At Amazon: Michael Phillips on the Necessity of E-Books

Jeff VanderMeer • June 25th, 2008 @ 1:02 pm • Culture

My interview with Michael Phillips about e-books and fiction generally. He’s definitely a fan of the darker stuff, whether dark fantasy or dark mainstream. Phillips has a physical disability and has to use e-books, so he has a somewhat unique perspective.

Excerpt: Are there any books you can’t get in e-book form? Which ones are on the top of your wish list?
Michael Phillips: Too many. Michael Cisco, for instance, is a brilliant writer, but none of his stuff is available. I’d love to read Steven R. Donaldson, but he’s not available either. Even the Harry Potter series isn’t available. Sometimes audio books fill in the gaps, but they’re not always available either, or they’re abridged. Also, hearing an audio book just isn’t the same as reading the written word. Words and paragraphs paint their own pictures, written text has a certain beauty.

3 Responses to “At Amazon: Michael Phillips on the Necessity of E-Books”

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    I’ve always though so, too. Unless I’m in my car, I can’t really stay focussed on audio books. Maybe I’m too ADD or something. Or maybe the visual stimuli helps to keep me focussed. I don’t have any trouble with movies.

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