September 24, 2014

Witness Impulse Turns One!

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A year ago HarperCollins launched the suspense and thriller imprint Witness Impulse to keep readers on the edge of their seats. To celebrate the imprint’s first anniversary, nine Witness authors are coming together in a live video stream to answer questions directly from their fans. Mark your calendars and please join us to chat with Kristi Belcamino, Leigh Russell, Tonya Kappes, Nancy Allen, Amy Korman, James Hayman, Carey Baldwin, Jack Soren, Eric Rickstad, and Brian McGilloway. Submit your questions here, and check back on October 1st at 12:00pm EST for the live stream.

The Code of the Hills Confession Blessed
Nancy Allen Carey Baldwin Kristi Belcamino
Cutting Ghostly Undertaking Cut Short
James Hayman Tonya Kappes Leigh Russell
Killer WASPS Eric Rickstad Monarch
Amy Korman Eric Rickstad Jack Soren


September 16, 2014

Big things are happening at Zola Books

Big things are happening at Zola Books.

Next month, Zola will be coming out of beta with the launch of a completely new site – one that is focused almost entirely on mobile-friendly retailing. At the same time, our reading apps for iPad/iPhone and Android will also be coming out of beta. And Zola will be offering books from Penguin Random House, the biggest publisher in the world – meaning that for the first time, our catalog of available titles will be largely complete.

In order to finish work on the new version of Zola Books, we are turning off the ability to buy books on the site for the next few weeks. You can see books on the site, search for books, and browse books, but they will be unavailable for purchase. This enables us to transfer all of the data from the Zola beta site so that nothing is lost and at no time is any customer or publisher information vulnerable.

During this transition, everyone who purchased books from us will still have access to them in their apps. It is possible that right before the full launch of the new site, we will need to take down the Zola beta site for a brief period (which could affect the availability of your ebooks), but we do not believe that will be necessary. Either way, we will be in touch with our customers every step along the path.

We are happy to hear from anyone who would like to be in touch at info[at] We thank you for being on the journey with all of us at Zola Books, and we look forward to serving you in the future.

August 2, 2014

Zola Weekend Newsletter – August 2, 2014

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Death Will Have Your Eyes by James Sallis—$5.99

Death Will Have Your Eyes

James Sallis (Drive) spins a contemporary tale of espionage unlike any you’ve ever read. Jonathan Lethem says it’s “vivid and strange, with prose like blown glass…. somehow equal parts Borges and Trevanian’s Shibumi. I was enthralled.” Treat yourself to this gem of a literary thriller for 40% off the list price. Read More Here.

Zola Deals

After The Baroque Cycle, and before Reamde, Neal Stephenson tucked away another 1000 page opus that’s not to be missed: Anathem. We’ve got it for you for just $1.99—an amazing deal on an incredible work by an irrepressible master of the imagination. If you prefer your sci-fi a little lighter—and filled with cute, fuzzy, intelligent aliens—we’ve got Fuzzy Nation by the always crowd-pleasing John Scalzi for just $2.99. Find those, some great suspense, and Sarah Silverman thrown in for laughs in our deals this week. See them all here.

ThrillerFest IX

For five days in July, ThrillerFest IX—“The Premiere Conference for Thriller Enthusiasts”—took over the Grand Hyatt Hotel in NYC, and Zola’s own Bob Wietrak was in attendance. Bob came back excited about a number of books. See the highlights here.

Folio Books Recommends:
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

This Is How You Die

“Broadly based on actual events of the 1996 hostage crisis in Peru, Patchett gives us a vivid and lyrical story about what happens when a group of strangers (in this case an opera star and an assortment of foreign dignitaries) are forced together. As she winds her way toward the devastating ending, the reader experiences the intricacies of the relationships of people we definitely care about.” — Beatrice, Folio Books

Folio Books Tangible books in Noe Valley. Specializing in new books, remainders, fine book related goods. Read more here.
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July 5, 2014

Zola Weekend Newsletter – July 5, 2014

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Born of Fury by Sherrilyn Kenyon—$9.99

Born of Fury

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon is one of the most popular storytellers of our time—Publishers Weekly calls her the “reigning queen of the wildly successful paranormal scene.” If you’re not already an acolyte, treat yourself to an entrancing escape with Born of Fury and see what’s got everybody so hot and bothered. Plus, we’ve got it for just $9.99—the lowest price anywhere! Read More Here.

Zola Deals

Mira Grant (aka Seanan McGuire) breathed new life into the zombie trope with her highly original FEED in 2010. We’ve got the first in her newest series—Parasite—for just $1.99. Also, some of the finest space opera available—and winner of this year’s Nebula Award for best novel—Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice for the same low price! Audrey Niffenegger’s ghost story Her Fearful Symmetry and the modern kids’ classic Ella Enchanted are only $1.99 as well. See all our great deals here.

