January 3, 2011

Entering the Electronic (Reader) Age

I'm happy to report that Reasonable and Holy is now a Google Book, through an arrangement between Church Publishing Incorporated and Google, at a significant markdown over the list price. This version is readable on all open format eReaders (sorry Kindlers, your day will come...). That means the iPadistas, Nooklings, and Sonyites, as well as a slew of other tableters will be able to join the thousands who have already enjoyed (or not, in a few cases) the text on the printed page. — Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG

8 comments:

Rick+ said...

     "Argh!" cries this Kindle user. Ah well, I have it on my wish list.

Tobias Stanislas Haller said...

Sorry, Rick. There is a link on the Amazon page for the book that allows folks to "tell the publisher" they'd like a Kindle version. Unless CPI has cut an exclusive deal with Google, I'd think that if enough folks ask a Kindled version might not be too far away...

Fr. J said...

Congrats on getting the book into e-format, which is kind of how it began. I do enjoy the concept of the e-reader, but I haven't yet been able to give up the feel of the printed page. Like a good cup of tea, it's more about the experience than the format.

On a somewhat unrelated note, have you read "Washed and Waiting" by Wesley Hill? I've just started reading it and I'd be curious to hear your reaction to it.

Tobias Stanislas Haller said...

Thanks, Fr. J. Yes, this is a kind of return to the source, though of course much altered in transit.

I was a slow convert to electronic books; in part because I didn't really like the little keyboard on the Kindle. For me the most important thing is the ability to make notes and highlights, and I found the Kindle process a bit tedious. The new Nook Color (or iPad) is ideal, and much closer to a paper-book experience.

But I have found the ability to carry with me wherever I go a complete library to be well worth the compromise. I'm rereading the classics, making notes as I go, and it is a very liberating experience, I must say.

I'm not familiar with the Wesley Hill book. If it is available from Barnes and Noble on the Nook, though, there's a chance I'll download it! Always easy to switch from Irenaeus or Cyprian to something contemporary!

WSJM said...

I also am a Kindler, but since I own and have read it in hardcopy, I don't feel too bad about it! I'm in favor of anything that will help your book to be more widely read!

Grandmère Mimi said...

Congratulations, Tobias. I'll take my book over an electronic version any time, but I realize that I'm fast moving into the minority. Still, I'm thankful for the wonders of the electronic age, otherwise, I'd probably never have held your book in my hands.

Hermano David | Brother Dah • veed said...

It is my understanding that Calibre eBook Management will convert an eReader format (pdb) to a format usable by the Kindle, such as pdf. It is a free app and available for the Mac, Linux and Windows platforms. Then you connect your Kindle to your computer with its USB cable, open the Kindle as any USB drive and drag & drop the new format onto your Kindle.

http://calibre-ebook.com/download

Congrats on the new form of your book Father T!

Tobias Stanislas Haller said...

Thanks, WS.
GM, you too. The blogosphere is last year's substitute for the broadsheet, and it is marvelous to think of the connections it has forged.
Dahveed, I use Calibre to maintain my library, and I know the author is constantly adding new features and filters. Not having a Kindle I've not looked into this particular aspect, but it is good to know.
Thanks to all, once more.