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P.C. Hodgell News

Other people may know all this already ... but I discovered PCH's newish web site today, and on it she says (emphasis mine):

"... Baen has picked up the series in e-edition and now in print. I’ve just received contracts for the sequel to Rathorn, the manuscript being due early in 2009, and for the reissue of the earlier novels."

Also, she has her own LJ!


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Oct. 21st, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you can get all the book for like $20 in e-format. Although trust me, reading a book on your computer is not particularly pleasant. >_> They are being offered in hard copy next year sometime, I think.
Oct. 22nd, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
Laptops make that a little more convenient than trying to read a whole novel on-screen at a desktop, at least...but I do most of my ebook reading on an old Visor PDA, even if the files aren't offered in a Palm-OS specific format, there are apps that'll convert anything in .doc/.html/.txt/.pdf into something usable. For folks who've been considering making the plunge to an ebook device but are leery of gambling on the cost of a Kindle or Sony Reader, picking up a used older color-screen PDA can make for a great low-cost trial run, there are folks damn near giving the things away on eBay and they make surprisingly decent, functional little readers, even if they don't have all the bells and whistles of the current bleeding-edge devices.
Oct. 23rd, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)

I'm waiting for a reader that rivals a magazine - heck, it can even be a heavy, slightly chunky rag like National Geographic - in size, weight, and the ability to withstand being thrown carelessly into my going-to-work tote bag and having a lunchbox shoved in on top.

Edited at 2008-10-23 02:03 am (UTC)
Oct. 23rd, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)
See, magazine-size, even if magazine-thin, really wouldn't work for me, because I don't like to carry a bag that large unless I absolutely have to. I don't really like purses, and I don't even like to carry a backpack or tote bag unless I *need* one to carry something back and forth. If I'm not out shopping or otherwise need a bag large enough to carry something bulkier, I'm happiest when I don't need to carry a bag at all and can just fit the bare essentials in a couple of jacket pockets in colder weather, or at most I'll carry very, very small, light bag that is only just barely big enough for a very slim wallet, lipstick and compact, phone, tiny MP3 player (if I'm not wearing it on a necklace or in a pocket), a small comb if I'm not wearing my hair up, keys, and a paperback. (Well, OK, if I'm going out dancing, or to some really dressy event, I might leave the book at home and go for something even smaller...) I'm not carting it around as regularly as I did in the days when I had an hour-long train commute, but Hyacinthine (my faithful much-abused Visor Prism) was, even with the slight added thickness of a protective case, essentially the size, shape and weight as a paperbook book, so it would quite easily and safely fit in a jacket pocket or my usual small bags. I was carrying it around essentially daily for several years straight, and it held up just dandy to being hauled in everything from jacket pockets to thrown in backpacks with bento jars and groceries. Don't get me wrong, you've seen my shelves so you know how much I love real books, for pleasure reading at home I prefer the whole tactile, multisensory experience. But back when I had a long commute and did a bit more traveling, it was nice to be able to face long, boring train rides and plane trips and dreary airport layovers with dozens and dozens of books' worth of reading in the space and weight of just one hardcopy. (And the backlight was particularly nice as it made reading possible in situations where the lighting would have been uncomfortably dim for reading stuff on paper.)

I don't know if I'd ever go for a dedicated ebook device, unless the size and price go way, way, way down -- I liked the Visor because it was multi-functional, and since I like to travel light and prefer gear that's got more than one use, when my current round of tech gear starts to lose the magic smoke I'd be more inclined to go the smartphone route, so I can consolidate phone/music player/PDA functionality into one device -- I figure that in another couple of years, the latest generations of iPhone/Treo/etc.-style gizmos will be smaller and cheaper than the current run, probably comparable to where more basic phones are right now.

(I was almost there on the one-device-to-rule-them-all bleeding edge back in 2002 when they came out with a cellphone expansion module for my Prism, but the only wireless provider offering service in the region screwed up my order so badly and repeatedly that I ended up cancelling. I still might pick up the MP3 and digital camera expansion modules one of these years, now that the tech is years behind the curve the stuff that cost a small fortune new eight years ago is now going used for scarcely more than spare change on eBay nowadays...)
Oct. 26th, 2008 03:17 am (UTC)

I have a feeling that this is an area into which I will be carried only kicking and screaming. I take too much pleasure in the physical reality of a book - even though I'm terrible about dog-earing paperbacks. My hardback copy of DWJ's Fire and Hemlock, for example, is one of my favorite things in this world, even though its dustjacket is growing ragged. The publisher (Greenwillow - part of Harper Collins) spent time and effort on it - the typography and layout are gorgeous, and perfectly matched with DWJ's story structure.

Oct. 26th, 2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
Re: (e-books)
Oh, I love my hardcopy books to pieces, too -- that's why for me ebooks will never be a total replacement, more of a supplement; there's a time and place where I don't want the weight and bulk of carrying multiple hard copies, books that I love enough that I don't want to carry them around and damage them, etc., and the electronic stuff fits that niche very nicely. I really like having the options to suit different circumstances -- it's a bit like having cheap loaner copies, only here it's one big hardcover or trade paper version kept at home, and then an electronic version that I can put in my pocket and carry anywhere, along with the rest of the series, without straining my back or damaging the beloved hard copies...
Oct. 23rd, 2008 02:00 am (UTC)

I've been filling out my collection so that I have 2 full sets - one for me, one to lend - from the used book sites like www.abebooks.com. All you need to decide is whether you want to stalk such sites for used hardbacks in decent shape under $20 or wait for the 2-in-1 paperbacks to come out new.

