Ever wanted to read some classic Science Fiction yet been unable to find a copy of your favourite author’s work? I myself have been fruitlessly looking for a copy of E. E. “Doc” Smith’sLensmenseries for a while now. Or, say you’re a fan of Murray Leinster. His works are out there, but few and far between.
Well, someone’s decided to make sure that visions of future past don’t disappear into history. The good people over atengadgethave a nice little profile of a bookstore in New York (Brooklyn to be specific) whose proprietors have dedicated themselves to bringing lost and out of copyright Science Fiction back into the mainstream.
Singularity&Co. is a team of time traveling archivists longing for futures past.
Each month, our subscribers help us choose a vintage, out of print scifi book to rescue (with the rightsholders’ permission). We’re bringing forgotten 20th century scifi into the 21st.
They’ve dedicated themselves to scanning rare and classic Science Fiction books into a digital format and then releasing them as ebooks. If you’re an aficionado of classic SciFi, these are the people to watch!
As of Monday December 6, 2010, Google has announced their plans to become the foremost provider of digital books in direct competition with Amazon.com. With access to over 3 million current and out of copyright titles, they’re set to make them available (for a price) in a customer’s personal e-library (much like Amazon) and easily read on any internet ready device, whether it be phone, computer or ipod. Surprisingly (?), while their titles will be compatible with most ereaders…the Amazon Kindle is not one of them.
So, what does this mean for your average eReader? More access to out of print books? More variety in how they view these tomes? More savings when choosing your next ebook?