Little Brother UK edition signed!

My novel Little Brother has just come out in the UK, a month ahead of schedule (Waterstone's, the book-store chain, wanted it as a featured title, but their slot was in October, not November). This is fabulous news, of course, but it does mean that I'm not around to do signings and events right away (I got married on Sunday night and am now on my honeymoon -- this was written in advance and automatically posted!). Still, I wanted to make sure that there were signed copies available right away for collector/fans who didn't want to have to choose between getting a copy now and waiting for a month to get a signed one.

So last week, before leaving for the wedding, I popped into the HarperCollins offices in London and signed a stack of 500 copies of Little Brother that are now on sale through Play.com. It's only while supplies last, natch, so act now! Little Brother UK edition signed

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  1. congrats again Cory!

    Here’s a thought: as the inevitable progresses and dead tree books give way to to an all e-book format society, what will take the place of the autograph?
    I think people will still want the tangible, physical relation to a creator that autographs currently give, but I do wonder what innovation will replace the ink-to-paper tradition?

  2. “as the inevitable progresses and dead tree books give way to to an all e-book format society”

    Oh HELL NO.

    E-books are horrible. HORRIBLE. I hope if that ever does happen its long after i’m dead.

    Annnd congrats Cory.

  3. E-books are horrible. HORRIBLE. I hope if that ever does happen its long after i’m dead.

    Any more details why they’re horrible?

    Sure, current-generation e-books (and e-book readers) are bad to horrible. However, most of the complaints are simply matter of technological improvement – once you get a waterproof 600dpi (or 1200dpi) screen with good contrast and good battery life, what more is missing?

    (For autographs, I suspect the codex form will survive a little longer; you probably do want a physical artefact if you’re a fan or a collector.)

  4. Oh no I already ordered a copy using the link in the emails Cory sent out (same as in the psot above) and it looks like it’s a non-signed copy :( Not sure whether to order another or wait and see if the one I ordered arrives signed. Oh what to do, what to do…

  5. One can clearly see in Cory’s postings about LB why the book publishing industry has shifted so heavily towards “Platform Authors” and away from unknown startups. It’s a great business decision – why pay the outrageous ad rates of Federated Media (the company that served BB’s ads) when you can have much better ads posted by the author himself, nonstop, for free?

    I say this without judgement. It’s not like I’m a bitter author who can’t get published; more power to Cory! It’s just interesting to see Cory as a case study for this industry trend.

  6. once you get a waterproof 600dpi (or 1200dpi) screen with good contrast and good battery life, what more is missing?

    The smell, the feel, the memories ; not depending on an ever obsolescent piece of technology ; not paying for an overpriced electronic books, like the CDs are still overpriced.

  7. I’m confused – I bought Little Brother from Borders on Oxford Street about a month ago. Is it just the signed version that’s out today?

  8. well done cory!

    just ordered your book to read whilst on me hols, will it be signed version from play.com? i’m confused.com? which dosn’t take much :)

  9. “as the inevitable progresses and dead tree books give way to to an all e-book format society”

    Oh HELL NO.

    I don’t think you need to worry, Talia. There are way too many irrevocable ‘solid’ book lovers out there. Nothing like the touch and feel and also owning the books you love and having them sit in colourful rows on a tall bookshelf. *YUM*

    And congratulations, Cory :)

  10. Here’s my solution for those who like ebooks and would like stuff signed:

    Cory bungs the ebook(s) on something like an SD card, a USB drive or even a floppy disc if the book would fit and signs that. Then he flogs it to the happy punters.

  11. Not to take this thread too far off track, but in regards to electronic books, I am neutral. As a writer and avid reader, I love so many aspects of books: the feel of one in the hand, the cover design, the smell of the paper, etc. However, I can see the appeal of ebooks and readers. There is something nice about being able to carry multiple books while on travel or commuting by train (as I do) and not having all that weight on you. Price definitely needs to drop though…anywho, congrats Cory. I just got married 3 months ago and its a beautiful and wonderful life changing experience.

  12. About Ebooks:

    To me, reading is about the content, not about the medium on which it is displayed. If the book isn’t good enough to take your attention away from what it is displayed on, it isn’t good enough to read in the first place. I’ve been a reader all my life– have rooms full of books. But I couldn’t care less how a book “feels” or “smells”. The only books that, to me, demand a physical copy are ones that rely on illustrations. In the past few years, I’ve read literally hundreds of books (fiction and non-fiction) on antique Handspring Visor PDAs (available on Ebay for a pittance– I have around 10 of them, plus many spare parts, that I’ve stocked up on over the years when I find a particularly good deal).