I don't think the delivery devices for e-books are ready for prime time yet, actually.

Oct. 23rd, 2008 03:50 am (UTC)
You really should get on BookMooch, too -- not only is it a great way to pick up spare copies of favorites or cheap trial copies of new stuff you're uncertain about, it'd definitely help you clear out that giveaway shelf in the basement you mentioned! ;)
Oct. 26th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)
(obtaining out-of-print books)

B-but if I was on BookMooch, I'd have to remember to wrap things up and mail them!!! People would care! With the Friends of the Library store, I just back a bunch of stuff in boxes once a year and run them over to Wheaton ... . (Also, do kids' picture books and such go on BookMooch much?)

Oct. 26th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
Re: (obtaining out-of-print books)
...but you also meet fun new nice book-loving people sometimes, and have lovely little chats about books you love! And you sometimes find the most random wonderful things you didn't know you wanted just browsing through someone's inventory after you snag something you were looking for! And it's so much easier to give up a book when you know it's going to a real person who truly wants it, rather than going to some uncertain fate on a sale table. And if you're good about wishlisting stuff (mine's in four figures at this point), the system will recommend stuff related to books on your wishlist that you may not have stumbled across otherwise.

And yes, kiddie books go on there, and foreign-language books, and textbooks and cookbooks and comics and manga and you-name-it -- if it's got an ISBN, it's game (and you can even manually enter stuff that doesn't -- I got a huge response when I listed a bunch of little embroidery and beadwork pattern craft pamphlets). Kid stuff definitely can find homes, there are a lot of teachers and librarians and charities looking for stuff for the classroom, parents on a budget, or folks like me looking for obscure old childhood favorites. If you're willing to spend a little more on international postage (the system compensates you for the extra cost by giving you triple points if you do), I even know one expat chap in Japan who's always got an eye out for books for his young son, as English-language kiddie books in Japan are apparently hard to find and costly.

Really, you'd be surprised at some of the stuff that goes in a flash -- it's often not the big bestsellers, unless it's a book that's just come out recently and has dozens of people looking for it; older titles by popular authors can sometimes take a while to move since there's usually multiple copies floating about. But some fairly obscure, limited-interest academic stuff, older authors, etc. can sometimes go in a flash -- the audience for them may not be as big, but there also aren't nearly as many copies coming into the system.
Oct. 27th, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
Speaking of BookMooch charities
...almost forgot to mention this charming little nonprofit in PA, which has a huge wishlist of mythology, SF/fantasy, and RPG stuff, including YA/older children's books, to use for their library programs: Barbarians for Literacy. ;)
Oct. 28th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)
Re: (obtaining out-of-print books)

Ummm ... >sigh<

The trouble is ... on average I have maybe 2 hours per day to do exactly as I wish. In that 2 hours, I write fic, reviews, LJ replies, and e-mails. It often takes just about all of those hours to do that much. If I have to do something else I would like to do (like packing up a care package for someone or searching for the perfect present online), it comes out of that time.

I just don't think I have time right now to take Bookmooching on, despite the obvious benefits.

I mean, K's husband tried to rope me into helping with the high school web site. I haven't been able to make myself do squat about it.

There are times when some of these added activities, which are mean to be pleasurable, take on the flavor of added responsibilities ... and at the risk of whining, I have to say that I feel I've got too many of those right now.

Maybe when TYL goes off to college ... .

Oct. 28th, 2008 06:18 am (UTC)
Re: (obtaining out-of-print books)

Well, maybe the next time I visit you can show me the giveaway stacks, and I can grab a few of the likeliest-looking suspects and list 'em for you, and hunt for/wishlist a few of your top wanteds to get with those points -- I've not got the time or, more importantly, the storage space to do an entire bookshelf's worth, but cherrypicking a bagful of stuff that seems likely to go quick is no trouble (and I already have a few slots on my wishlist given over to stuff friends are looking for.) If the Charlaine Harris books aren't keepers for you, for instance, I know from past experience that those *will* get Mooched with a quickness. And if you have any manga that you're really not in love with, those get snapped up extremely quickly -- I should know, given how much snapping-up I've done myself. ;)
Oct. 29th, 2008 02:13 am (UTC)
Re: (obtaining out-of-print books)

I guess I could just try getting my ass out of work earlier, more consistently! But you're welcome to take a look next time you're over, and see what you think.

Oct. 22nd, 2008 06:32 am (UTC)
Eeee, that's great news!! I downloaded all of the books, too. *laugh* It's so nice to read novels in bed without straining to hold up a great heavy brick of a book.
Oct. 23rd, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)

Are you calling my books "heavy"? The nerve!

(So we need to talk about these books! Jame, Kindrie, Bane, Grimly, Kirien, Tori ... weirding! Bonefires! The Senetha!)

Oct. 26th, 2008 06:25 am (UTC)
All-around yay!
Oct. 28th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)


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