oops. ebooks?

Thu Jun 6 11:34:18 PDT 2002

Steven Brust wrote:
> At 06:26 PM 6/5/2002 -0500, Arin Komins wrote:
>>Any chance we'll be seeing ebook versions of any of your books?
> I have no plans for anything like that.  I don't like them, so I don't feel 
> any inclination to go that way.

Steve, as someone with a distinct loathing of eBooks, thank you for that!
Though actually it isn't eBooks themselves I hate so much, as it is the
way publishers handle them. Proprietary encrypted formats (which you can
be certain not to be able to read 20 years down the road), often no way
to copy/paste or print text... It's not good.
Having an electronic version of stories definitely is a great goodness
though. As Thomas mentioned in another reply: grepping!
Tad Williams is publishing Shadowmarch - http://www.shadowmarch.com - in
pure HTML, and almost every week I find myself grepping through the text
in search of all references to this or that obscure item or person. That
way I do like the concept of online publishing (even though it's still
very hard on your eyes), but publishers unfortunately seem incapable of
trusting readers as Tad does.

May you always find shade and water,