Scalzi on Nook
Over on Twitter, I’m asked if my books will be available on the Nook, Barnes & Noble’s new eBook reader. My answer: It appears so. A cursory glance at the B&N eBook site reveals four of my books as well as the New Space Opera 2 anthology being available, and the technical specs of the thing say it supports EPUB and eReader formats as well as PDF, so if you have eBooks of mine in those formats I suppose they should work for you, although I’ll hedge in noting I have no idea if whatever DRM might be on your eBook purchases will conflict with the Nook itself. Really, these things aren’t up to me.
Also not up to me: B&N eBook store pricing, DRM (if any) on your purchases at B&N or anywhere else, or anything relating to the technical or distribution side of any of this. Folks, I just write the books, I don’t market them. That’s what I have publishers for. If you have kvetches of that stripe, take it up with them, or with B&N.
As to my thoughts on the Nook, I have none of note at the moment, as I’ve not played with it. Cursorily, I think it looks nice, and I like that it has native PDF support, but other than that I’m not qualified to say. I will say that I’m not at all likely to regularly purchase books electronically until I can get them without DRM. I’m sort of constitutionally opposed to not actually owning the things I buy. Call me crazy on that.