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  Old Master Ben
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On June 28, 2011, Random House Inc. and Lucasfilm will release the entire backlist library of Star Wars novels published under the Bantam and Del Rey imprints as e-books. There are currently 30 Star Wars titles available, but that number will grow significantly. 106 novels will be downloadable as e-books.

More info here: http://www.eucantina.net/archives/10460


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Sounds as a great way to introduce more people into the EU and make it more accessible to the wider audience. (and thus create some new EU-fans)
For me it won't change a lot. I still like reading paper books best (for several reasons)and already own most of the EU novels, so I don't really need the e-books myself. The novels I don't have yet I'll still buy as actual books.
And that's not just a matter of my prefering reading books over e-books, but it's also that I just love having the collection on my bookshelfs.

I will however check out the extra's:
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• An updated STAR WARS novels timeline
• An introduction to the six major STAR WARS eras: The Old Republic, Rise of the Empire, Rebellion, The New Republic, New Jedi Order, and Legacy
that will be included in the e-books.
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I'm not planning on getting books digitally but if I did this would be the reason. I've stopped buying Star Wars books and only take them out from the library because they take up too much room.
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Wow, we were just about to record a segment on the quasi-debunking of this same idea a while back. Now I'm glad we didn't.

I own a Nook and have the Nook and Kindle apps on my smartphone, but when it comes to Star Wars novels, I collect them, so I won't be going digital.

If anyone out there IS going digital . . . my newest book and the others in that series are on Kindle and Nook. Wink
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eBooks. Heh. Kindles. Heh. A true book lover craves not this things. Wink

Hard copies for me.
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Queen Padmè Skywalker wrote:
eBooks. Heh. Kindles. Heh. A true book lover craves not this things. Wink


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I agree with Queen Padmè Skywalker and Lord Ree'dius. Books have their own smell, feel, personality, unlike the facelessness of digital media. Just something about feeling and turning the pages while sitting/laying in your favorite spot.


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Hard copies. Much as I'd love to have more shelf space, my collection is gorgeous to behold
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Any word on what novels specifically are going ebook?
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Darth_Severity wrote:
I agree with Queen Padmè Skywalker and Lord Ree'dius. Books have their own smell, feel, personality, unlike the facelessness of digital media. Just something about feeling and turning the pages while sitting/laying in your favorite spot.

Definitley. There is nothing like the smell of an old book and curling up in bed with one. Star Wars might be my only exception. Maybe.
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I love the feel of a book, but for convenience sake, I will be buying at least my favorite books as e-books. So much easier to carry around when traveling, at the gym, waiting somewhere etc.

I am really curious about pricing. I would bet we see a three tier structure developed for books released as HC ($13.99), TPB ($7.99), and novellas ($2.99-3.99).

I have a full chart with the place holder pricing data from the RH Smart Archive on my website, but when I went to see of the RHSA had been updated, it looks like the site is down right now. [url] http://lightsaberrattling.blogspot.com/2011/03/star-wars-news-ebooks-and-phantom.html[/url]


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Lord Ree'dius wrote:
Queen Padmè Skywalker wrote:
eBooks. Heh. Kindles. Heh. A true book lover craves not this things. Wink


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At any rate, I can see how having your entire book collection on one platform might be convenient, kind of like mp3 players are. But given the choice, I will always prefer the experience of actually turning a page and seeing how far I've read.
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I actually have read a LOT more in the last year by having a Nook than I had previously with hard copies, and it has allowed me to more conveniently read the really huge stuff like Atlas Shrugged, Patriot's History of the United States, and so forth in a much more user-friendly form.

As an avid reader, the only reason I'd actually switch back from Nook to paper is for the sake of collecting, and I would never have guessed I'd say that a year ago.
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As I said in the collecting forum:

I for one will collect then at some point. I want to get my whole Paperback collection doubled in the ebook format- simply to have it all on hand. But seeing how I personally don't own a kindle (the wife does) until I get my own smart phone nook or kindle I have no rush to get them. Though I have decided that any Hardcover I can get on kindle I WILL. I'm ready to stop buying the hardcovers just to not have to wait a year and pray not be spoiled. I did it with Vortex and was very happy! Granted I had to read it at the PC unless the wife let me borrow her kindle but hey- it beat shelling out $27 for a book I will be buying again in paperback, and I only spent 6.99 on it! So that felt like a win.

But the other side of it is now that all these other books are available I have a stronger desire to get every hardcover on the kindle- since I plan on getting it anyway at some point. So now buying a hardcover seems even stupider for me to do. (Prays all new releases are offered on Kindle as well!!!!!)
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LightsaberRattling wrote:
I love the feel of a book, but for convenience sake, I will be buying at least my favorite books as e-books. So much easier to carry around when traveling, at the gym, waiting somewhere etc.

I am really curious about pricing. I would bet we see a three tier structure developed for books released as HC ($13.99), TPB ($7.99), and novellas ($2.99-3.99).

I have a full chart with the place holder pricing data from the RH Smart Archive on my website, but when I went to see of the RHSA had been updated, it looks like the site is down right now. [url] http://lightsaberrattling.blogspot.com/2011/03/star-wars-news-ebooks-and-phantom.html[/url]


As far as I'm aware, as it is now you don't pay HC prices for any books. Even printed books that are out in HC only format, you still pay paperback prices for the e-book format. As such, I see no reason that they would change that now.

Just to be clear, though, I don't own an ebook reader, and probably won't ever, so my facts are from other sources in the know - EUCast.
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