April 19, 2014

Zola Weekend Newsletter – April 19, 2014

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Updike by Adam Begley

Updike is Adam Begley’s masterful, much-anticipated biography of one of the most celebrated figures in American literature: Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Updike—a candid, intimate, and richly detailed look at his life and work. And we’ve got it at the lowest price around—27% off list price. Read more here.

Zola Deals

This week, two great ebooks from Graywolf Press: Spring, the U.S. debut of U.K. author David Szalay (named one of The Daily Telegraph’s twenty best British novelists under forty), and Refresh, Refresh, Benjamin Percy’s devastating collection of short stories. We’ve got them each for just $2.99, along with titles from Thrity UmrigarGreg IlesJames Rollins, and more. See all of our Zola Deals here.

The Book Cellar Recommends:
Dark Lies the Island by Kevin Barry

Dark Lies The Island

“In Dark Lies the Island, Barry, like [George] Saunders, probes the mundanity of everyday life—peeling away the facades we so carefully build to feign normalcy and revealing uncomfortable, often painful, realities of ‘normal life,’ or, sometimes, glimmers of hope where there seemed only darkness. He is a writer to watch.” — Riley, The Book Cellar

The Book Cellar   Located in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood, The Book Cellar provides not only a fantastic selection of books, but wine by the glass, cozy couches, and delicious café fare as well. Read more here.
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Zola Open Classics:
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

“All modern American literature comes from one book,” said Ernest Hemingway. That book was Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. If it’s been a while since you last read it, download our Open Classics edition today, which not only includes the full unexpurgated text, but also the art and chapter headings by E. W. Kemble from the original 1884 edition. See it and the rest of our line of beautifully rendered Open Classics here.

Waiting for Android?

We’d like to let you know when the Zola Books app for Android becomes available. Sign up here and we’ll alert you as soon as it’s ready.

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April 15, 2014

Read with Friends – Download the Zola Books App

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Download the new Zola Books app for iPhone and iPad.

The Zola Books app lets readers highlight passages within a book and share comments with small groups of users such as friends, family and book clubs or share broadly on Facebook and Twitter. Readers can also follow favorite authors on the Zola network to view their comments and annotations in books. For more ways to use the Zola Books app, check out our staff pro tips.

Zola Books offers over 150,000 ebooks from major publishers, free extended excerpts of upcoming titles, and popular titles not available digitally elsewhere. Every Zola Books account comes with 17 free books from the growing Zola Open Classics collection, including The King in Yellow, Middlemarch, and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

Waiting for Android?

We’d like to let you know when the Zola Books app for Android becomes available. Sign up here and we’ll alert you as soon as it’s ready.

 

April 12, 2014

Zola Weekend Newsletter – April 12, 2014

Zola Books

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige — $7.99

Dorothy Must Die

You’ve heard all about Elphaba’s witchy ways in the Wicked series, but what happens when the super-cute Dorothy Gale turns out to be Oz’s worst ruler? In this edgy new dystopian YA novel, Amy Gumm, the other girl from Kansas, has to set things right. Nerdist calls Dorothy Must Die “the ultimate in girl-powered literature”—and we’ve got it for you at the singularly low price of just $7.99. Read more here.

Zola Deals

No Place Like Oz

Freakonomics turned the application of economic theory into one of the most entertaining topics in popular culture. We’ve got it now for just $1.99. Also, pop-culture juggernaut Eugene Mirman’s (Flight of the ConchordsBob’s Burgers) satirical self-help book The Will to Whatevs—if it doesn’t fix your life, it will at least make you laugh. Out loud. While reading on your phone in public. And if you’re looking for even more Dorothy, snap up No Place Like Oz, the digital-only prequel to Dorothy Must Die, for just $1.99. See all our Zola Deals here.

Inkwood Books Recommends:
The Book of Duels by Michael Garriga

The Book of Duels

“There are many great storytellers published today, but it takes an exceptional writer to tell a story in so few words—and Michael Garriga does it brilliantly. Told candidly from the perspective of each duelist and a witness…. this debut collection will make readers take note of flash fiction.”
— Lindsay, Inkwood Books

Inkwood Books   Inkwood Books is Tampa, Florida’s only independent bookstore for new books; features a continually outstanding lineup of author events; and boasts an amazing selection of autographed books, fiction, kid’s books, Floridiana, and more. Read more here.

