E-Books: Frank Herbert

There was a time, after I had devoured all the Dune books, that I read as many of Frank Herbert’s other books as I could find. Lately, I’ve been getting a hankering to re-read some of his non-Dune works, and read some for the first time that I never got to (such as the 2nd-4th books in the Pandora series). Now, as I may or may not have mentioned before, I have moved seven times in the past ten years. On the second-to-last move, I couldn’t take it anymore. I decided I had way too many books, and I donated them to the local library (not without a lump in my throat, let me tell you). Point being, this included all of my Frank Herbert novels.

Now that I want to re-read some of them, it’s time to see what Frank Herbert e-books are available in this new digital age. And for a change, the selection is actually very good (although the prices are all over the place). Here is a list of what is available on Amazon, based on this bibliography from Wikipedia. All prices listed are current as of 4/9/12 and are subject to change. (Tip: As always, the quality of e-books varies wildly. If you buy a book from Amazon and you find the formatting or scanning errors are too much for you to want to read it, you have seven days to return it for your money back. I have had to do this.)

Dune Novels:

1. Dune: $15 and rife with scanning errors according to reviews on Amazon.
2. Dune Messiah: $8.
3. Children of Dune: $8.
4. God Emperor of Dune: $8.
5. Heretics of Dune: $8.
6. Chapterhouse: Dune: $8.

WorShip aka Pandora Novels: The first two books in the series have been released as e-books by Kevin Anderson’s WordFire Press. Note: Books 2-4 are co-authored with Bill Ransom.

1. Destination: Void: $5.
2. The Jesus Incident: $5.
3. The Lazarus Effect: not yet available as an e-book, but as of 4/6/12, Kevin Anderson reports that the e-books are in the works and should be available in a few weeks.
4. The Ascension Factor: same as The Lazarus Effect.

ConSentient Novels

1. Whipping Star: $10.
2. The Dosadi Experiment: $8.

Other novels:

The Dragon in the Sea: $10.
The Green Brain: $7.
The Eyes of Heisenberg: $7.
The Heaven Makers: $5.
The Santaroga Barrier: Not available.
Soul Catcher: Not available.
The Godmakers: Not available.
Hellstrom’s Hive: $10.
Direct Descent: $5.
The White Plague: $10.
Man of Two Worlds (with Bill Herbert): $5.

WordFire Press also recently released a previously unpublished Frank Herbert novel called High-Opp which sounds interesting and timely, in that it is about class warfare between the lucky few rich and the majority oppressed. It is $5 at Amazon. (Note: All of the WordFire Press re-releases are $5. Thank you to Kevin J. Anderson and crew for selling these books at a reasonable price.)