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Hello everyone and happy Sunday! For those in the US, we hope you’re enjoying your long weekend.

Down to business!

Giveaway Winners:

We have THREE lucky giveaway winners to announce! The lucky winners of The Thief’s Covenant by Ari Marmell are:

Whispering Words

Lisa (Starmetal Oak)


Congratulations to the winners! You know the drill. Send an email to us at contact AT thebooksmugglers DOT com, and we’ll get your winnings off to you as soon as possible. Remember, our giveaways for The Nightmare Garden by Caitlin Kittredge is still open, so sign up for a chance to win.

A Heartfelt Thank You:

Earlier this week, I asked you, fellow readers and bloggers to complete a survey about book buyer habits and perception, especially with regard to ebooks. Thanks to you, I now have an *incredible* sample of data with which to prepare my thesis – a thesis I will get to present in front of a board of Big Six publishing professionals. The message that you have sent in your responses is insightful, fascinating, and hopefully will be eye-opening to the industry.

So, dear readers, I want to say THANK YOU. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart; a million times over, THANK YOU!

On a related note, if anyone that participated in the survey is interested in the results, I am happy to post the findings and analysis. As I am an ebook-maker and digital manager for a major publishing house by day, I’m thinking about summarizing all results in – what else?! – a DRM-free ebook (for non-commercial purposes, of course), and am happy to share that information with anyone who is interested. Please send an email, or leave a comment here, if you are so inclined!

This Week on the Book Smugglers:

On Monday, Ana (still reeling from the awesomeness of Code Name Verity) kicks off the week with a review of historical epistolary novel The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer.

Tuesday, Ana is back with a review of one of her most highly anticipated novels of the year, Gil Marsh by A.C.E. Bauer, a contemporary YA retelling of the Epic of Gilgamesh.

On Wednesday, it’s Thea’s turn to review one of her most highly anticipated books of the year with YA post-apocalyptic dystopian novel Partials by Dan Wells.

Thursday, Thea takes on Earthseed by Pamela Sargent, a classic science fiction story recently repackaged and republished for a new generation (yay!).

On Friday, we close out the week with a joint review of middle grade fantasy novel The Humming Room by Ellen Potter.

It’s a busy week, and we hope you enjoy! Until tomorrow we remain…

~ Your Friendly Neighborhood Book Smugglers


  • Deirdre
    February 19, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Gotta love the puffy 80s jackets on the first Earthseed cover!

  • Kailana
    February 19, 2012 at 11:27 am

    I know that I would love to see the results of the survey! I am curious. 🙂

  • Jenni
    February 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    I’d love to see the results of the survey if you wouldn’t mind passing them on 🙂

  • Kristen
    February 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    I would love to see the results of the survey! It sounds very interesting.

    Good luck with your presentation!

  • Emily
    February 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    I would definitely be interested in seeing the data from your survey. 😀

  • Lizzy
    February 19, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I’d definitely be interested in the results of the survey.

  • Amy
    February 19, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    I will ditto everyone else; I’d also love to see your survey results. 🙂

  • rissatoo
    February 19, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    I’d also like to see those results, please.

  • Alex
    February 19, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    I would definitely be interested in seeing the survey results!

  • April Books & Wine
    February 19, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    I would love to see the survey results 🙂

  • janicu
    February 19, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Congratulations to those THIEF’S CONVENANT winners – yay, starmetaloak!

    And, I also would love to see this ebook about the survey.

  • NiceOrc
    February 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Yes, another one here who would like to see the survey results.

    Also, such a cute picture of Calvin, Susie and Hobbes – where’s it from?

  • Anastasia @ Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog
    February 19, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    They’re republishing Earthseed? Yay! Maybe this’ll motivate me to finally read Farseed.

  • Marta Acosta
    February 19, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Hi, Thea! I’m definitely interested in the results of your survey. NPR had a story today on how e-books are “democratizing” publishing. As you may know, I released my manuscript of my YA gothic on Scribd before it was bought by Tor Teen.

    Digital media is also letting authors publish audio books inexpensively. I’m using Amazon’s ACX program to create an audio book of my first novel with a professional narrator. Two years ago, I didn’t have that option.

  • Stephanie K.
    February 19, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    I would like to see the results, as well.

  • Meagan
    February 19, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    I would LOVE to see the results of the survey! 🙂

  • jenn
    February 19, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Same as many above, I would love to see the survey results!!
    //I have obsession with statistics. -__- I may be an avid reader, but math is where my love lies, and when the two of them combine in statistics about–what else?–reading/ebooks/books, I am in m y absolute element! =D

  • Kerry D.
    February 19, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Like everyone else, I’d like to see the results of the survey too.

  • MarieC
    February 20, 2012 at 6:42 am

    I would love to see the survey results!

  • Jasmine Stairs
    February 20, 2012 at 7:55 am

    I’ll throw my vote in with all those who would like to see the results!

  • Kaethe
    February 20, 2012 at 8:56 am

    I, too, would like to see the results.

  • Mervi
    February 20, 2012 at 11:48 am

    I would also love to see the results of the survey.

  • Serena
    February 20, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    I would love to see the results of the survey. I participated in it, and am really interested where my sentiments fall in relation to the general results.

  • Serena
    February 20, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Also, I too loved the Calvin/Susie/Hobbes pic and am curious where you found it!

  • Gem
    February 20, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    I’m definitely interested in the results. I’m glad you got what you need!

  • Liz
    February 20, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Yes please! Survey results, I mean…

  • heather
    February 21, 2012 at 8:08 am

    I’m definitely interested in the results as well!

  • erin b.
    February 21, 2012 at 10:35 am

    I’m looking forward to your Earthseed review! Pamela Sargent’s YA SF was so meaningful to me as a child of the late 80s/early 90s, and I’m so excited that Earthseed has been reissued and become a series!

  • Lesley
    February 21, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    I’d like to see the survey results too please!

  • Thea
    February 22, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Hi everyone, thanks SO much for your awesome comments and your interest in the survey! I’ll set up a post with the results once I’ve completed my analysis, probably in early March.

    And, as to the question about the Calvin, Susie & Hobbes fanart, it’s from this link on Imgur. :mrgreen:

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