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Zola Open Classics:
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Wizard of Oz

In the beginning… the slippers were silver, and the denizens of Oz wore green-tinted goggles. Read L. Frank Baum’s own The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, complete with the original W. W. Denslow color illustrations from 1900—faithfully and beautifully rendered for your viewing pleasure on the iPad and iPhone. You’ll find a fascinating world in the original text, which provides an unexpected archaeology of meaning behind a story that has echoed through culture for over a century. You can find it and our entire line of gorgeous Zola Open Classics here.

You can also get your copy of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz preloaded in the new Zola Books app for iPhone and iPad. Just download the app and you can enjoy it and the rest of our Zola Open Classics right away.

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We’d like to let you know when the Zola Books app for Android becomes available. Sign up here and we’ll alert you as soon as it’s ready.
 

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April 11, 2014

Watch This, Read That: Joe

Could Nicolas Cage be making a comeback? Early reactions to his role in Joe, the adaptation of Larry Brown’s novel of the same name, seem to think so. Check it out yourself April 11.

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April 10, 2014

How to Get the Most Out of the Zola Books App

We hope you’re already enjoying the Zola Books app on your iPhone or iPad. Here are some pro tips from our staff on how we like to get the most out of reading with our app.

 

1. Use our people finder to connect with your friends who are already reading with Zola, and invite more!

Visit our People Finder to find your Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail contacts who are using Zola Books.

 

2. Take advantage of our free Zola Open Classics

We’ve created a collection of 17 great books (so far), custom-formatted them with new art and vintage fonts, and put them in the Zola Books app for everyone to enjoy. We’ve got everything from Carmilla (one of the first vampire novels) to Middlemarch, to pop-culture touchstones like The King in Yellow. Our newest ZOC is The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which includes W.W. Denslow’s original illustrations.

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3. Enable sharing from the app to Facebook and Twitter by updating your app settings

Turn your friends on to the coolest parts of what you’re reading by sharing highlights directly to your favorite social networks.

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4. Highlight, comment, and discuss with friends.

Start a virtual book club with your friend who lives across the country, or read a book with your family. You can share your comments with all of your Zola followers or you can select just a few for a private group reading experience.
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PS – Have an Android device but hungry for a more social e-reading experience? Click here to sign up to be notified when an Android version is released.

 

April 10, 2014

Zola Books for Android Coming Soon!

April 10, 2014

Zola Books’ Reading App Adds In-book Commenting, Sharing, and Free Books

NEW YORK April 10, 2014 — Zola Books, a cloud platform for book discovery and reading, has added new features that let users read alone or with friends using highlighting, commenting, and sharing in Zola’s social reading app for iPhone and iPad. The new release also lets readers sign in with Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or Goodreads and access 17 free ebooks preloaded into the app.

iPhone5S-OzScreenshot1The Zola app lets readers highlight passages within a book and share comments with small groups of users such as friends, family and book clubs within the Zola network or share broadly on Facebook and Twitter. Readers can also follow favorite authors on Zola network to see their comments and annotations in books.

“We founded Zola Books to bring readers, writers, tastemakers, booksellers, and publishers together where the magic of reading happens — inside the books they love,” said Joe Regal, Zola Books CEO. “The release of these new features on the Zola app is the first step toward to creating a truly social digital reading experience.”

With a growing network of readers, authors, booksellers, and library partners, Zola Books creates a unique space to discover books and read with friends. Zola Books offers over 150,000 ebooks from major publishers, free extended excerpts of upcoming titles, and popular titles not available digitally elsewhere.

Now, every Zola Books account comes with 17 free books from the growing Zola Open Classics collection. L. Frank Baum’s masterpiece The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, available today, is the latest in the custom-designed series, and Zola’s electronic edition includes W.W. Denslow’s original illustrations, specifically enhanced for Zola’s app environment.

“With beautiful plates that burst with color, original fonts from the first edition’s cover, and illustrated headers throughout, this edition is a digital treasure to be enjoyed by all,” said Jordan Scott, Digital Production Manager at Zola Books.

Additional free classic titles include The King in Yellow, Middlemarch, and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

See the full list of Zola Open Classics.

Zola Books’ social reading app is available for iPhone and iPad in the iTunes App Store as a free download here.

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About Zola Books
Zola Books’ mission is to enable the ultimate reading experience through innovative technology. Zola’s state-of-the-art book recommendation engine Bookish Recommends is a new way to find great reads you might otherwise miss on Bookish.com and partner sites such at The New York Public Library. Zola’s social reading app is a unique way to read with friends. Zola also shares profits with booksellers who recommend books online and off. In January 2014, Zola Books acquired Bookish, a book recommendation platform founded by Hachette Book Group, Penguin Group (USA) and Simon & Schuster. For more information, please visit http://www.zolabooks.com and follow @zolabooks.

