Science fiction/fantasy author finally caves in to ebooks

by Sheila J Tofflemire on Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 2:44 pm

in News,Publishing,Trends

Ray Bradbury, who’s always rejected ebooks, is finally giving in and allowing the digital release of his classic Fahrenheit 451 :

At age 91, Ray Bradbury is making peace with the future he helped predict.

The science fiction/fantasy author and long-time enemy of the e-book has finally allowed his dystopian classic ‘Fahrenheit 451’ to be published in digital format.

First published in 1953, ‘Fahrenheit 451’ has sold more than 10 million copies and has been translated into 33 languages.

It imagined a world in which the appetite for new and faster media leads to a decline in reading, and books are banned and burned.

Author J. K. Rowling was also against releasing her Harry Potter series as ebooks, but has since relented, though the release date has been delayed.

As a big ebook fan, I’m glad to see more authors jump on the bandwagon, albeit a bit reluctantly. I don’t believe ebooks mean the death of reading at all. For me, it’s made life easier, in that I can now carry with me a large selection of books on my ereader. The portability aspect, as well as the space savings — I was getting crowded out of my house — make ebooks my format of choice for reading.

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