|10-17-2012, 09:42 PM||#1|
Join Date: Apr 2012
Device: Kindle Fire
Books not yet digital.
How long before older books appear as digital versions? Is there a site where you can request a conversion?
Forgive my ignorance.
|10-17-2012, 09:52 PM||#2|
Join Date: Oct 2007
Device: AuraHD, Nook HD+, Kindle 2,3,T , Opus, TF101, Nexus7, iPT, iPhone5
The Wrong Side of the Sky was his first book, published in 1961. The rights most likely reside with his estate (or whoever inherited) unless the book is highly popular and has been kept in print all these years (looking at Amazon this doesn't appear to be the case). Either a publisher would have to pay the estate for the rights or his estate would have to self publish the book to get it out there as an ebook.
The $200 'new' copy is just a couple of third party sellers hoping someone might bite at that price.
You could always buy one of the cheap used copies and scan/ocr it if you want an ebook copy.
More on the authors works...
"The test of any good fiction is that you should care something for the characters; the good to succeed, the bad to fail. The trouble with most fiction is that you want them all to land in hell together, as quickly as possible."
— Mark Twain
|10-18-2012, 04:56 AM||#3|
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Maryland Heights, Missouri, USA
Device: Nokia N800, PRS-505
There are services like 1dollarscan.com, but the problem is most of those are destructive (meaning, the book will not remain in one piece). If you're going to spend $200 on a book, you probably don't want it to be cut up.
|10-18-2012, 05:16 AM||#4|
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: The Third World
Device: iLiad + PRS-505 + Kindle 3
I see a used hardcover for a little more than 5$. I suppose that one is worth ripping and scanning, even destructively...
Obviously, once you have bought and digitized the printed book, you have to keep it strictly for your personal use. For sure you cannot share it on the net, like some criminal has done in the past (as you can see googling around for illegal e-versions of that book).
|10-18-2012, 08:36 AM||#5|
Join Date: Jan 2011
|10-18-2012, 10:37 AM||#6|
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Charlotte, NC
Have you checked Open Library for it? I thought anyone could make an account there, and I see six of his books available to borrow on there. You didn't give the name of the specific book you were interested in, or I would have check that for you.
|10-21-2012, 02:47 PM||#7|
Join Date: Sep 2012
Device: Nook ST, Kindle Keyboard
Many older books exist in eform because a fan went to the effort of either typing it in or scanning it into a computer and using OCR software to clean it up.
I plan to scan in 2 books by Frank Eric Russell. They likely will never be in print again and I can't read them in their current form.
|10-21-2012, 03:35 PM||#8|
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Nanaimo, BC Canada
Device: Samsung Galaxy Note
There is a service, https://unglue.it/, that is supposed to provide a crowdfunding approach where people contribute the money to buy the rights to a book to get it released under creative commons.
Not sure if you can recommend books to them or organize your own campaign though.
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