I don’t like to think of myself as the boastful gloating type. But today, I shall wilfully be exactly that.
Because I have an ARC of the new Iain M. Banks ‘Culture’ novel, Matter.
Nothing else matters, indeed.
[I was pipped to the post with my boast by the good Mr Bloomer of Big Dumb Object … but I retain top rank among jammy bastards, because I have the privilege of doing an interview with Banks for an Interzone feature. I believe the appropriate phrase is "get in"!]
Peer-to-peer book sharing
There’s an awful lot of people who’d very much like to be able to read that book rightf*ckingnow. That hunger for fresh material has driven the P2P distribution systems, at least as far as the music industry is concerned, but as yet there’s no easy way to ‘rip’ a book.
Or is there?
Well, obviously there is, or I wouldn’t have laid that obvious bait. Observe! The Atiz BookSnap:
Atiz are calling it the first consumer book-ripper, but that’s a bit of a stretch at over US$1500. But it is the Model-T of things to come; a device that will (with some assistance from you, at least in this instance) convert a book into a digitally scanned PDF file.
I have my own set of opinions about this, which regular readers will doubtless be able to predict quite effectively. But I’d be fascinated to hear the opinions of library staff, publishing staff, bibliophiles and writers about what this will mean to them (and everyone else) in the long term.
First one to mention DRM is a rotten apple. 😉