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Neil Copeland and Kindle

January 7, 2010

That’s a very good question. Blood Red will be available digitally, soon, and I expect it to be available first in Sony-compatible format, through Waterstones. (I’d love to have my work available in downloadable form on Campbell Read Books, but there are lots of things to be sorted before that can happen.) However, if you own a Kindle reader, it will only process volumes that you buy from Amazon. Once a book is digitised by Headline, it’s available to them for adaptation, but it’s down to them to decide when to add it to their library.

So, the most precise answer I can give you is . . . I don’t know.

I’m assuming, Neil, that you have a Kindle. If so, I’d be interested to know how you’re getting on with it. Amazon has put a lot of development money into its reader, but Sony beat it into the marketplace. Then there’s the rumoured Apple tablet, which will do what they do and more, although there’s an application out already that will let you download books on to an iPhone. Indeed, my editor told me this afternoon that he read Alice in Wonderland on his phone over Christmas. Crazy? Confusing? Undoubtedly, but with that sort of variety on the horizon, I’m not sure that Amazon will be able to make the Kindle pay, long-term, unless they find a very creative way of marketing them.

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