Kindle Nation Daily has (duh) daily information about deals on books from Amazon for the Kindle and today the deal was a book called A Gay and Melancholy Sound by Merle Miller. The reason this book was featured is that it is part of a new series from Amazon called Book Lust Rediscoveries, which features books that have gone out of print between 1960 and 2000 that have been personally selected by Nancy Pearl, award winning librarian and Action Figure.
In a quote from Publishers Weekly Pearl said,
“I’m thrilled that Book Lust Rediscoveries makes it possible to republish many of my all-time favorite novels, all of which have long been out of print,” said Pearl in a statement. “Helping these wonderful books find new readers is, for me, a joy and a delight.” Pearl, based in Seattle, said she was “blown away” by Amazon Publishing’s enthusiasm for the project. And buying the books will help libraries—Pearl has committed to donate a portion of the proceeds from sales of books in the series to the Nancy Pearl Endowment for Public Librarianship at the University of Washington’s Information School.
The Miller book sounds interesting, and for $1.99 I can’t go wrong. This is an excellent way to preselect books I’ve never heard of (not that I need any help finding books) and I am looking forward to reading more in this seriesl
About Nancy Pearl, from Amazon:
Nancy Pearl is a librarian and lifelong reader. She regularly comments on books on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. Her books include 2003’s Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Reason, 2005’s More Book Lust: 1,000 New Reading Recommendations for Every Mood, Moment and Reason; Book Crush: For Kids and Teens: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Interest, published in 2007, and 2010’s Book Lust To Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds, and Dreamers. Among her many awards and honors are the 2011 Librarian of the Year Award from Library Journal; the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association; the 2010 Margaret E. Monroe Award from the Reference and Users Services Association of the American Library Association; and the 2004 Women’s National Book Association Award, given to “a living American woman who …has done meritorious work in the world of books beyond the duties or responsibilities of her profession or occupation.”
crossposted in JoaK