I took the plunge today and purchased a few titles from eReader.com to test out my iPod touch as an ebook reader.  I’m hoping that in a small way the touch might help me out in reducing the number of physical books I own.

As a sample I purchased the January and February issues of Asimov’s Science Fiction as well as the January – Febrauary 2009 edition of Analog Science Fiction and Fact.  It’s been a while since I’ve picked up either of these titles at my local newsagent so I thought they would be good titles to test out the device.

Asimov's Science Fiction January 2009 Asimov's Science Fiction February 2009 Analog Science Fiction and Fact, January / February 2009

Also, in keeping with my 100 Books… project, I purchased a copy of the first book in the Christian Jacq ‘Ramses’ series, The Son of the Light.

Son of the Light

If your already an iPhone or iPod touch owner you may have noticed a plethora of ebook applications (including those only including stand alone titles) in the App Store.  Over the coming weeks I’ll be testing a few of these out.

In order to read these titles on the iPhone you need to download a copy of the free eReader application.  Once downloaded they can only be viewed with this reader – either on the iPhone itself or on your computer of choice.

Downloading the titles to your iPhone can be done directly through the application…or you can purchase titles while browsing on your computer and download them directly from your iPhone at a later time.

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A few weeks before Christmas I was lucky enough to win an auction on eBay for 400 second-hand Science-Fiction and Fantasy paperbacks…all for the magic price of AU$50.

At the time I thought it was a bargain, however on getting the books home I soon realised that the collection had previously shared a residence with a smoker, with the second hand smoke of many a cigarette strongly evident as I unpacked my winnings from their boxes.

I’m fairly particular with how I keep my books and I absolutely hate getting them soiled or damaged in any way. Many people who see my shelves ask me if I’ve even read half the titles as they still look new, with no dog ears, no cracked spines, no pen / pencil marks and definitely no greasy fingerprints on the covers. So you can probably imagine my disappointment being confronted with the strong smell of spent tobacco on each and every book.

Despite the fact that they are aflicted with a condition that will prevent them from ever joining my library as part of the permanent collection, they should certainly give me a good year or two of disposable reading with the auction containing a majority of titles I have never read before.

All in all, at 13 cents a book I suppose I shouldn’t really worry or complain about it too much.

I noted in an earlier entry on ‘cultnation’ that I had started reading the classic Science Fiction trilogy ‘Deathworld’ by Harry Harrison. I’ve now finished the three books and I have to say they were an enjoyable read despite the fact that I normally prefer a heavier science to fiction ratio in my Sci-Fi. Perhaps it was Harry Harrison’s ability to describe the concepts under discussion in such a clear way that had this effect on me. In saying this, I’d suggest that if you not into ‘heavy’ Sci-Fi then this is probably a series you’ll enjoy

Deathworld 1, Harry Harrison Deathworld 2, Harry Harrison Deathworld 3, Harry Harrison

I won’t get into the storyline of these novels other than to say that ‘Deathworld’ is about a hero who through a series of events finds himself on planets that are hostile (in an extreme sense) to the human race. If you’d like further information on the series, which interestingly continues after these 3 titles but only in Russian, you will probably find the following links helpful.

Yesterday I briefly mentioned that I had received a new shipment of Sci-Fi Pulps from an auction I had won on ebay. As promised I’ve scanned a few of the fantastic covers which are part of the reason I collect these old titles.

Scanning is not one of my technical skills, so you’ll have to forgive the quality in some of the following examples.

Other Worlds Science Stories, May 1951

Other Worlds Science Stories May 1951

lol…yes, that cover is as strikingly pink in real life as it appears on your screen.

The remainder of the scans I’ve included as thumbnails to speed the page up a little, so by all means click on any to view the full size image if you want to see more.

Other Worlds Science Stories, May 1950

Other Worlds Science Fiction May 1950

Other Worlds Science Stories, October 1950

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Other Worlds Science Stories, January 1951

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Other Worlds Science Stories, March 1952

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Other Worlds Science Stories, April 1952

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I hope you enjoyed the step back in time looking into the future…hehe. I might make this a regular feature of the blog as I add more old pulps to my collection.