November 11th, 2008


Mass market headed for the Pyr(e)?

It sounds like bad news, but it's not. Pyr is the science fiction imprint of Prometheus Books and GalleyCat reported that Pyr is having a go with mass market. I find it encouraging that a publisher is expanding its formats in this economy. It goes against the panic that seems to have set in in some areas. And maybe once they get comfy with the whole mass market thing, they'll branch out into e-books. Now that I own a Kindle, I am eager for spec fic publishers to climb on the e-book bandwagon with me. Come on in! The digital water is fine! (I think I just mixed my metaphors. Holy Sarah Palin!)

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Palm reading?

I have seen the future in the palm of my hand. I have had a Kindle for a week now, and I have already read several books on it. The screen is truly wonderful. It doesn't wear my eyes out, and in good light I don't even need the larger font settings. Buying books on this thing is dangerously easy. The "try a sample" feature is wonderful, especially if you read books in a series, like mysteries, and you can't remember if you read that book before! It's also useful if a book sounds good but it's by an author you've never read before and you want to see if you like their writing. My only complaint is that some books aren't available in Kindle format yet, but I expect that will be less of a problem over time. And the Kindle is so portable that I can carry it in my purse and have it handy for when I have to wait at the bank, the doctor's office, the dentist's, or when my husband runs into the store to get his dry cleaning.

One Kindle, with $50 discount (thank you Oprah Winfrey!). . . . . $309.00
11 Amazon books, some out of copyright . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57.12
23 PDF/Word conversions (I am too lazy to copy them myself) . . . 2.30
Always having something good to read . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Priceless!

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