June 2, 2014

Brandon Sanderson: The ebook Author

I am a great fan of books. I of course enjoy reading, but I'm referring to the actual books themselves. However, I do enjoy and appreciate ereaders. For me, as I've mentioned before, they come in handy when a print edition is out of print (or otherwise very hard to find), and I dislike the $10 mass market paperbacks. They are too cheaply made, the font is often smooshed, and often times too thick and wide. Had ereaders existed way back when I was buying the Wheel of Time series, I'd most likely had gotten them as ebooks, as they are many and they are large.
This brings me to Brandon Sanderson.
Brandon Sanderson is an author whom I greatly admire in both reading and writing standpoints. The others being George R.R. Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, Stephen King, and a few others (Neil Gaiman, J.R.R. Tolkien, Bernard Cornwell, Ken Follett, J.K. Rowling, Daniel abraham, Chalres Dickens, Alexandre Dumas....) Brandon has a great interaction with his fans in regards to his writings.
At the very least, sample chapters of his books get posted. Once in a while, he'll post other interesting tidbits.
For example, if you venture to http://brandonsanderson.com/ and explore, you'll see there's some sample chapters, deleted scenes and even earlier drafts of some books available to download for free. What I did was make documents of these, and convert the file (.pdf or epub) so it can be read on my ereader. Also, the fact that his Stormlight series is projected at about 10 books long, and each one is about 900-1000 pages in hardback. Knowing this beforehand, I know it will take up a decent amount of shelf space, so I opted for ebooks about half the price of the hardback and available that same day. 
It seems like Brandon Sanderson is quite in touch with the modern world and is using technology to help him as an author, as well as to help give fans a little bit extra. Also, he is writing at a point where technology allows itself to become a tool in his hands, and he is realizing and utilizing its potential.
I still love print books, and will continue to buy them, but there are certain titles I want as ebooks, and Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight (and beyond...?) are among those.
To discover this magnificent epic, head here: http://brandonsanderson.com/books/the-stormlight-archive/the-way-of-kings/ .
Head here for "sample chapters, complete stories and a novel, deleted scenes, and more. Bonus content is added frequently, so check back often!" http://brandonsanderson.com/library/
Other epic stories (not by Sanderson) you may not have heard of worth checking out are Gardens of the Moon, The Dragon's Path and The Name of the Wind.

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