I just asked Toni Weiskopf if there was going to be an Early Advanced Reader Copy available from Baen for Monster Hunter Vendetta, and if so, when.
Her anwer was Yes and Soon.
For those of you who don’t know, the sequel to Monster Hunter International will be hitting bookstores in September (October release, but they always turn up a week or two early). The Baen E-Arcs are reserved for books that are in high demand by eager fans. How it works is that you can purchase an early version E-Book online at the Baen store, and you can get the book months and months in advance of the actual release.
They do cost a little more. Off the top of my head I believe a regular Baen e-book is like $6, and E-Arcs are like $12, but hey, you can be the first person on your block to read MHV, months before the luddites get their grubby caveman hands on a paper copy. (which you should still purchase as well, just to round out the collection… the collection of my royalties that is, Bwa HA HA HA!)
For those of you who haven’t used Baen’s e-books yet, not only are they cheaper than other publishing houses, they will work on your Kindle or your Nook, they are DRM free. Which means that they don’t have a bunch of stupid copy protection nonsense on them. Because as Jim Baen said, people don’t share books they don’t like. Jim thought people were fundamentally honest and shouldn’t be preemptively treated like criminals. http://www.baen.com/ Check out their free library too. Hundreds of e-books, mostly sci-fi classics, all sitting there completely free.