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Monday, April 18, 2011

Dear Publishers

I can happily tell you the kindle is brilliant to read outdoors!

One of the things though that does puzzle me is some of the books that I can't get for the Kindle. I did a search for Isaac Asimov, Arthur C Clarke and other classic SF writers and titles there were very few!

Now this does surprise me SF fans tend to be geeky and into gadgets so are likely e-book buyers so a prime audience. AH HA you say but they would already have these authors ! Well yes but just before I went on holiday two classic Isaac Asimov Robot novels were released for the Kindle. Yes I have them in paperback but I downloaded both and read both whilst away. I think publisher are missing a trick because if a lot of old Asimov, Clarke etc was available I'd buy it!

Although I love both The Caves of Steel and The Naked Sun some of the science read dates. They have portable viewers but you had to load it with a film cartridge to view a new "film". Still both were very enjoyable. If the third book, The Robots of Dawn, had been available it would have been downloaded there and then!!

So if you are the publisher of Isaac Asimov, Frederik Pohl, Arthur C Clarke, Larry Niven etc you really are missing a trick.

AND WHOSE STUPID DECISION was it to not make Connie Willis' new novel available on the Kindle. I mean come on!! As said earlier SF fans are geeky gadget freaks!!

I am pleased to see that Asimov's The Gods Themselves will be out soon (and I will buy it) but COME ON PUBLISHERS release those classics.


Attila The Mom said...

Feh. LOL

Kate said...

I think I read something about publishers quibbling over the rights for certain classics in Kindle book form. Which, as you say, is daft because these are the very ones that will make them money over and over again.

ps: The verification word for this comment is 'readie' - thought that was rather apt lol