Thriller, Mystery, and Suspense for 99¢

Witness Impulse consistently presents many of the best mystery, suspense, and thrillers authors around, and this week they’re offering a selection of their best for a mere 99 cents each! Stephen BoothFrances FyfieldAline TempletonLeigh Russell, and more. See them all here.

Fountain Bookstore Recommends:
This Is How You Die edited by Ryan North, Matthew Bennardo, and David Malki—$6.99

This Is How You Die

“What would happen if a machine could predict—with 100% accuracy (and no small amount of irony)—your manner of death? From small-time tragedies to intergalactic war, a talented group of authors run us through some of life’s—and death’s—possibilities.” — Steve, Fountain Bookstore

Politics and Prose The Fountain Bookstore is a locally-owned independent bookstore in Richmond, VA. Read more here.
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June 21, 2014

Zola Weekend Newsletter – June 21, 2014

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The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (aka J. K. Rowling)—$8.99

The Silkworm

J. K. Rowling is back—writing as Robert Galbraith—with the follow-up to last summer’s The Cuckoo’s Calling. If you’ve met Rowling’s endearing detective, you already know you want to read The Silkworm. And if you haven’t met him yet, then now’s the perfect time. Get it from Zola for just $8.99—40% off the list price. Read more here.

Zola Deals

The Bees may be unlike any book you’ve ever read—Emma Donoghue calls it “a sensual, visceral mini-epic,” and it’s all set in a beehive! This week we’ve also got Tiger Lily ($1.99), Jodi Lynn Anderson’s beloved reimagining of Peter PanThe Song of Achilles ($1.99), Madeline Miller’s highly regarded reimagining of The Iliad; and more. See all our Zola Deals here.

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo—$7.99

Ruin and Rising

Leigh Bardugo’s highly original Grisha trilogy comes to its thrilling conclusion inRuin and Rising. If you haven’t had the pleasure of immersing yourself in Bardugo’s tsarpunk world, you can start with Shadow and Bone while it’s just $2.99, then gobble up Siege and Storm, the second in the trilogy. We’ve got a great interview with the author on Bookish, and you can see all three books here.

My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgaard—$7.99 Each

Caught Knausgaard fever? The Norwegian writer’s multivolume autobiographical opus is drawing comparisons to Proust and stirring exaltation from novelists like Zadie Smith (“I need the next volume like crack”) and Jonathan Lethem (the work of a “living hero who landed on greatness”). Pick up volumes 1-3 for just $7.99 each—the best ebook price available! See all three books here.

Politics and Prose Recommends:
The Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland

The Transcriptionist

“Amy Rowland’s prose resembles a cat creeping around a door frame, staring at you for just one beat longer than you feel you can bear before it breaks its gaze.”
—Hannah, Politics and Prose

Politics and Prose Politics and Prose Bookstore is Washington, D.C.’s premier independent bookstore and cultural hub, a gathering place for people interested in reading and discussing books. Read more here.
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June 14, 2014

Zola Weekend Newsletter – June 14, 2014

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Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta—$7.99

Memory of Water

Drawing comparisons to the work of Ursula K. Le Guin and Margaret Atwood, Memory of Water created a sensation when published in Finland in 2012. This dystopian debut about a dry and dusty far-northern land, which Kirkus calls “lyrically rendered, vivid and engaging,” is now poised to win over U.S. readers. Get it from Zola for only $7.99—the lowest price you’ll find. Read more here.

Zola Deals

This week we’ve got a batch of breezy blockbusters from some of today’s biggest names, each for just $1.99: Dick Wolf (The Intercept), Ted Bell (Hawke), James Rollins (The Eye of God), James Grippando (Blood Money) and Jefferson Bell (Flesh and Bone). Those and more in our Zola Deals this week—see them all here.

The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey—$8.99

The Girl With All the Gifts

The Girl With All the Gifts has been out in the U.K. for six months, where it was called “original, thrilling and powerful” (The Guardian), “haunting, heartbreaking” (Vogue), and “vividly memorable and unexpectedly poignant” (Metro). Just out in the U.S. this week, it’s a post-apocalyptic, quasi-zombie story unlike any you’ve ever read—and we’ve got it for $8.99, the best deal on it anywhere. Read more here.

Village Books Recommends:
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie—$6.99

Ancillary Justice

“I picked this book up because the main character is an A.I. and the narrative does some fun things with gender, but I never expected to get so attached to the characters…. I haven’t been this excited about a new sci-fi book in ages! Not only intellectually interesting, the plot is a beautifully emotional story of loss, revenge, confused motivations, a falling empire, and where to find the line between one identity and the next.”
— Rachel, Village Books

Village Books Village Books is a community-based, independent bookstore located in the Historic Fairhaven district of Bellingham, Washington. Read more here.
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June 7, 2014

Zola Weekend Newsletter – June 7, 2014

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Zola Deals

Young Lemony Snicket goes Encyclopedia Brown in File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents—a collection of short mysteries left to you, the reader, to solve (with solutions provided if you can’t). Put the first volume into your iPad or iPhone today for just $2.79. And if you need even shorter reading, how about Steve Martin’s best tweets for only $1.39? Those and many more in our Zola Deals this week. See them all here.


