Re: e-publishing fiction

From: Adrian Tymes (
Date: Sat Apr 08 2000 - 13:38:25 MDT

Damien Broderick wrote:
> I'm thinking of trying to replicate the Stephen King stunt, using the new
> unpublished sf novel by me and Rory Barnes.
> There are two big holes in this plan:
> everyone and her dog knows King, nobody's heard of us.
> we don't have the gadgets to allow people to pay for a download.
> The first we can try to work around, but the second is an impossible
> difficulty unless we can get some cyber-savvy help. Anyone here grok this
> kind of programming? Might be best to talk to me off-line, to avoid
> cluttering the list.

That kind of stuff can be purchased these days. I should know: I work
at a place that sells those gadgets as a service.

It's suprising how many things can be bought, if you've got enough money
and know how to find what you're looking for. A growing number of
people have the former, but the latter seems to be sufficiently
difficult that many give it up as impossible for non-common products. I
wonder if that is one of the directions that the 'Net's search engines
will take in the next few years: specializing queries for "how do I
purchase what I want".

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