  13. There isn’t room in this world for both traditional print and e-readers?!! I feel like that’s one thing that’s hampering the evolution of electronic portable text, the idea that for one to survive, the other must die, and that’s simply not true both from a cultural and business point of view.

    Also, more importantly, congrats on the marriage, Mr. Doctorow.

  14. I tried to order a copy, unfortunately it cannot be shipped outside UK. :( :( :(
    I live in Italy and I would like to order a signed copy of that book. I am not interested in “free shipping”, I am willing to pay the proper shipping fee.

  15. Little Brother is a great book, and I cannot recommend it enough. So I never stop recommending it. Problem solved.

  16. There isn’t room in this world for both traditional print and e-readers?!! I feel like that’s one thing that’s hampering the evolution of electronic portable text, the idea that for one to survive, the other must die, and that’s simply not true both from a cultural and business point of view.

    Totally agreed. I myself am not against e-books. I just would hate to see books disappear or be less available because of e-books. As I said before however, I am not too worried.

    I think some fear that books could suffer the same fate as the music media and become dependant on the whim and planned obsolence of technology. And that would really suck.

    1. Casual web browsing doesn’t bother me. Trying to actually read a book on a monitor makes my eyes bleed mucus, no exaggeration. They’re going to have to come up with much better technology before I give up the dead trees.

  17. @Antinous: I bought an eBook reader with ePaper, a Cybook Gen3. I read many Cory’s stories on that device.

  18. “Casual web browsing doesn’t bother me. Trying to actually read a book on a monitor makes my eyes bleed mucus, no exaggeration. They’re going to have to come up with much better technology before I give up the dead trees.”

    The false analogy here is equating e-books to computer monitors. E-paper based readers display information by the reader recognizing contrast differences between text and background via light reflected from a surface (just like dead tree books) not by light transmitted through phosphors or liquid crystals or such.

    As I mentioned before, I use Handspring Visors as e-book readers. Monochrome, reflective display (a text-only dead-tree book is a monochrome, reflective display). Holds a dozen or more full-length novels in it’s on-board 8 MB (plus I have a 256 MB CompactFlash adapter in it). I take it with me anywhere and everywhere I go, since it is small enough to easily fit in a pocket. So I always have something to read given a moment’s inactivity. Runs for days and days of use off of a pair of AAA batteries. And, if the need arises, has an electroluminescent backlight that can be switched on for reading in the dark (that was useful during around a week of power outage during an ice storm). I prefer dead-tree editions for reference-style non-fiction books, art books, and anthologies/collections of fiction, but for novels, I prefer e-book versions over dead-tree ones.

  19. Ach, and I just bought one from my local Waterstones. Ah well, I suppose it’s the content rather than the crest I’ll enjoy.

  20. I spend all day looking at a screen for work. I dont want to spend my reading time staring at a screen, even if its different from a computer screen It doesnt do it for me. I need that physical book with pages to turn.

    I think I hate the kindle & it’s ilk just on the principle of the thing.

  21. Would it be very very bad if you dropped your Kindle in the bathtub? It is bad enough when you accidentally dunk one of those paper made books.

  22. Talia:

    “I think I hate the kindle & it’s ilk just on the principle of the thing.”

    Would it help if it had “Don’t Panic” printed on the cover in large, friendly letters?

    Not to belabor a point, but I’m curious what genre(s) you read? Because I’m a life-long science fiction reader (and watcher) and e-books are something I’ve been lusting after for most of my life– the HHGTTG, the ST:TNG PADD, the Earth: Final Conflict “Global”. I’ve been looking forward to electronic paper more than flying cars.

    What I’ve envisioned years back was something with a flexible display that rolls into a tube (around the size of a fat marker). Pull the screen out to read (supported by, maybe, something like “snap bracelet” technology). The “pen” part contains the electronics, the AAA battery, and the navigation buttons. The display rolls out into maybe around the size of a page of a paperback novel, and displays text and greyscale graphics (color and motion would be a plus, but I could live without it). Give me one of those, and you can keep your flying cars. Everything needed to make this is close to ready for market, it is just a matter of pulling it all together– this is the closest I’ve seen, but still too bulky:
    http://www.technovelgy.com/ct/Science-Fiction-News.asp?NewsNum=1410

  23. Ack! Late again!
    So…

    Belated congrats!

    I’m not much of a reader (limited time), but started the hobby again after reading Overclocked.
    Recently bought a stack of books from the US (good ol’ Amazon).
    Which ‘Little Brother’ was in hardback form (preferred).

    Wow! Is all I can say!

    Just started ‘Someone comes to town…’, but really just want to re-read LB again.

    Only gripe… the mobile phone charge – surely only an offense if reported/proven?

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