Flash! We’ve read our last Stephanie Plum
Well, this was disappointing news!
According to this
Janet Evanovich is going to leave her current publisher, St. Martin’s, and go back to Random House.
Why is that disappointing?
Random House blocks text-to-speech, Macmillan, St. Martin’s parent, does not.
My Significant Other (SO) and I don’t knowingly buy books from publishers that block text-to-speech access.
My SO has read all of the Stephanie Plum books. Since we got the Kindle, I’ve gotten into them. Why not, when we can both read them for one purchase price…at the same time.
We both finished Sizzling Sixteen already. I listened to quite a bit of it in the car through text-to-speech, sight-read other parts of it. My SO has a Kindle 1, so no TTS.
My guess is that Janet Evanovich didn’t take TTS into account when she decided to make the switch…which is too bad. I’d rather think that she was unaware of the issue than that she chose to ignore it. I hope if St Martin’s was aware of the “wooing”, that they’d push the TTS to their authors, but perhaps they didn’t.
There’s a movie version in the works (with Katherine Heigl…you can see more of the cast at that link), which should heighten interest. It’s unfortunate that it will reach a wider audience through the movies at the same time that future books will be less conveniently available.
The ideal solution to this for us? Random House reverses its decision to block text-to-speech access. I’ve got a number of books I’d buy in that case.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.