In case you didn’t realize from the flood of emails and tweets, today is Valentine’s Day. And how better to celebrate love than by giving that special someone the gift of print (or e-book, it is 2013, after all)? To judge from marketing departments best efforts, that is the great hope. And if your Valentine is disappointed by, say, a paperback edition of The Marriage Plot instead of flowers or chocolates or jewelery, maybe it’s time to rethink things.
Or maybe not everything should be billed as Valentine’s Day gift.
Tricks of The Trade by Ashley Dupre
America's most famous escort, as Harper Collins calls the Spitzer scandal star has an e-book brimming with advice on love, sex and lust--which the publisher is marketing for Valentine's Day. We don't know if it is better for the wife, mistress or paid mistress in your life, but we would love to see somebody's face when they get this e-book wirelessly delivered to their tablet.
Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy by E.L. James
“As interest in the Fifty Shades trilogy has grown, readers have been asking for hardcover editions of the books,” said Vintage/Anchor publisher Anne Messitte, who acquired the series. “These new hardcovers include unique production elements, making them the ultimate collector’s editions for readers of the trilogy and the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day.” “As interest in the Fifty Shades trilogy has grown, readers have been asking for hardcover editions of the books,” said Vintage/Anchor publisher Anne Messitte, who acquired the series.” . Yup, just perfect. Did we mention that the end pages are rough?
How To Think More About Sex, by Alain De Botton
Why not over-intellectualize your sex life? And the cover is pink, too.
"Everything you want in a tablet for Valentine's Day," reads Barnes and Nobel's website. Everything? Sounds hot. Even a Woody Allen movie with the word "love" in the title.
Data, A Love Story by Amy Webb
"A lively, thought-provoking memoir about how one woman "gamed" online dating sites like JDate, OKCupid and eHarmony – and met her eventual husband," explains Penguin. And it's pink. Love is in the air.
Bad Romance by N+1
"Bad Romance, a new ebook by n+1, exclusively for Valentine's Day" collects the "best and most devastating writing about love, sex, and dating" from the N+1 archives, memorir writing and essays by Wesley Yang, Katherine Sharpe, Kristin Dombek, Eli S. Evans, and Emily Gould, an introduction by Elizabeth Gumport, and selected n+personals by Kaitlin Phillips, all in a handy e-book. A great present for the tote-bag wielding gal or guy you met at an N+1 party.