This is a whole good news/bad news post.  The good news is that my first novel, The Howling Delve, is coming to e-readers for the first time on August 28th of this year.  This makes me happy because the novel has been out of print for some time, so it will be nice to see it available again.

The bad news? The paperback versions of Unbroken Chain and Mistshore are going out of print, so pretty much all my novels (with the exception of Mistshore in the Waterdeep omnibus) will only be available in ebook format.  My forthcoming novel, Spider and Stone, will also be an ebook-only release.

It makes sense in a lot of ways.  Print publishing is suffering, and ebooks and e-readers are popular.  I know all of this in my head.

In my heart, though, I’m remembering the first time I got to hold a copy of The Howling Delve in my hands, flip through the pages, inhale the book scent, and think to myself, holy crap, I wrote all of these words!  Look at the pretty words!  Picturing that scene with my Nook just doesn’t have the same sparkle.

I’m going to miss the sparkle.

So, for the folks who’ve asked me how I feel about ebooks and print books and the future of publishing, I’ll say that I don’t know what the future holds, but I (desperately) wish we could have print and electronic, and it would break my heart to lose the brick-and-mortar stores because some of my best memories happened at or near a bookstore.  On my first date with Tim, we ended up outside Borders drinking coffee.  I sucked all the oxygen out of a bookstore the first time I saw The Howling Delve on the shelf.  Bookstores are my comfort spaces.

Still, whether they are ink on a page or text on a screen, the words will still be pretty.

Unless you see some that aren’t.  Just ignore those.


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2 responses to “E-delving

  1. I think bookstores will always be around, but I worry that they’ll be much smaller, like the ones we had when I was a kid. I still remember what a treat it was to go downtown to the giant store that had been built in a former movie theater–it was probably smaller than a typical B&N is today. And I just checked–it closed in 2009.

    And of course it’s partly my fault too, because guess where I usually buy books and what format.

    • Jaleigh Johnson

      I know what you mean. I love my Nook, but at the same time, I feel guilty for buying so many books on it. We’re already down two bookstores in the area, and I don’t want to lose B&N too.

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