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Adventures in e-reading: Worth the download

Swapna Krishna is a freelance writer, editor, and book reviewer. She has been blogging about books at S. Krishna's Books since 2008. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband. Find her on Twitter at @skrishna and on her blog at www.s...

Adventures in e-reading

Each month, Swapna Krishna brings us the hottest titles to download to our e-readers -- from the enhanced e-books everyone is buzzing about, to the books you didn't even know you wanted.

A Wrinkle in Time: 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition A Wrinkle in Time

Madeleine L'Engle

Device: Any

A Wrinkle in Time is a modern classic that still appeals to children and adults of all ages. The 50th anniversary edition comes with the original text, plus all-new content that is sure to thrill any fan of this beloved series. This e-book is packed full of extras: a new introduction, an afterword by L'Engle's granddaughter, family trees, photographs, the text of L'Engle's Newbery award speech... Of course, you could buy the print version, but since most of us already have a copy of this novel on our shelves, why not relive the story of Meg, Charles Wallace and Calvin O'Keefe in e-book form?

Falling UnderFalling Under

Danielle Younge-Ullman

Device: Amazon Kindle

Danielle Younge-Ullman's debut novel about an artist struggling with the ghosts of her past is beautiful and emotional. The dark novel follows the story of Mara, whose self-involved parents were too busy looking after themselves to care for their daughter. This has left Mara alone and afraid to let anyone through her walls as an adult. Though Falling Under was originally released in 2008, the publisher has issued a new e-book version for the Kindle, and it is not to be missed.

Pages of Sin: A Bibliophile MysteryPages of Sin: A Bibliophile Mystery

Kate Carlisle

Device: Any

Any fan of books will adore Kate Carlisle's Bibliophile Mystery series. Brooklyn Wainwright, a rare book expert, is a lover of all things literary, and also happens to constantly find herself in the middle of murder investigations. This cozy mystery series is a real delight, and if you haven't had the chance to read these books, this is the perfect opportunity. Pages of Sin is a novella from the Bibliophile Mystery series written exclusively for your electronic reading device. For just under $3, it's a steal and is available from your favorite e-book outlet.

AnnexedAnnexed (Enhanced)

Sharon Dogar

Device: Barnes & Noble Nook

We all know the classic story of Anne Frank, the girl who we all fell in love with through her diary. Anne hid from the Nazis with her family, but it's easy to forget there was someone else there with her. Peter van Pels, forced into hiding as well, tells his story in Annexed. This fictional account discusses Peter's experiences with Anne, his hatred for her morphing into love, and continues after Anne's diary falls silent. This powerful novel is an enhanced Nook book, containing: a Q&A, a reader's guide and audio of a few of Winston Churchill's speeches made during the novel's time frame.

Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy (Enhanced) Jacqueline Kennedy

Jacqueline Kennedy, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

Device: Select devices and e-bookstores

America is still taken by the image of Camelot in the White House, the perfect Kennedys: handsome Jack, beautiful Jackie, and their two lovely children. Of course, we all know that there are darker secrets lurking under the bright, shiny surface, but that only makes their story more compelling. In this enhanced e-book edition of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.'s interviews with Jackie Kennedy, the reader gets to see a whole different side of this fascinating woman. The e-book includes video clips to set the scene at the beginning of each chapter, audio to accompany the text, and more. If you're a fan of the Kennedys, then this enhanced e-book is an absolute must-buy.

In the Bleak MidwinterIn the Bleak Midwinter

Julia Spencer-Fleming

Device: Any

Though In the Bleak Midwinter was released years ago, it's found a whole new life as an e-book. The first novel in the Rev. Clare Fergusson series is addictive and completely gripping. It's a smart murder mystery with amazing characters and a unique premise. Clare isn't exactly your typical church leader, and she isn't afraid to speak her mind. In the Bleak Midwinter is just under $3 at your favorite e-book outlet, which is an amazing price for such a wonderful read. Just one warning — if you read this book, you can bet you'll be running to pick up the rest of the series. Luckily, they are all available for your e-reader.

Bossypants (Enhanced Edition) Bossypants

Tina Fey

Device: Select devices and e-bookstores

Yes, you've probably already read (or at least heard about) Tina Fey's hit memoir. You have to wonder, is there anything this woman can do wrong? Gorgeous, smart, funny, and now a bestselling author — it would be easy to hate Tina Fey, yet her book is so well-written, honest, and engaging that readers will adore her even more. The enhanced edition of Bossypants is worth a look, even if you have read this book before. It includes audio clips, new photos, drawings, an entire chapter read by the author (a must if you haven't heard the audiobook version of the book), and more. Whether you loved this book or haven't had the chance to pick it up yet, this enhanced version has it all.

MicroMicro: A Novel

Michael Crichton and Richard Preston

Device: Any

When he passed away in 2008, Michael Crichton left behind two unpublished manuscripts. The first, Pirate Latitudes, was a bit of a disappointment for fans of the late author's work. But this latest novel, Micro, completed by Richard Preston, has the potential to be a book that hearkens back to Crichton's most beloved works. Because it was completed by a different author, this isn't a novel you would necessarily want on your shelf, in case it doesn't live up to expectations. An e-book is the perfect way to consume this last work.

Stephanie Plum One, Two, Three
Stephanie Plum One, Two, Three
Janet Evanovich

Device: Any

Now that the movie One for the Money starring Katherine Heigl is out in theaters, why not go back and read the books that this hit is based on? Stephanie Plum One, Two, Three is an e-book bundle which puts three great books — One for the Money, Two for the Dough, and Three to Get Deadly — into your hands for one low price. There's a reason these books are beloved by fans around the world. If you haven't read them yet, find out what the big deal is. If you have, then immerse yourself once again in the hilarious world of bounty hunter Stephanie Plum as she tries to catch her latest bail jumper.

Blue NightsBlue Nights (Enhanced Edition)

Joan Didion

Device: Select devices and e-bookstores

Joan Didion captured the heart of women everywhere in her memoir A Year of Magical Thinking. Recounting the days after the sudden death of her husband, John, and the hospitalization of her daughter, Quintana, Didion captured the essence of grief in her clear, stark prose. Now, she's back with another equally tragic memoir, Blue Nights, in which she discusses the death of her daughter, Quintana. Didion discusses her fears, her failures as a mother, and her thoughts on growing old and being alone. It's an incredibly poignant and heart-wrenching memoir and Didion's honesty is very appealing. The enhanced e-book version comes complete with three short films dedicated to Quintana's life.

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