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New book publishing trend? Delayed ebook release.

I think we’re on the verge of a new publishing trend. I think we’re going to see ebooks starting to more frequently get a delayed release.

Stephen King just announced his new book Joyland would be released as paperback first. The press release sports the following text: “That way fans will have to buy ‘the actual book’.” While this probably was more about the fact that he wants people to have the experience of a physical book in their hand, it says a lot when a big time author, especially one who championed the ebook movement, decides to forego ebook publishing. And he’s not the only one.

The Wheel of Time is a very popular fantasy series. A Memory of Light, the final book of the fourteen-book epic concluded on January 8th. It was a print only release. The ebook version will not be released until April 9th, 2013. That’s right. Ebook fans will need to wait three whole months to read the conclusion of the loved franchise. The Wheel of Time is published by TOR, a company that announced it was going DRM-free beginning July 20, 2012.

It isn’t hard to imagine that the fact that the book could be widely distributed in a digital format played a part in the ebook delay. Stephen King’s books have never known DRM freedom, but being one of the most popular authors in the industry probably lends itself to pretty high priority on the ‘books to pirate’ scale.

So what say you? Does King’s decision disappoint you? Or will it put more paper books on your shelf?

Does TOR’s decision to delay the ebook make sense to you given the lack of DRM protection?

I know. I know.

Just where the hell have I been? That’s a fair question.

I’ve been home. Mostly. Work other times. And occasionally I’ve been out with a friend.

But I’ve also been spending way too much time on facebook. Or with my nose in a book. The former isn’t a great use of time but the latter has been pretty satisfying.

I’ve also been taking efforts to improve my health. I’d like to be around for my family and the kid’s kids, so I’d better take some kind of action. I try and walk/jog at least 3 times a week. I’ve started a program called Couch to 5k, which is a 9 week program. I’m in the second week and yesterday it kicked my ass. I wanted to quit repeatedly but didn’t. My back is hurting today, but it felt good to tackle something I didn’t think I was going to make it through.

I’ve also been reading Matt Logelin’s blog (here). If you aren’t familiar with Matt, he’s a widower. He lost his wife the day after their first child was born. He turned to his blog as an outlet and the response appears to have been overwhelming. He even got a book deal out of it. Not that that’s any consolation. But the blog is powerful stuff; it really makes you think about how fragile it all is. And that kind of ties into my thoughts of getting around to taking better care of myself.

On top of reading a few blogs, I’ve also been reading a lot more. Unfortunately most of it is school stuff, but getting to some of my personal reading wish list has been nice. I even read a couple books on how to write books from a couple of authors I enjoy (Stephen King & Terry Brooks). Their methods couldn’t be more different. But even if I were to discover a writing method that worked for me, I’m still missing the key ingredient. Inspiration.

Inspiration, or lack thereof, is what is really got me down. I’ve heard for years that I’m a good writer. Or that I should write a book, but I can’t write Seinfeld. I can’t write a book about nothing. I have no stories. Hell, even finding something that I think would be interesting to the three of you who read this is difficult, as you can tell by my recent updates.

I don’t know what it all means. I know there is some feeling of discontent in this particular area but overall lately I’ve felt very good about where I’m at and where I’m going. It’s hard to ask for more than that.

So I guess I’m reading again

I used to read all the time. It was no big deal for me to visit a bookstore once or more a week at one point. I got my nook and since then it seems like I’ve been reading a lot more lately. It’s hard to read anywhere close to as much as I used to due to have responsibilities beyond paying my bills on time, but I’m still happy about the fact that I made it all the way through The Stand is roughly a month in a half. That bad boy was 1100+ pages. And for the record, I thought it was pretty good. In fact, I left a review over at goodreads.com and it’s on my blog right now. No spoilers, naturally.

Today I picked up my ARC copy of The Wake of Forgiveness and am already 84 pages in. So far it’s a pretty good story. I mean, I have to keep reminding myself of the years the story takes place. It’s a little hard for me to imagine 1910 or 1920 something. So I find myself imaging a scene and then they mention lighting a lantern to check out a noise and I’m like, oh yeah – no flashlight. Or they are in their house and mention lighting the stove to heat the house and I go – oh yeah, I guess they mentioned them being cold and I just assumed they were outside. If I do have a complaint about this book so far it’s that the writer writes in these ridiculous run-on sentences. I’ve literally noticed a single paragraph in the book that was once sentence long. And it’s not like it was a short paragraph. It was five lines of text on the page. Not like I’m fit to critique anyone’s grammar but still!

Randomness

  • Nothing was on TV tonight so I decided we’d give the TV show Dexter a shot. My Xbox RROD’d about 15-20 minutes into the show. If the Xbox doesn’t recover I’ll be able to say that a serial killer killed my Xbox.
  • Addison has been pretty bossy lately and had been adding “RIIIGHT NOW!” to the ends of her sentences. This is sometimes hysterical. Today we heard “You don’t hit-uh me, riiight NOW!!”
  • Samantha continues to do whatever she darn well pleases. She decides she wants a cup of water, she’ll go the dishwasher, grab a cup, go the fridge, get some water, add some ice and give you a dirty look and growl when you tell her no. It’s a lot of fun bit frustrating.
  • I’m working on being more patient when Josh and I are practicing his reading. It’s hard when I’ve taught him a word several times and yet each time he comes across the word it’s like he’s never seen it before. Still, I’m trying to not make it harder on him. That’s a work in progress.
  • Cynthia’s computer is driving me bat shit crazy with it’s frequent blue screens. I swear I have diagnosed and treated at least six problems that would absolutely cause that to happen. So far I fix one problem and it seems another rears its head. On the bright side, I’m getting to press into Windows 7 troubleshooting. And it’s been a while since I’ve done a deep dive into anything so I guess it isn’t so bad. Except for Cynthia who probably thinks I don’t know as much as she originally thought I did.