I’m not shy about doing my reading for this space in public: that is what a commute is for. And so far, nobody has ever questioned me about why a grown woman is so intensely absorbed in, and furiously scribbling notes in the margin, of what is clearly a 30 year old paperback with a patently ridiculous cover. Maybe my fellow commuters are really good at minding their own business and not noticing (I know I’m not: two years later I am still intrigued by the burly, construction worker-looking guy I spotted reading The Baby Sitter’s Club #8: Boy-Crazy Stacey during rush hour on the M train).
But! For those who might hesitate to look ridiculous in public, this modern age offers the equivalent of plain brown wrappers in the form of e-books. (Or maybe you just don’t want to cram your house full of moldering paperbacks. I will not judge!)
Digital formats can be a boon for vintage titles, including those which have been long out-of-print.
In 2012, Open Road Integrated Media began offering a number of Lois Duncan’s older titles as e-books, including this week’s selection, The Twisted Window, complete with updated (and much less literal) cover-art…
Remember how I promised that you would be hooked from the first pages? Well, here is your opportunity to peruse before buying:
Other Lois Duncan titles, including Ransom (1966), They Never Came Home (1969) and the true crime memoir Who Killed My Daughter? (1991), about Duncan’s investigation into the still unsolved murder of her daughter, are available through a number of online retailers, including Barnes & Noble and Amazon.
Other E-Book Resources:
- The two major online booksellers, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com, have a number of classics by Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary (including Cleary’s quartet of YA novels from the 1950s: The Luckiest Girl, Fifteen, Jean and Johnny and Sister of the Bride), as well as older volumes that have fallen into the public domain, such as the Marjorie Dean High School series, first published in 1917.
- Sweet Valley High fans lucked out this past year, starting in July with the publication of The Sweet Life, the series that serves as the sequel-to-the-sequel Sweet Valley Confidential, (initially an e-book exclusive, it is now also available in hardcover!), followed in November by the first 12 volumes of the original Sweet Valley High series. And finally, this past February also saw the long-awaited publication of Robin Hardwick’s If You Lived Here, You’d Be Perfect By Now: The Unofficial Guide to Sweet Valley High as an exclusive for the Amazon Kindle.
- Also exclusively for the Kindle: volumes 1 -38 of the wildly popular Baby Sitters Club series.
- Archive.org is also a treasure trove of rare and forgotten YA books to download (and for free!), including classic Whitman’s girls series and Whitman Authorized Editions. Help Gene Tierney solve the mystery of The Invisible Wedding Gift!
- And finally, coming this September, we can look forward to the launch of Lizzie Skurnick Books, headed by the ex-Fine Lines columnist and author of Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading. The imprint will reissue out-of-print YA Classics in both paperback and digital formats, beginning with Lois Duncan’s 1958 title Debutante Hill.