Thursday, December 16, 2010

Celebrate Jane Austen's Birthday Today with Sourcebooks

Today, December 16th is the 235th anniversary of Jane Austen's birth!  It's hard to believe that someone born that long ago wrote books that are so readable today.  She was truly a masterful author.

Sourcebooks is doing something wonderful today and offering free e-books of all of her novels and also some of the modern re-tellings and spin-offs.  This is a one day only deal so go download them from your e-bookstore of choice today!

From Sourcebooks:

Sourcebooks, the world’s leading publisher of Jane Austen fiction, is offering a unique deal to readers who want to celebrate Jane by reading special editions of all six of Austen’s beloved novels in a 21st century format.

Special e-book editions of Pride and PrejudiceEmma, Sense and SensibilityNorthanger AbbeyPersuasion and Mansfield Park will be available for free for one day only. These celebratory editions include the full novels, plus the legendary color illustrations of the Brock brothers, originally created to accompany the books in 1898.

In addition to the Jane Austen classics, readers can also enjoy these bestselling Austen-inspired novels. The following bestselling e-books will be free on December 16th in honor of her birthday:

Eliza’s Daughter by Joan Aiken
The Darcys & the Bingleys by Marsha Altman
Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll
What Would Jane Austen Do? by Laurie Brown
The Pemberley Chronicles by Rebecca Ann Collins
The Other Mr. Darcy by Monica Fairview
Mr. Darcy’s Diary by Amanda Grange
Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One by Sharon Lathan
Lydia Bennet’s Story by Jane Odiwe
Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy by Abigail Reynolds

Available wherever eBooks are sold.

Happy Birthday, Auntie Jane,


  1. Happy Birthday Jane Austen! And it really is incredible to think that her influence is stronger today than it ever was in her lifetime.

  2. FYI - there have been pricing issues in some e-bookstores but Sourcebooks is working hard to resolve it. This is their update: First off let me sincerely apologize for all the confusion regarding the free offer of Jane Austen special edition titles as well as the 10 Austen inspired novels. Please extend this apology to your readers and followers as well.
    We have been trying to fix the problem all morning. It takes a lot of cooperation from different parties to make the offer happen and it unfortunately it took some extra time to iron out the kinks.
    Let me tell you now that iBooks and Google books currently has everything correct.
    Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Sony are currently working to get their prices adjusted. They should be correct shortly. will also have our books and the illustrated versions available for free within the next hour!
    Because of this confusion we want to celebrate Jane Austen’s birthday an extra day! This offer will be good tomorrow as well.
    Again I am sorry for the confusion and thank you for being patient!

  3. Damn, I wish I had known about this yesterday.
    That'll teach me I need to get to your blog everyday rather than the once a week or so that I manage it at the moment.