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Ebooks are coming!

by nickmamatas

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive here at Haikasoru HQ (hidden high atop Mount Pikachu!) is “Are you going to do ebooks?” And now we can say, “Yes, and soon!” Behold, the first three books in our model Apple bookstore:

We’re still working out the actual release date, but it should be within weeks. We’re starting with Harmomy, The Next Continent, and Slum Online for iPads, the more recent iPhones, and whatever other readers or systems Apple uses. Kids, I edit science fiction for a living. I can’t afford these gadgets. My boss showed me her iPad the other day, but I wasn’t allowed to touch it. :(

We’ll also soon have news about other formats and other titles as we bring out ebooks. Mostly, it’s just a matter of contracts, but there are some amusing technical challenges. Check out the first page of Harmony:

When the tech person saw this, we got an email asking “On content page – codes appearing in PDF (see attached PDF for ready reference). Please provide the revised PDF for this page or advise.” He thought they were live links, and not just part of the story! When you do get the ebooks though, you can go to our backpage where we advertise our titles and this website, and click directly back to here by tapping your screen.

Anyway, the books look pretty neat, as you can see above. Also, check out the first page for Slum Online:

When we get the exact launch date, I’ll be sure to let you know!

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5 Responses to “Ebooks are coming!”

  1. A Hat says:

    This is super exciting! I was really hoping for ebook versions of many of these books — especially SLUM ONLINE. I hope they make it to the Nook, or to something the Nook can read anyway!

  2. Eric Searleman says:

    Congratulations!

  3. Seth Merlo says:

    Great news! One question though – will these titles be available to readers outside the US?

  4. Bill Doors says:

    Please publish these in Kindle format as well – I would love to be able to read these with my Amazon device. I read Slum Online about a month ago and loved it – my only gripe was that I couldn’t read it on my Kindle.

  5. nickmamatas says:

    Hi all,

    We should be gearing up for other devices pretty soon. And as we have world English rights to most of our titles, we should also have world English rights for electronic publishing, but I’ll double check that when I am back on the office Monday.


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