I’ve been known to spend hours searching online for some hard to find edition of an out-of-print crime novel – wading through descriptors like fine, edgeworn, foxed, price clipped, etc. in search of that single bright, tight copy. Not everyone has the time, patience, or desire for such obsessive activities. Fortunately, there are an increasing number of places to track down these novels in eBook form.
Here are two such sources that I’ve recently come across:
1) The Murder Room – This site, launched by the Orion Publishing Group, is dedicated to making classic, hard to find, or out-of-print crime novels available in eBook form. The site is fairly new but already has some 100 or so books available. The Murder Room also has interesting articles, news, competitions, etc. that should appeal to crime fiction fans.
2) Le French Book – This is a new eBook publisher that will focus on making French novels (especially crime novels) available in translation. Many people, myself included, are familiar with only a few French crime authors, Fred Vargas chief among them. Le French Book wants to change that.
I’m particularly interested in Treachery in Bordeaux, the first in The Winemaker Detective Series. There are apparently already 20 books published in the series in France! There’s also a tv adaptation that looks quite promising. Let’s hope someone picks it up for subtitle presentation.
Does anyone know of any other sources for out-of-print or hard to find crime novels?