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Which Shakespeare character are you?

This week, we celebrate the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare! For this occasion, we offer you this quiz: find out which character’s personality is closer to yours! The answer may surprise you…

Our selection of ebook releases

Division StreetMean TimeAll One Breath

We have built a selection of the best poetry collections we recommend, but if this is not enough (the list is far from complete!), you can browse the full dedicated category.

The Goldfinch: A NovelThe SonThe Woman Who Lost Her Soul

We’re beyond delighted for Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer win: The Goldfinch is a beautifully written and enthralling coming of age novel. If you have already read the winner, do not miss the two other finalists chosen by the Pulitzer board: The Son by Philipp Meyer and The Woman Who Lost Her Soul by Bob Shacochis. And, of course, you can discover all the Pulitzer winners available in ebook on our dedicated Awards page.

Daughter of Smoke and BoneDays of Blood and StarlightDreams of Gods and Monsters

Young Adult Fantasy is a rich and diverse genre with a lot of new titles and series released every week. To keep up with the frenzy, check our dedicated category listing all the latest releases!

Look Who's Back

Does it look familiar? That’s the point! If you think this title looks interesting, do not hesitate to check out the rest of the catalog published by MacLehose Press: if you have a soft spot for foreign fiction, you should definitely feel at home!

One Hundred Years of SolitudeCollected StoriesOf Love and Other DemonsLove in the Time of Cholera

We are very sad to hear that Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez has died. Penguin had recently released all of his major works in ebook with brand new beautiful covers which you can discover here.

Our selection of ebook releases

Interviews

Julia AngwinDragnet Nation

If you’re interested in this topic and also generally in what awaits us in terms of technology and its impact on our daily life, make sure to browse our category Future Studies.

Recommended new releases

Can't and Won'tThe Collected Stories of Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis may be one of our favorite short story writers, but what to read once you’ve plunged into her Collected Stories and her latest collection? Answer: you can discover what Feedbooks selected in the Short Story category, with great collections by Molly Antopol, Bruce Wagner, Rebecca Lee and many others.

Love and Treasure
Kirkus Reviews said that the novel displayed “strong storytelling combined with thoughtful exploration of difficult issues.” If you want to know what newspapers and blogs said about the latest releases, discover our section Editorial reviews.
Selections

Pride and PrejudiceSense and SensibilityEmmaPersuasion

Did you miss April Fools’ Day? For this occasion, Feedbooks interviewed no other than Jane Austen… That’s right! But you can also read our latest interviews with authors who have not been dead for almost 200 years!

The Night GuestMoonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering EverythingA Tale for the Time BeingAncient Light

Proust may be too obvious on this topic, so we gathered a short list of titles dealing with memory and memories under all their forms. Discover more reading lists in our dedicated section.

Exclusive interview of Jane Austen

We’ve been trying to get a hold of her publicist for quite some time now–but it’s official: Jane Austen said yes to an exclusive interview for Feedbooks! We’re very excited and very pleased to offer you this one-of-a-kind interview, and we hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we did!

Jane Austen

Jane Austen, thank you for doing this interview for Feedbooks. We are an online digital book retailer, which means that the books we sell are not made of paper. Actually, they’re weightless.

Thanks for inviting me. You sell weightless books? I must admit this is wholly beyond my grasp. How does this work?

It’s a tiny file you put on a dedicated device. It’s actually more convenient since the device weighs less than the actual book, and you can still read the text as you would on a hardcover copy, see? [handing on e-reader]

Oh! [swiping the pages] Well, this surely is fascinating. Modern world seems to be such a thrill.

I imagine it’s quite different from your time. But your legacy lives on, and you are a reference in English-speaking literature.

So you’re saying women did actually make it in the literary canon? This is interesting. I guess I would not have to use an alias now?

Well, we’re unfortunately far from an equal treatment in arts, but I guess you can say “it gets better”.

It gets better if you wait two centuries? Now this is why I knew I should have kept on sleeping this morning.

What did you think of the various adaptations of your novels? Do you know there’s now a giant statue of Darcy appearing in every lake across England?

Is it true? This is peculiar to think that one of my purely fictional inventions could materialize in such a way, let alone in this kind of rock-solid clothing. I did not see any adaptations, although I do recall being told that Darcy was somehow… In a lake? Is this correct?

Yes. Hence the statue.

Well, he seems to have made quite an impression.

There is an ongoing literary project within which several authors re-imagine your novels in a modern, 21th-century setting. For example, on the cover of the re-imagined Sense & Sensibility by Joanna Trollope, the main characters are wearing earphones.

Earphones? What are those?

They’re tiny devices you put in your ears and it allows you to listen to music or any kind of spoken recording without bothering anyone around you.

It does sound promising. I wish it existed in my time, instead of having to bear the dullness of many a conversation with my peers.

You died almost 200 years ago, but your novels are still widely read. Is there any material we wouldn’t know about, a journal, an unfinished novel?

There most certainly is. I wish all these dedicated scholars would have found it by now, I am quite astounded. It is not hidden, it is very well out there, but you shall not find it under the letter “A” at the library.

So you used another alias? Wow, that’s quite a revelation!

Good luck…

Thank you Jane, and thank you for taking the time to do this interview with us.


In the meantime, you can download all of Jane Austen’s works for free in our public domain section.

Pride and PrejudiceSense and SensibilityEmmaPersuasion

From noir fiction to film noir: a timeline

Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain: these authors were some of the most well-known in noir fiction. Some of their novels were adapted to the screen, featuring iconic Hollywood actors such as Humphrey Bogart or Kim Novak. Decades later, the legacy lives on with what we call the neo-noir, with films adapted from novels by James Ellroy or Dennis Lehane.

We have gathered a list of noir novels which are available in ebook. From this list, we have built a timeline of their corresponding adaptations to the screen. Quite a few of the most emblematic films in the genre are present: The Maltese Falcon, This Gun For Hire, Double Indemnity

However, some authors are for the moment not available in ebook. This is the case for W. H. Burnett, whose novel The Asphalt Jungle was adapted to the screen in 1952 and is considered an example of the noir genre.

Most titles have restricted territorial rights. When there is more than one version available for one title (usually one for the US and one for Europe), both versions are listed.

Click on the following image to access the timeline.

Film noir and neo-noir: a timeline