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Open Letter's June ebook bargain

June 10, 2011 |  1:39 pm

Translation house Open Letter has launched its first ebook series with nine books from its catalog, pricing them at $4.99 -- just for the month of June.

eBooks available for the bargain price include two from award-winning Polish writer Jerzy Pilch -- "A Thousand Peaceful Cities" and "The Mighty Angel." Also included are the Russian classic "The Golden Calf" by Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov and four books by Catalan writers -- Quim Monzó's "Gasoline" and "Guadalajara" and Mercè Rodoreda's "Death in Spring" and "The Selected Stories of Mercè Rodoreda." The deal applies to two books by the Icelandic author Bragi Ólaffson, who played bass in the Sugarcubes before becoming a novelist -- "The Ambassador" and "The Pets."

Open Letter publishes 12 translated books a year. It also runs the works-in-translation-focused website Three Percent to foster of literature in translation, which have traditionally comprised just three percent of the American book market.

Open Letter's ebooks are available for most readers, including the Kindle, the Nook and the iPad. 

-- Carolyn Kellogg