Thursday, August 21, 2008

Neptune Crossing — Free Download!

I finished it today! You can now go to my web site and download a free ebook of Neptune Crossing, in any of several digital formats! I've got html, MobiPocket (Kindle and Pocket PC and others), and eReader (Palm and Pocket PC) formats up now, and expect to add PDF in a day or so. I may add Microsoft Reader and Sony ebook formats, but I don't know how much demand there is for them. Maybe I'll come back to that after I get the next books up.

It's been a real bear. First getting all the copy-edits typed in (my daughter helped with that). Then fixing the formatting; the original files were in WordStar for DOS, and the conversion to Word left some problems. Oy—the formatting. A nightmare. But I finally managed it. I have the Mobi and eReader versions on my own PDA right now, and they look good.

I'm finding that I enjoy reading on my PDA, more and more. I have about 50 books on there right now, and I can read it in bed in the dark without waking my wife. (With the font set at largest, I can just read without my glasses!) I'm rereading some old favorites from when I was a kid—some Tom Corbett and Andre Norton. But I've also got a bunch of classics, ranging from The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire to The Call of the Wild to the Bible, for when I want something different. I'm a convert to ebooks!

Anyway, come and download Neptune Crossing, and tell your friends! Free books!! Help me out and pass the word!

"You'll never make much money writing books like that. But the very best people will come to your funeral." —said to Edgar Pangborn, as told by D.G. Compton

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At 4:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is really great news!!
I've already read all of the Chaos Chronicles books in german some years ago, but I will definitely read this one again in the original version on my pda ;)
And I have to say that reading books on a pda is really not that bad, I´m finding the same advantages as you do! I mean, not getting close to a real book, but in some ways an enjoyable alternative (as for free books for example!).

At 11:34 AM, Blogger Charlza said...

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Congrats on the free eBook!

I have really got to get back into the Roman Empire. I was drawn in after reading a number of Stephen Baxter's hard science fiction novels and even more so when I visited Rome and Venice a few years ago.

At 3:21 AM, Blogger Jeffrey A. Carver said...

First time in German, then in English -- I'd be interested in whether you get the same feel of the book in both languages. My knowledge of German is infinitesimal, despite taking it for two years, so I couldn't judge the German editions at all.

I haven't read enough of Stephen Baxter to know the Roman connection. But I do have some of his stuff here on my (paper) to-read pile.


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