October 15, 2014

The ebook announcement you’ve been waiting for, with supplementary arrrrrgh

 

Well of course I knew this was coming. I signed a contract, right?  Months ago.  But I was fallen on in body by everyone involved and FORBIDDEN to announce the news before time.*  And then at the last possible minute, of course, because that’s how these things go, MAJOR FAILURE IN COMMUNICATION OCCURRED, so not only did I not see the final of anything, the frelling press release went out two days ago and the only reason I knew about it was because I started getting deluged by emails (and one or two tweets) from people saying FINALLY!!  FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY YOUR BACKLIST IS COMING OUT ON EBOOK!!!!!!

Arrrrrrrrrrgh.

So here’s a link to the press release:

http://www.openroadmedia.com/blog/2014-10-14/newbery-medal-winner-i-the-hero-and-the-crown-i-by-robin-mckinley-available-as-an-ebook-for-the-first-time-along-with-seven-other-beloved-fantasy-titles

. . . But you might want to check it again in a few days when certain details have been AHEM tidied up a little.**

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* And very frustrating it has been too with the increasing numbers of emails pleading for me to produce or permit ebook editions of my backlist. IT’S NOT UP TO ME.  IF I COULD WAVE THE ABRACADABRA WAND I’D’VE DONE IT YEARS AGO.^  The problem with a lot of us old people is that we were writing books long before ebooks existed and renegotiating terms as the ebook revolution scampers around us and our elderly text-only contracts going nanny nanny boo boo hahahahahahaha is kind of a drag.  Not to mention complicated.  And before you send me a list of 1,000,000 authors even older than I am who got their backlists out on ebooks decades ago^^ yeah, well, that’s them, okay?  See:  ‘clever’, below.  It also depends on your publisher or publishers;  some divisions of some publishers are farther into the twenty-first century than others.^^^

^ No I don’t personally love ebooks, but I certainly read them,+ and I totally understand the comfort of having a vast bursting library on a skinny little tablet in your knapsack.

+ And anything I like a lot I then have to buy in hard copy. Those cheap ebook come-ons from amazon unfortunately work a treat on me;  I generally only buy stuff in e- that I don’t know and might not otherwise get around to.  So this totally generates more income for other writers from this out-of-control reader.

^^ Before ebooks existed. But that’s not going to bother a bunch of clever SF&F writers.  Please note I specify clever.

^^^ And just by the way you emailers who think it is funny or okay or persuasive to tell me that if I don’t produce legitimate ebooks you will be forced to buy evil pirated editions . . . this is not funny or okay or persuasive.  Pirate editions are illegal, and every one you either buy or download free is another kick in the teeth to writers who are trying to earn a living.  Don’t do it.  If the ebook edition—of any author’s book—is not available, live with it.+ Worse things happen at sea.

+ You might also keep in mind that begging the author to do something about the nonexistence of ebooks only makes the author miserable because she can’t. If you want to harass the whatsit out of someone, try the original edition hard copy publisher.

** And before you ask, BLUE SWORD belongs to another publisher. Communication has failed on that front too but it will be available as an ebook.  Soon.  I’ll try to remember to post here when I know.  But, hey, you may hear about it before I do.^

^ xxxx****&^%$£”!!!!!!!!!!!

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