Despite Big Gains in 2011, The eBook Age Still Has Some Major Holdouts
via The Associated Press:
During 2011, eBooks grew to about 20 percent of the book-buying market, and that number is expected to rise at a good clip throughout 2012, considering everyone is coming out with a tablet and Amazon is moving a million Kindles a week. (I should know. Just got one!)
Famous holdouts like J.K. Rowling and Ray Bradbury finally made the digital transition, as did classic novels such as Alice Walker's The Color Purple and Joseph Heller's Catch-22. Plus, Mulholland Books is publishing Jim Thompson's entire library in eBook format, which is super exciting.
That being said, there are still a couple of big holdouts--books that have yet to make the big move over to electronic formats:
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. Salinger's agent said no eBook edition is planned.
- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Publisher HarperCollins says talks are ongoing.
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. This is a YA novel that won the National Book Award in 2009. Alexie is concerned about piracy and doesn't like the power Amazon is exerting over independent bookstores.
- Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon. Publisher Penguin Group says there's no eBook in the offing, and Pynchon's agent didn't return a request for comment.
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, who told The Associated Press that it's "not a book. It's a tchotchke. It's a toy." So I guess that means we won't get an interactive iPad version anytime soon.
So there you go. Those are the big holdouts. Does anyone have anything to add? Any books you've tried to load onto your Kindle/iPad/Nook/toaster just to find out that they're unavailable?
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