Harder To Burn This Way

What? Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 couldn’t be purchased in electronic format ‘til last month? Ah, but let’s remember who we’re talking about. Ray Bradbury loves libraries filled with words on paper, and once said e-books “smell like burned fuel.”

However, agent, Michael Congdon says he explained to Bradbury that his book rights were expiring and a new contract would be impossible without allowing for e-books, which yield an estimated 20 percent of total sales.

I guess Ray thereupon decided to hold his nose with one hand and sign with the other.

[Thanks to John King Tarpinian for the story.]

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