Folks, this is a run, don't walk, to get this deal before it disappears tonight. Today only on Amazon, but hopefully price matched elsewhere, Italian Folktales by Italo Calvino is $1.99 in ebook format. This book is usually in the $10 range so it is a big bargain. More importantly, it's a great collection of fairy tales and folklore. Calvino retells Italian tales, obviously, and you'll find iterations of many of the best known tales. The book is on a lot of recommended folklore reading lists, too.
I own this one in hardcover--I have for years--but I dashed to purchase an ebook copy since it is thick and heavy in paper and doesn't travel well. Now I will always have it available in my pocket. Yay! (Have you read A Library In Your Pocket: How Having an E-reader Has Changed My Reading Habits by Jo Walton yet? That's the reason to own an ereader although I adopted much earlier, also thanks to a trip to Europe. I thought I would probably return the one I bought on trial after my trip. Didn't happen!)
Four other Calvino titles are also discounted today--go to Italo Calvino Bargain Ebooks for 3/20/14--but this is the most important to readers here. I bought them all for these great prices, but if you are on a budget, Italian Folktales is worth every cent and is worth giving up another small luxury this week.
Chosen as one of the New York Times’s ten best books in the year of its original publication, this collection immediately won a cherished place among lovers of the tale and vaulted Calvino into the ranks of the great folklorists. Introduction by the Author; illustrations. Translated by George Martin. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book