May 13, 2016

The revolution isn't quite here yet

As nice as my Kindle is, and it's very nice (8.9" Kindle Fire) the big problem is that a lot of the books I want to read are not yet available for it.

Like The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress. A lot of the classic Heinlein books are available for the Kindle but not that one.

And A Night in the Lonesome October.

And just now I had a really strong urge to reread Jack of Eagles. It's one of the lesser known novels by James Blish, but it's really good.

On the other hand, I just discovered that The Demolished Man is available for the Kindle. So maybe I'll read that tonight.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in General Entertainment at 08:15 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 Try living in Australia.  Looking for a book, Amazon shows that it's available and only costs $2.49.  Click on the link and it either shows up at $17.99 or doesn't show up at all.

It's high time we dragged the publishing companies kicking and screaming into the 19th century.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at May 13, 2016 08:26 PM (PiXy!)

2 Heck, most of my favorite juvenile SF novels basically aren't available in ANY  form anymore. They were published in paperback on cheap, high acid paper, and have fallen into dust unless somebody somewhere carried out a very expensive archival preservation technique on a copy. Not everybody was a Heinlein, famous enough to have his works preserved.

And most of my 4k+ SF library, collected over a lifetime, got scattered when I moved down to SC. I'll probably never read most of those titles again. If it were even possible, it would take tens of thousands of dollars to reassemble that collection. I don't even still have the catalog I constructed on R base.

It's very depressing to realize that the culture of my youth isn't just gone, The literary part of it is dust, never to be seen again.

Posted by: Brett Bellmore at May 14, 2016 03:35 AM (l55xw)

3 Try living in Australia...

...where books are expensive and everything is trying to kill you!

Posted by: Wonderduck at May 14, 2016 04:20 PM (XQ5ac)

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