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Topic: ebooks not available

From: tim m.
Location: nyc
Date: 06/17/2008

hello greg,

your books have rekindled my interest in sci-fi. i love the hard edge of science present in your work. it allows me to read with some belief and imagination. also, since 2002, i have been reading all new material in electronic format (of one kind or another) on my palm 515. this does present some challenges as not all of my favorite books are e-formatted. i love forge of god and anvil of stars, but these books are difficult if not impossible (for me) to find in e-format.

what's the scoop? probably (?) due to the original format of the book's final manuscript. is there any chance these books might come out in e-format?

thanks,
tim

Re: ebooks not available

From: Greg Bear
Date: 06/17/2008

E-Reads is going to be bringing these books and others out shortly in various formats. Meanwhile, CITY AT THE END OF TIME should soon be available through Random House's e-books division.

Re: ebooks not available

From: Roald Laurenson
Location: Coronado
Date: 06/18/2008

Greg, another that would be really great to find in Palm form would be Eternity.

I do the same in keeping these books handy, and it would be great to find this one.

Best,
Clive

Re: ebooks not available

From: Greg Bear
Date: 06/18/2008

ETERNITY is on its way as well.

Re: ebooks not available

From: tim m.
Location: nyc
Date: 06/18/2008

greg,

thanks for the info. i will keep an eye out. just wondering if the issue is that the original material was in a format that was incompatible? that doesn't seem to make much sense as i think some of your work from the early 90s is in e-format, but these books were not.

curious.

Re: ebooks not available

From: Roald Laurenson
Location: Coronado
Date: 06/19/2008

What a nice thing to hear.

Greg, I hope you found your kudos put on the epigenetics thread. It's sort of 'workers of the world unite' but I am really very appreciative.

Kind regards,
Clive

Re: ebooks not available

From: Greg Bear
Date: 06/19/2008

Some publishers, beginning in the 1990s, held on to e-book rights but did almost nothing to exploit them. With reversions, we're remedying that now.

Re: ebooks not available

From: tim m
Location: nyc
Date: 06/19/2008

dunces.

just like the music industry. the movers don't know how to shake with technology changes. i hope this remedy is industry wide. current author notwithstanding, there are other authors in the same predicament, namely card.

Re: ebooks not available

From: Greg Stewart
Location: Mississippi
Date: 07/15/2008

Greg Bear,

THAT IS GREAT NEWS!!! I am working to build my e-book library and some of the largest holes are those books of yours that haven't been published in that format.

My only request is to have them available in multiple formats. I prefer the Palm Reader/EReader format and also have the Microsoft Reader software. I (like a lot of e-book readers) am trying to limit the number of difference reader software that I have to install on my limited hand-held devices... but I've seen a number of books recently that have been released only in Mobipocket format and I'm resisting adding that software to my handheld. And of course, there's the proprietary Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader formats... dead-ends for the e-book world, IMHO.

Looking forward to the new set of Greg Bear e-books... and of course, the City...

Greg Stewart

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