If there’s one thing getting the iPad did for me, it got me reading again. Not that I wasn’t reading books before I got the iPad, but it was all tech manuals, philosophical, or reference stuff. What the iPad brought me back to was recreational reading, crap fiction, sci-fi, and the like.
There is one problem that I’m having. Finding eBooks that aren’t new releases or best sellers or blockbusters or whatever can be a pain in the ass. Publishers are jumping on the bandwagon post-haste with most new releases on Kindle and iBooks available the same day as a hardback or paperback release. Which is cool. Apple and Amazon already carry most of Project Gutenberg‘s archives (and what they don’t I can get directly from PG). I’ve found the Baen Free Library, where some fantastic stuff is available for download as ePub (my format of choice, thanks). I’ve read most of the Creative Commons works by Corey Doctorow and Mur Lafferty now (and if you haven’t, you should).
And then things seem to just…drop off.
I’ve dug on the search engines, skimmed forums, gone to every small publisher site I can find, and I have a question: Where do I find GOOD ebooks? Where are the hordes of books I’ve heard tell are out there?
Who are you reading these days, and if it’s an eBook or Creative Commons work, where are you FINDING them? Where are the new, up-and-coming, unknowns? Where are the Corey Doctorows and the Mur Laffertys? What am I missing?
 I support the Creative Commons and I support Open Standards, and I will gladly pay for an eBook. This is something publishers are just as slow to understand as the music and movie industries are.
 Authors need to eat. I fully support authors eating. Especially the one living in my house.