Thursday, March 20, 2014

TODAY ONLY: Italian Folktales by Italo Calvino is $1.99

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.

Book description:

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


  1. Thanks for sharing this! I just purchased my copy - I've had my eye on this collection for a long time.

  2. Thank you so much for the heads up on this. I loaned my print copy to someone--now I don't have to worry about getting it back--I bought the Kindle version!