Issola Spoilers vs. Orca Spoilers

Tue Mar 11 09:11:11 PST 2003

On Tue, Mar 11, 2003 at 09:10:41AM -0800, Nytemuse <nytemuse at auros.org> wrote:
> On Tue, 11 Mar 2003, Matthew Hunter wrote:
> > It's courteous to allow people a few weeks to acquire a new book 
> > and finish reading it right after it comes out, because not 
> > everyone can get it instantly, but at some point the burden 
> > switches to the reader.
> In some cases more than a few weeks.  I, for reasons of size and cost,
> never buy hardbacks.  And I've looked, but I can't always find Brust in
> the library.  I think it more fair to move the "few weeks" figure to after
> the book has been released in paperback.  I just picked up _Issola_ two
> weeks ago and am working through it now, but I won't be able to get to
> PotD until the end of the year, unless I borrow it from a friend, which
> I'm still not a fan of doing b/c hardbacks are HUGE.  I generally read on
> the fly, while I'm on the train to class, so I like to read something that
> can fit in my pocket.

And this is going into the realm of insanity.  Sure, not everyone 
can or will get the books immediately in hardcover.  But it's 
often a year or more before the book is available in paperback.  
So we should spoiler-protect books for a year or more after their 
release?  Or even longer, to accomodate people who just 
don't want to get the book right away even in paperback?  
What about foreign language readers?  People who can't find the 
early books?

IMHO, the whole list is a spoiler zone.  If you don't want to be 
spoiled... don't read the list.  

Matthew Hunter (matthew at infodancer.org)
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