Get your potatoes while they’re hot – The Martian by Andy Weir goes big time

Won't be around for long... The book that is. Not Mars. That should be around for a while.

Won’t be around for long…
The book that is. Not Mars. That should be around for a while.

Had an email from Andy Weir this morning (not a personal one to me (more’s the pity), I subscribe to his blog) explaining how he’s sold the rights to ‘The Martian’ and a hardback version will be coming out in 2014.

This is great news as I loved the book and will likely buy it when it comes out in tree-form, but a key part of the deal appears to be the removal of the kindle version of the story on April 30th 2013.

In Andy’s own words:

The publication agreement grants them all worldwide rights, including eBook rights. Because of this, the Kindle version of The Martian will be coming down on April 30th, 2013 at the end of the day.

So if any of you or your friends wanted to grab a copy of The Martian, you’ll have to do it before then. Between April 31, 2013 and the release of the hardcover edition, The Martian will not be available in any format at all. Crown may or may not decide to post an ebook edition. If they do it will almost certainly be after the hardcover comes out.

Just letting you know. This is your last chance for a while to get a copy. 

So, if you want to read it electronically (at least for a while), go grab it now. I can heartily recommend it. If you’re not sure go read my review here. It’s ace (the book, not my review).

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6 thoughts on “Get your potatoes while they’re hot – The Martian by Andy Weir goes big time

  1. There is still one format available. The audiobook edition is available via Amazon/Audible. Really well done too! Definitely worth checking out.

    • Great, thanks c_soul. Only listened to a few audio books, but the quality of the narration makes a huge difference. Good to hear this does the book justice.

  2. Had an email from Andy Weir last night confirming the audio version will stay around for a while –

    Hello, all. In my previous email, I had said that the Martian won’t be available in any form until February 2014. What I *meant* to say was that it won’t be available in print form.

    The Audiobook is still available and will continue to be indefinitely. It can be found here:

    Many of you asked about it, so I thought a clarification email was in order.

    As for other writings, I’m currently waist deep in edits to The Martian in preparation for it’s print copy. But I’m in the home stretch on that, so I should have more new material for you soon.

  3. Dammit! Just finished the kindle sample and wanted to buy, got confused and ended up here – thanks for the clarification!

    • I’m surprised that they’ve left the sample up. That’s just teasing!!

      Try Andy Weirs blog if you likes his writing style. Couple of short stories to tide you over until the Martian is rereleased.

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