Read a book! Read a book! Read a m-f-in’ book!

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[1], 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?

[1] I support the Creative Commons and I support Open Standards, and I will gladly pay for an eBook.[2]  This is something publishers are just as slow to understand as the music and movie industries are.

[2] Authors need to eat. I fully support authors eating. Especially the one living in my house.

About Kevin Sonney

Kevin Sonney - who, contrary to popular opinion was NOT raised by wolves - grew up in central North Carolina. He fell into the technology field by accident in 1991, when he gave up the wild and crazy lifestyle of an on-air AM radio DJ to become a mundane technical support monkey. The technology industry has never really recovered from this. Kevin has worked for such names as IBM, Red Hat, webslingerZ, and Lulu Technologies (we won't mention the ones that didn't survive the experience). He currently works as a Linux Administrator for Apptio. In his spare time he rescues stray animals and plays video games with his two sons. His wife, we're sad to say, helps him get past the really hard bits. Kevin is still not very mundane, he just got better at hiding it.
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2 Responses to Read a book! Read a book! Read a m-f-in’ book!

  1. Brandon Sanderson and Peter V. Brett for mainstream. Also, you should read M.C.A. Hogarth’s The Worth of A Shell and her Kherishdar series [http://stardancer.org/writing.html]

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