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Old 02-21-2012, 12:38 PM   #1
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Exclamation Updated: Hachette (Kindle) Pre-order/Preview: The 500

Courtesy of the amazon kindle forum discount price thread:

"The 500: A Novel", by Matthew Quirk is available for free pre-order,
delivery June 5, 2012.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...cm_cd_asin_lnk

"Mike Ford is a former con artist who's been plucked from his Harvard Law School classroom to be an associate at The Davies Group, Washington's most high-powered and well-respected strategic consulting firm. Their specialty: pulling strings and peddling influence for the five hundred most powerful people inside the Beltway, the men and women who really run Washington -- and by extension the country, and the world."

The author is a reporter for 'Atlantic Monthly' in Washington, DC.
Apparently a movie is in the works....

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Update:
Guess my naivete is showing - the book link on amazon has been changed to
"The 500 - Free Preview". Still shows it has 336 pages; looks like we'll have to wait til June to find out what we're getting...

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Old 02-21-2012, 12:50 PM   #2
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Looks good, grabbed it! $12.99 at B&N. Probably a pricing mistake.
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Old 02-21-2012, 01:01 PM   #3
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Thanks! It was still good at 12 noon EST.
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Old 02-21-2012, 02:35 PM   #4
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This is the second of these possible pricing error pre-orders I've picked up. Very cool. Thanks for the heads-up mitford13!
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Old 02-21-2012, 03:10 PM   #5
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I actually dont think these pre-orders are mistakes. I've only had the Kindle a couple of months, but I've seen a couple of these as free, or like the recent George Pelecanos release, for .99. Several of the free pre-releases have been with bonus material for next in a series. Don't know for sure what the marketing strategy is, but in this case for a major release for a first-time author, maybe they want the numbers high out of the gate and it's a cheap add-on to sending out lots of reviews copies?

Anyway, it's fun to find one of the "Big 6" books for free...

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UPDATE: See my comment in original post - Hachette has changed this to a "free preview."

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Old 02-21-2012, 10:16 PM   #6
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Hatchette has bait and switched us - it now says "free preview" and they'll probably add a linked full edition later, using the free downloads to boost ratings without giving us anything (didn't expect it with anyone but James Patterson, these days).
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:33 PM   #7
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Sounds like folks on the amazon forums are burning up the wires to cancel their orders, so they won't boost the ratings. I'm going to hold off for a bit to see if any of the complaints bring a change.

OTOH, I did get my free HC pre-order for "Evernight with bonus material" today...
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Old 02-21-2012, 11:38 PM   #8
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As did I (get Evernight). on the other hand, that one always claimed it was the full novel plus bonus (a common giveaway, really). This one did a title switch (with the wrong synopsis intentionally loaded), which is common for James Patterson titles. Over on Sony, they never add the "preview" info and you have no way other than the price to tell that's all you'll get.
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