If you’re not already initiated, cozy mysteries harken back to a golden age of mystery writing: none of the modern gore and shock, but chock full of entertainment! We’ve got 10 excellent examples of the genre, from authors like Nancy J. CohenDorothy Salisbury DavisDorothy L. Sayers, and more, all at old-fashioned affordable prices. See them all here.

The Country Bookshop Recommends:
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project

“I loved this delightful book about a genetics researcher (he doesn’t realize he has Asperger’s syndrome) who decides to find himself the perfect wife. From the candidates that fill out the detailed applications to his best friend who is trying to map the world with his bedroom conquests… this is a wonderful story full of characters that you will adore.”
— Beth, The Country Bookshop

The Country Bookshop The Country Bookshop is located in historic downtown Southern Pines, North Carolina, and is known for its small-town atmosphere and friendly, knowledgeable staff. Read more here.
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Teacher, abolitionist, Civil War nurse, suffragist—Louisa May Alcott blazed a path of independence through the 19th century, and along the way wrote one of the most enduring and modern novels of the era. Always worth a reread, our beautiful Open Classics rendition of Little Women contains more than 200 Frank T. Merrill illustrations from one of the classic 19th-century editions. Put it on your iPhone or iPad today for free. See all our our Zola Open Classics here.
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May 31, 2014

Zola Weekend Newsletter – May 31, 2014

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Have a summer reading list yet? On Bookish, we’ve put together the hottest releases to enjoy in the sun or shade, from beach reads of the fiction and nonfiction variety, to the latest in romance, YA, and sci-fi & fantasy. Plus we’ve got a giveaway where you can enter for a chance to win the books from our list! Read more here. Read more here.

Zola Deals

Janet Maslin of the New York Times says that the brand new globe-trotting spy thriller I Am Pilgrim “has more kicks, twists and winks than anything of its dusty genre has provided in a long time,” and we’ve got it for just $9.99 — the best price you’ll find anywhere. We also have a great price on Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone, the first book in her sparkling original Grisha Trilogy (only $2.99), award winning horror novel Last Days ($2.99 as well), and lots more. See all our Zola Deals here.

Downtown Books & Coffee Recommends:
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Out of My Mind

“Imagine…that you have a photographic memory. Everything that you’ve ever seen or heard is filed away in your brain. Unfortunately, you also have cerebral palsy, which is severe enough that you cannot speak, feed yourself, or communicate with anyone. Luckily a method of communicating does arise. The story is far from over.”
— Christopher, Downtown Books & Coffee

Downtown Books Downtown Books & Coffee is an independently owned bookstore in downtown Auburn, NY, offering a selection of new and used titles, fresh coffee roasted in Victor, NY, and a friendly and knowledgeable staff. Read more here.
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Famously conceived of in a friendly competition while traveling with Percy Shelley and Lord Byron in Switzerland, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was a breakthrough novel on many fronts at once. Not only is it possibly the first fully-realized science fiction novel (and the origin of a franchise that lives to this day), but it also remains ripe for feminist and psychoanalytic critique. Download it today! See all of our beautiful Open Classics here.

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May 29, 2014

by  // News
Zola Books and Autography Partner to Give Authors New Way to Sign Electronic Books (via PRWeb)

Zola Books has closed an exclusive deal with Autography to fulfill electronic books signed using Autography’s patent-pending method for personalizing ebooks. Bestselling romance author Eloisa James autographs an electronic book for a fan. I truly believe that signed…


May 24, 2014

Zola Weekend Newsletter – May 24, 2014

Zola Books

Zola Deals

This week we’ve got a monster line-up of amazing reading for incredibly low prices. David Foster Wallace and David Sedaris for just $6.99 each, Michael ChabonSherman Alexie, and Stephen King for $2.99 a piece, and a whole lot more. See all our Zola Deals here.

Witness Impulse

Take a look at the newest titles from Witness Impulse. Not only do we have Brian McGilloway’s Someone You Know, but also newly released titles from Stephen Booth, Leigh Russell, Nancy Allen, Frances Fyfield, and more. And they’re all very comfortably priced at $2.99 or less. See them all here.

Gallery Bookshop Recommends:
The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham

The Snow Queen

“Magnificently written! A deep brotherly bond is the foundation of this story. One of the best opening lines I’ve read in a long time. And the entire rest of the novel delivers just as powerfully. Read It!”
— Alena, Gallery Bookshop

Gallery Bookshop Founded in 1962, Gallery Bookshop is one of the best and oldest independent bookstores in the nation, providing extraordinary customer service with our dedicated, book-loving staff of twelve, all with a great passion for books and the people who read them. Read more here.
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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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