A thought about paper.

So, first of all, Sewerville will be available for all the world next week, in both e-book and print format. (For those wondering, in a couple of days I’ll write more re: what the book is actually about but here’s one spoiler alert: it ain’t all warm and fuzzy.  I know, it’s hard to believe, coming from me.  But that’s just the way it is, my friends.)

In advance of that release, I thought I’d share this article from NBCnews.com, which is an interesting discussion about the legal reality of e-books, and, more importantly, consumers’ “ownership” of e-books, or they’re supposed ownership, anyway. It’s a good read that discusses the biggest fear we all have about buying e-books: that downloaded materials are subject to disappear at a moment’s notice.

While I’m not afraid of technology (and admit that perhaps makes me naive (uh, Terminators)) I also strongly prefer holding an honest-to goodness book in my hands as opposed to reading it off a screen.   I also know that despite the growth in e-book sales over the past couple of years, there are plenty of people who share my opinion, which is why next week all those people can buy their own copy of the book without ever having to rely on someone else’s software to read it.

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