago). Go get some good books and support some very worried authors!

EDIT: And, I think it's probably a good idea to consider stripping the DRM from any Night Shade ebooks you own at this point. Who knows what will happen in accessing those books once Night Shade enters legal limbo from a buyout or bankruptcy. Ebooks have been locked in other publishing bankruptcy proceedings. FYI - Baen Books sells all Night Shade books with no DRM.

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