A few folks have asked me about the availability of an e-book version of Returning My Sister’s Face. I’ve actually been thinking about that and e-books in general for a while. It’s hard to avoid all the industry fuss and furor about e-books, their pricing, and electronic rights in general.
Until I got my Droid, e-books hadn’t made much of an impression on me as a reader. I had my laptop and have been reading a lot of fiction, primarily short stories, in various formats for years now: PDF, Word/RTF, HTML, and epub mostly. And while I d0 prefer the convenience and portability of electronic files, I wasn’t sold on it as the evolution of printed books. It was just a convenient medium that had its advantages and disadvantages–the primary disadvantage being that even though my VAIO is teeny (11.1″ screen, 2.8lbs, less than an inch thick), I couldn’t just pop it out of my purse or backpack and flip it open like I could a good ole paperback. I had to be somewhere where I could set it down and boot it, a process that took a minute or so. And it was too awkward to juggle while standing. While its size made standing use possible, unlike my behemoth of an HP laptop which is clunky as an anvil and nearly as heavy, I was always too afraid it would get jostled out of my hands or I’d fumble and drop it.
And then I got my Droid.