The missing piece of the puzzle.

Last time out, I hinted in the comments that there was one more thing that needed to happen in order to defend indy epublishing against a theoretical future where Amazon and Barnes and Noble decide it’s time to get out of the industry.

Here it is:

sansa

This, my friends, is the Sansa e260, 4 gig model. It is an MP3 player that, while it is showing its age in the form of diminished battery life, has served me well over the years. While this particular model is a thing of the past, SanDisk has kept the brand alive.

I bring this up because it doesn’t matter where my music comes from. Ripped CDs, Jamendo, it can even take songs from eMusic or iTunes, were I so inclined (which I’m not). There isn’t even a “right” kind of music management software; all I do is plug it in to the computer and it’s recognized as another external drive.

You do see where I’m going with this, I presume.

We need an ereader that can seamlessly handle books from anywhere–buy it from one of the stores, download a freebie from Project Gutenberg, even check something out of your local library, it shows up with the same exact reading interface. In the same library.

Almost as acceptable would be an eink reader with Nook and Kindle and Kobo apps preinstalled.

At last, it can be told. Again.

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Twenty-some-odd years ago, I wrote a book. A little super-hero adventure called Fantasti-kid.

I was in high school at the time.

Senior year, my class was the first in the school’s history to have to do a big project, called the Senior Venture, in order to graduate. So I took that novel, where heretofore had existed as a set of EasyWorking 8-in-1 word publisher files sitting on a floppy disk, and turned them into a self-published paperback.

I gave a few away, sold several others. One copy’s sitting on my bookshelf. The rest would be gathering dust but the box they’re in is all closed up.

Fantasti-kid

(As an aside, my Senior Venture project was one of a few chosen to be featured in an article for the school paper–in which the price I was charging was misquoted to such an extent that I would have lost money on every copy sold had I sold them at that price. Nobody actually held me to that, though. Also, it’s amazing the things that come to mind so unexpectedly.)

Anyway, I have gone back, edited the errors and tightened everything up, and made it available as an ebook at both Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

Two dollars and ninety-nine cents is less than the price of a single issue of most modern superhero comics, which will get you an infinitesimally small portion of the latest world-changing crossover event. Or it can get you a full super-hero story complete with beginning, middle, and end.

Also? Contains explicit Christian content.