Today is the 10th anniversary of the iPod; did you know that? I remember when the iPod was launched, sitting there admiring how utterly usable it looked, and shaking my head in dismay because Apple had priced it so high and limited its connectivity options to Mac users. It would never fly. Apple was probably doomed, the fools.
Yeah, well, anyway.
To celebrate the occasion, I’ve made use of Blurb’s new eBook publishing feature, and several GameSpite books are now available in eBook/iBook format. Unfortunately, at the moment the company only offers an eBook option for publications created in their absolutely wretched Java-based BookSmart application, which I dropped like a hot potato the second they began offering a PDF-based workflow. So I am only able to offer the first four books we published in eBook format for now. I do apologize for that, but it’s all we can do for the moment. (Yes, we could offer eBooks directly, but I would really prefer to go through Blurb for this, since they manage distribution and — more importantly — ISBN assignments. So that’s that.)
If you are interested in adding GameSpite’s earliest books to your eBook library, here are the relevant links. I tried to make them affordable. Five bucks seems pretty reasonable for books ranging anywhere from 200-350 pages, I think. Please note that only the deluxe editions are available as eBooks — the difference in length of the older print books was a cost-cutting measure, but there’s no need for such compromises in electronic format and it would be idiotic to offer less comprehensive versions of the content when the material cost is the same either way, don’t you think? Please note that Blurb formats these for iPad by default, so they may look pretty terrible on any other device.
- GameSpite Year One, Vol. 1
- GameSpite Quarterly 1 (Game Boy’s 20th Anniversary)
- GameSpite Quarterly 2 (The Greatest* Games of All Time)
- GameSpite Quarterly 3 (Encyclopedia of 8-Bit Heroes)
Edit: The formatting on these kind of sucks thanks to Blurb’s super-crappy conversion process. Please be aware that these are inexplicably designated by the system for landscape viewing rather than the more intuitive portrait format. Blurb kind of sucks these days. We’ll probably be moving to Lulu or an alternate competitor soon.