'Fahrenheit 451' Finally Published As An eBook
Via The Associated Press:
Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury's novel about a dystopian future where books are banned and burned, has been released as an eBook.
Is this a paradox? Maybe!
Simon & Schuster released it yesterday at the industry-standard price of $9.99 after getting Bradbury's blessing. It probably wasn't easy. From the AP:
Bradbury himself has been an emphatic defender of traditional paper texts, saying that eBooks "smell like burned fuel" and calling the Internet nothing but "a big distraction."
"It's meaningless; it's not real," he told The New York Times in 2009. "It's in the air somewhere."
Bradbury hasn't commented on the story yet, but his agent, Michael Congdon, said the rights for the book were expiring, and given the reach of the digital market, a "new contract wouldn't be possible without eBook rights." Congdon said Bradbury understood and gave his blessing.
Fahrenheit 451 was first published by Ballantine in 1953, and then as a hardcover by Simon & Schuster in the 1960s. It's sold more that 10 million copies, and is my most favorite novel of all time. I own two editions but I'm going to buy the eBook on principle. Reading this book on my iPad will probably tear a hole in the space-time continuum.
For those of you unfamiliar with the story, I'm not going to summarize it. Go read it right now. It's brilliant.
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