Books I Wish Were Available on Kindle

Now that I've bitten the bullet and become a firm believer in electronic readers, I am growing my e-book library and maybe someday it will match the enormity of my printed book collection.  I am shocked, however, that some bestselling books are still not available in Kindle editions.  As of this writing, August 6 , 2010, the following books are not available in electronic form.

Harry Potter - The books that "made kids read again," the saga that sparked a multi-media empire with movies, games, tribute bands, and amusement parks, is absent from the Kindle store on Amazon.com.  Hopefully J.K. Rowling will fix this travesty soon and bring the story that is beloved by all ages to the Kindle.

Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man - Irony of ironies that this seminal work in media theory by Marshall McLuhan is only available in print and not as an electronic version.  The medium is the message indeed, and e-books are getting short shrift here.

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay - My sister and a bunch of other friends have high praise for this novel by Michael Chabon.  Unfortunately, I decided to wait for the Kindle Edition.  I hope it's not a long wait.  What's the hold up?

The Vampire Archives - Edited by Otto Penzler, this seems to be a great compendium of tales about undead bloodsuckers, but I wouldn't know because it's not available on the Kindle. 

A Game of Inches: The Stories Behind the Innovations That Shaped Baseball - I love the National Pastime, and this tome by Peter Morris grabbed my attention right away.  But alas, for now, it's only available in print.

Vanity Fair's Presidential Profiles - I really want to read this collection of essays about each of the Presidents of the United States, edited by Graydon Carter.  I refuse to hunt down the Vanity Fair magazine backissues in which they originally appeared and I refuse to buy the paperback or hardcover editions.  I'll wait for the Kindle version, thank you very much.

The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction - I'm a sucker for anything that's speculative fiction, and this anthology of classics over the century, edited by Arthur B. Evans and others, seems like solid gold, but you know the drill, if it's not on Kindle, I'll wait.

Hopefully the day will come when all print material is also available electronically.  It will save space, trees, and be a lot easier to carry around.  Until then, I'm queuing up a long list of books that I want to read on my Kindle but still are not available in e-book form.  Hopefully publishers will wise up and give their customers what they want.

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