I know a lot of folks were disappointed that The Fiddler’s Gun: Letters was kept to a print run of only 100 copies. To be honest, I didn’t expect to enjoy the project as much as I did. It took on a life of its own during the writing, providing a couple of fun story arcs and what was, for me as a writer, an enjoyable way of getting to learn more about my characters and explore their lives in ways that didn’t make sense within the context of the novel. What I was left with in the end was a little book that I really loved but had, unfortunately, committed to a limited printing of only a hundred. Well, I told myself, I’ll release the digital version a little later and folks can read it that way. One of my prime complaints against digital books, however, is that they require a certain sterility of design due to the limitations of the software and hardware that they are read on. It is true that the final worth of a book is found in its writing, in its words, and that’s not something that’s significantly altered by a font or a page margin. I really felt though, that part of the charm of The Fiddler’s Gun: Letters was in its design. The design help set the light-hearted tone of the book, distinguishing it from the more serious voice of the novel. That, taken in concert with the epistolary nature of the text, resulted in a book that I felt was improved significantly by its design. The more I thought about it, the more I began to dislike the idea of reducing it to sterile ebook format.
So now I’ve decided to make it available as a PDF. The PDF format does not translate well to many ebook readers (such as the Kindle) but the book can be viewed in it’s originally intended design on any computer. While, the book will still be readable on most ebook devices, the fonts and spacings will, I’m sure, go wonky in spots. I’m okay with that. It looks great on an iPad, it looks great on a computer screen. The design is preserved for those who appreciate such things and the words themselves, of course, will read as well in any form or font.
The digital book is available at the Rabbit Room Store and includes an excerpt from the forthcoming conclusion to Fin’s story, The Fiddler’s Green. Enjoy, and thanks for reading.