ebooks vs dead tree – The Republic of Thieves

It was with some excitement that I spotted this tweet earlier

The Republic of Thieves! The third and oh-so-long-awaited book in Scott Lynch’s utterly brilliant Gentlemen Bastard Sequence. I’d read the first two (The Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas Under Red Skies) many years ago and was thrilled to hear that Scott had written another book. I’d pre-ordered the Kindle version months and months ago.

However, this was a chance to get a copy early (ok, only a day early, but even so…)

I dashed off down to Waterstone’s, up to the first floor science fiction/fantasy section. There it was, as promised in the tweet. I picked it up, read the blurb and had actually got as far as getting my wallet out…

I put it back down.

It’s a big, beefy, 600+ page hardback book. And thus, it’s heavy.

Whilst I absolutely adore the joy of The New Book, and nothing quite beats The New Book Smell, I know that I’d end up carting it around in my bag for a couple of weeks.

The Kindle version? Weighs nothing. Slightly cheaper too, though I’d happily pay full price for it.

And, when it’s finished, the hardback would just live on my shelves, gathering dust. The ebook will sit on my kindle, alongside the ebooks of Locke Lamora and Red Seas. I’d borrowed both off a friend, but bought the ebook later for re-reading.

Looks like my digital shelves will be getting another book.

And if you’ve not read the adventures of Locke Lamora, get cracking! It’s fantastic!