April 7, 2014

Watch This, Read That: Palo Alto

James Franco stars as a pedophilic soccer coach lusting after Emma Roberts in Palo Alto, the film adaptation to his short story collection, which hits theaters this May.

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April 5, 2014

Zola’s Saturday Newsletter – April 5, 2014

Zola Books

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

The new book by Emma Donoghue (ROOMSlammerkin) is a literary crime novel set in a smelly, hot, and seedy San Francisco of 1876, that author Darin Strauss (Half a LifeChang and Eng) calls her “greatest achievement yet.” We’ve got it for just $10.99 on the Zola app for iPad and iPhone. Read more here.

Zola Deals

Iain Banks’ first novel The Wasp Factory isn’t for everyone, but if you know someone who’s read it, they’ve likely shuddered in awe. Add it to your digital library for just $3.39, and it will be there when you’re ready for it. Plus, Joe Hill’s Horns is back for a limited time at $2.99, as well as titles from Philippa GregoryJames Lee Burke, and more. See them all here.

Nantucket Bookworks Recommends:
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

“Gabrielle Zevin has written a charming tale based on the curmudgeonly bookseller of an independent shop called Island Books. (Clearly this resonates with yours truly!) It should be the big hit of the summer, and I do hope you’ll give it a try.”
— Wendy, Nantucket Bookworks

Nantucket Bookworks Nantucket Bookworks is a full-service, general interest bookstore in Nantucket, MA, selling new books and a selection of out-of-print Nantucket titles. Read more here.
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Zola Open Classics:
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome

Three Men in a Boat

Three Men in a Boat has never been out of print since its first publication in 1889. How can three Englishmen on a camping trip continue to be funny for over 120 years? While it’s not The Three Stooges, this classic proves that the English have maintained their empire of comedy to this day. Find out for yourself just what’s so hilarious. See our full line of handsome Open Classics here.

What would you like to see?

It is Zola’s Saturday Ebook Newsletter’s mission to help you find books you’ll love and want to read with friends in the Zola app for iPhone and iPad. If there’s something you’d like to see more of let us know at newsletter@zolabooks.com and we will feature it here.
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March 29, 2014

Zola’s Saturday Newsletter – March 29, 2014

Zola Books

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shorts for 99 Cents

This weekend, treat yourself to some highly entertaining sci-fi and fantasy from the Zola dollar store! Short stories from John Scalzi (author of Redshirts), Leigh Bardugo, (Shadow and Bone), Lish McBride (Necromancing the Stone), and Cory Doctorow (Little Brother) — as well as the 2012 Hugo award winning “Six Months, Three Days” by Charlie Jane Anders; and “Down on the Farm” by Charles Stross (Note: we also have his novella “Equoid” about ravenous unicorns!). See them all here.

Zola Deals

This week we’ve got Emma Donoghue’s hugely popular ROOM — if your book club hasn’t tackled it yet, read it together in the Zola app for iPhone and iPad while it’s just $2.99! We’ve also got No Place Like Oz, the digital-only prequel to Dorothy Must Die, which comes out next week. Plus, tales of a young Lemony SnicketColm Toibin, and more. See them all here.

St. Johns Booksellers Recommends: In the Garden of Iden by Kage Baker

In the Garden of Iden
 

“The first book in Baker’s critically admired Company series introduces the minions of Dr. Zeus Inc. Their mission? To survive history and secure the treasures of the past for the wealthy collectors of the future. Darkly funny, combining historical fiction with a satirical look at a possible future in an engaging literary style.”
— Néna, St. Johns Booksellers

St. Johns Booksellers St. Johns Booksellers is a family-owned bookstore located in the historic heart of Portland, Oregon’s St. Johns neighborhood. Read more here.
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Zola Open Classics: Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Carmilla

What is up with lesbian vampires? This novella, published 25 years before Bram Stoker’s Dracula, invented the trope. As much a subject for fascinating cultural critique today as it was in 1872, Carmilla is also a great horror story, and its writing, themes, and structure made its mark on the genre ever since. Share the spookiness by reading it with friends in the Zola app! Carmilla Book Club! See our full line of beautifully-designed Open Classics here.

What would you like to see?

It is Zola’s Saturday Ebook Newsletter’s mission to help you find books you’ll love and want to read with friends in the Zola app for iPhone and iPad. If there’s something you’d like to see more of, let us know at newsletter@zolabooks.com and we will feature it here.
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