Availability of books on Kindle
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Creating an eBook isn't just a case of running a treeware text through OCR (optical character recognition) software and then selling the result. OCR produces a lot of glitches, so the electronic file has to be very carefully proofread and edited. Even beyond that is the issue of getting good digital formatting that includes a table of contents and the like.
Even when a book is already available in digitized format (for example, a Word file that the author has submitted to the publisher), it still won't necessarily be good enough in raw format. Also, a lot of proofing and editing occurs between the first submission of a Word file and its final publication in treeware form, and as I understand it, many of these editorial changes aren't necessarily incorporated into the original digital file (though someone more informed on publishing than I am might want to address this).
eBook publication requires some definite effort if the publisher's going to get a quality product into the Kindle Store (or Nook, or wherever). Unless there's a real market out there, it may not be worthwhile economically, and reputable publishers don't want to put out a slapdash job that will damage their overall reputations.
But anyway, as I've noted above from the Elizabeth Taylor example, there are at least some Virago eBooks available. Maybe Elizabeth Taylor is a special case, and Virago's put the extra effort into her for her centennial, but at least they're getting started.
Eventually they will all be converted, I believe, but it will take time.
Swallows and Amazons (published 1930)
Peter Duck (1932)
Winter Holiday (1933)
Coot Club (1934)
Pigeon Post (1936)
We Didn't Mean To Go To Sea (1937)
Secret Water (1939)
The Big Six (1940)
Missee Lee (1941)
The Picts And The Martyrs: or Not Welcome At All (1943)
Great Northern? (1947)
All of these titles are available as Kindle editions from Amazon.com.
Doesn't happen often but you never know.
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