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Old 08-10-2008, 02:15 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by DMcCunney View Post
When a book isn't available in an electronic edition, I normally point the finger of blame at the publisher first. I don't recall hearing Chabon had an opinion one way of the other.
Looks like most of his books are currently published by HarperCollins, which certainly does have an e-book presence. I haven't him express an opinion about e-books either -- I was mostly just pondering off the fact that none of his novels or collections appear to be available as e-books, including TYPU and an essay collection also published this year. There's a new paperback edition of his first novel (The Mysteries of Pittsburgh) due out next month, so maybe we'll see then...

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What's the earliest edition they carry?

Best Short Form Editor Gordon Van Gelder edits F&SF, and bought it from the former publisher a few years back. Gordon is a very sharp guy, and I suspect he saw that part of the future would be digital. I wouldn't be surprised if F&SF appearing in digital format on Fictionwise didn't coincide with his taking ownership.
Looks like January 2002. Is that about the right time-frame?

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You mean, expecting more SF in ebook form than general literature?

I wouldn't. For most publishers, SF is simply a fiction genre they publish, along with mysteries, horror, romance, et al. Whether ebook versions are available will depend upon the publisher, not the genre. Baen is a notable exception, both as a specialist in SF/Fantasy, and in commitment to electronic books.
You're probably right... My logic was that SF-reader would probably be more e-book-friendly, and thus market pressure would put more SF in e-book form, but it probably doesn't work that way for major general presses.
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