I wish there were ebooks

As I said in my last post, I have a wish list of books I would love to see as ebooks. They are all older books, generally from the 80s and 90s when my discovery of SF and fantasy was at its height.

I promised a list, and now that I’ve mastered WordPress’ gallery feature, here it is. As an aside, while it’s taken me most of the day to get all the books (there are 104 of them) into it as I wanted, I’m really impressed with the gallery option and may even slowly convert my Author Reads over to that format.

A few quick notes:

  • I own almost all these books in paper editions. Those I don’t, I originally borrowed from either friends or the library and never got my own copies. I’ve marked them with an asterix.
  • I’ve read almost all of these and would like to read/reread them all.
  • For the books I own, I’ve made a point of putting up the cover I have on my copy. Some of them I pulled from the web, others I went downstairs and photographed. (Let me I say that I love the Shoebox app for taking photos and de-skewing the picture to make it square.)
  • The text links go to the Goodreads page for the book. In some cases that’s helpful and in some it’s not, but I wanted to be consistent. I know at least a few of these are pretty obscure and you may not have heard of them, so I wanted some kind of link.
  • The image links go to WordPress’ gallery function slideshow thingy.
  • I’m aware some of these  may be available as ebooks in the US. However, I can’t find them when I search because most sites now have their websites filtering content on IP address. They’re geo-restricted so not only can I not buy them, I can’t even see them. If anything on this list is available in the US, please let me know in the comments. I’d like to know.
  • (Added 18 January, 2013) Follow up to the above point, thanks to a friend gifting me some books, I now have the rest of the Mageworlds books (Doyle and Macdonald) and one of the Haydon ones that I couldn’t get, but she could get for me, so I’ve taken those off the list. Thank you friend.
  • (Added 29 December, 2013) I just done an update and removed those books that have come out as ebooks during the year, especially The Phoenix Code by Catherine Asaro, The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein and Last Act by Jane Aiken Hodge.
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  1. I had so much fun looking through this list! I’ve read many, but not all, and you’ve read lots that I want to read I really want to get to Emergence, though I can’t find a copy anywhere, not even the library. I want the Diana Wynne Jones – I keep thinking I have A Sudden Wild Magic, and I don’t. And Doris Egan – oh, I owned all three once upon a time, and foolishly gave them away when I went to England. Now I really wish I could find them again to read, and they’re hard to find. And that’s just the books itself, not the e-book. I wonder if there is copyright involved in the e-books that older books are harder to get that way? I’ll let you know if I come across any links. I do know that Kay’s books have been rereleased (the Fionavar Tapestry), so you might be in luck with e-books soon there.

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