Archive for June, 2009

June 3, 2009

Sherman Alexie Takes a Meeting

Sherman Alexie–who is on Amazon’s list (probably, you know, somewhere at the top of the list) of *most-requested* authors whose fiction is not available electronically–has generously agreed to meet with Amazon officials and listen while they beg him to reconsider.

June 2, 2009

Two Questions for Sherman Alexie

From today’s NYTimes: “At a panel of authors speaking mainly to independent booksellers, Sherman Alexie, the National Book Award-winning author of ‘The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,’ said he refused to allow his novels to be made available in digital form. He called the expensive reading devices ‘elitist’ and declared that when he saw a woman sitting on the plane with a Kindle on his flight to New York, ‘I wanted to hit her.'”

What I would like to ask Sherman Alexie today:

1. Did you have an iPod, iPhone or laptop on you at the time that you found yourself wanting to hit the woman using her $359 Kindle?

What I would like to ask him ten years from now:

2. Still refusing to let publishers put your books in digital form?


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