February 10th, 2009

books

e-readers - are they all the rage?

I know some of my fellow agents have e-readers, but I've yet to get one. Partially because of the price-tag, I admit it. A number of editors I know have gotten company-sponsored e-readers, too, and say they use them frequently. I wonder how much more work reading I'd get done if manuscripts were portable. I do some reading on my computer and/or laptop, but, of course, find that more than a chapter and outline tends to make my eyes tired, especially after spending a large amount of the day at the computer already answering emails and so forth.

At the moment, I'm still betting on doing my "pleasure" reading the old-fashioned way. Though I suppose that may not always be true depending on circumstances -- after all, I have a portable MP3 player that is much less clunky than the Walkman I owned way back when.

So, Amazon just unveiled the Kindle 2 coming in at the very affordable (heh) $359 and to be released later this month.

And Sony has a new version that came out not that long ago -- the Sony PRS-700BC Reader Digital Book, sold (ironically on Amazon) for $399.

Anyone out there been e-reading and what are the pro's and con's? And what do you tend to read electronically as opposed to on paper? If you could buy either of the above readers, which one would it be and why?

ETA: bryant brings up another question for me -- if you buy the e-version of a book, how often do you also buy the print version?
books

debut novel from Mary Robinette Kowal

To those of you in the short fiction post that wanted to see a novel from Mary Robinette Kowal, I am pleased to announce that we have just agreed to a two-book deal with Tor for Shades of Milk and Honey (a Jane Austen-style novel with magic) and a sequel.

If you want some background...

Here's Mary's post on introducing me as her agent -- this was at the end of March last year.

Here's her post today about selling her book!!!!