Jeff VanderMeer asked Robin Sloan:
Is there a favorite book in your library that you'd care to share a personal story about? Whether it's about the circumstances under which you read it or how it affected you? Extra points if it's a book obscure to many readers.
Robin Sloan Well, this isn't quite what you're asking, but I always smile when I look at my copy of LIGHT by M. John Harrison because it has this hugely enthusiastic blurb from Neil Gaiman on the cover that *absolutely sold me on the book*. I'd never heard of Harrison, never heard of LIGHT, but Gaiman's praise was so solid that I thought, "Okay, I need to give this a shot." And it's since become one of my favorite books of all time, and Harrison one of my favorite authors. I always think about this when I hear people talking about blurbs, maybe questioning their effectiveness; they really *do* sell books sometimes, and sometimes they form a bridge to an important reading experience indeed.
More Answered Questions
Cyber Killer asked Robin Sloan:
Would you put your ebooks to some DRM-free store? Currently you sell them in the largest DRM supporters out there - Amazon, B&N, iTunes. I loved Annabel Scheme and would like to get some of your other books, but I won't buy with DRM (plus those stores also refuse to sell ebooks to my country). A good store is e.g. Smashwords - could you sell your ebooks there also?
Mike Wood asked Robin Sloan: