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My copy's been on order for a coupla weeks now.
...and it's available as an eBook from Baen now. I'm 174 pages into it...and it's gooooooood. Nyanyanyanyanya!
Katherine,Immediately below this post is a picture of a hundred-year-old pistol. I can wait for the feel of squooshed dead trees in my hand. ;)
Lets see: Just walked into the house a little after 3:00 p.m. EDT, checked your Blog, saw your post, and as of 5 minutes ago, it hit my Kindle. Now to transfer it to MY New Magic Elf Box.....,see, there are a few good things about the 21st. Century. Not many, true, but.... oh, yeah, it's $2.00 cheaper as an eBook, plus there's no Shipping Costs. Gasoline for the Zed Drei is how much a gallon in Indy?
I'm with you, Tam... waiting for the dead tree edition to arrive. You can't smell an e-book, or feel the texture of the pages in your hands.
Bubblehead Les,"Gasoline for the Zed Drei is how much a gallon in Indy?"Not enough to make me want to read it on a computer or cellphone screen. ;)Like I've said elsewhere: If it's a book I'm going to want to reread in its entirety, I want an archival copy.(Conversely, the copy of Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us I'm currently reading is the kind of book that will get d/l'ed to my Kindle when I get around to ordering one in the next couple months.)One might as well try to prove the superiority of strawberry to vanilla. ;)
Tam,My dead tree copy should arrive at my neighborhood bookstore tomorrow or Monday. Future rereadings (and they'll happen, oh yes) will utilize that copy, 'cause you're right: the smell, the feel, the sensation of opening a new paperback for the first time...those are all part of the reading experience. (Jasper Fforde and I are great friends, if by "great friends" I mean that I worship the shelves that his books reside upon...)My Nook will NEVER replace my paper books. With rare exceptions--i.e., long-out-of-print books on early music which my grad student budget can't possibly afford in paper but can get for free on the Nook--I own physically all the books on my Nook. I have a Nook so that a) I can get the occasional instant gratification (MHA!!) and b) so that I can tote all my books--including research materials--around with me to read in my free moments.Example: while waiting in line to see the latest Harry Potter, I read the first eight cantos of Dante's Inferno. I'm nerdy that way. :DAnd everyone KNOWS that strawberry is preferable to vanilla! (Unless the vanilla is covered in hot fudge sauce, in which case all bets are off.)
I got the e-arc a while back and I will say that there are some things not worth waiting for. Regardless, This is a great book and it is badass no matter what format you use. :-DP.S. You will never look at snowplows the same way again. ;-)
Or old Finns driving snowplows.
The only dissapointment about this is that I need to finish reading Hard Magic before I can start on Alpha.
I ordered it months ago... and no shipping notice yet. What the hell Amazon!
There's nothing that says you can only have one copy. I already had MHI and MHV in paperback when I found out that Baen sold the ebooks from their website. I now have the ebooks on my kindle and magic elf-box for those long waits at the doctor's office.I am over halfway through MH-Alpha and enjoying it immensely. I'll buy the paperback when it comes out to loan to my friends.
I bought the e-book ARC as soon as it was available and tore through it in a matter of hours. I'll buy the paperback eventually to go along with my other hard copy MHI books and Hard Magic. They're not just worth buying, they're worth buying twice!
I own a Nook so I can haul my entire 2,000 book library (which is very heavy) with me on a plane.I never need 2000 books, but I like options.I own (or will aquire) Dead Tree copys of every book I own on the Nook.Such is the proper way of things.And e-ARCs are reader crack. Really.
Cool! And just in time too, since I finished "Hard Magic" about three weeks ago :)
I have to disagree, Jon. I don't need paper copies of every ebook any more than I need the dvd for every tv show or movie that I watch. Most books that I've read are more like popcorn movies than Casablanca. I miss the resale value of an ebook but appreciate the convenience more.MYCROFT
Eh. To each their own. I like having a library. I like loaning books. I can't do that (easily) with a fair number of e-books. (Baen E-books being a notable exception to this rule)But the Nook has its place in the fact that as mentioned earlier, it is *much* lighter to travel with.
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