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Tuesday
Sep092003

Fare Thee Well, HandHeldCrime

I received an email yesterday from HandHeldCrime, announcing that Jamey Dumas & Victoria Esposito-Shea are going to end their tenure as editors. If you don't know about HandHeldCrime, it's a monthly e-zine of crime fiction and other fiction stories, delivered in both Palm DOC format and via their AvantGo channel.

From HandHeldCrime's 36th issue editorial:

The bad news is that the next issue of HandHeldCrime will be our last. We've thoroughly enjoyed our three years of publishing HandHeldCrime and have many great memories to look back upon. But, as you all have noticed, our time has simply become too scarce to keep this up, and so it is time for the two of us to hang up our hats.

Bummer! I have always felt a kinship with the HandHeldCrime folks, since we both ran e-zines for the Palm and started them around the same time. Of course my Palm Tipsheet was more about Palm OS tips, while HandHeldCrime focused on crime stories. I had a little contact with both Jamey and Victoria when I ran the Tipsheet; they're good people.

On a positive note, HandHeldCrime is open to buyout offers from others who might be interested in taking over their site. Hopefully someone will come along and continue the great service HandHeldCrime provided to e-book readers. It even sounds like they may have already received a few offers from readers, which is good news.

Finally, HandHeldCrime is also offering 9 crime fiction e-books for just $15 until September 15th. If you're into crime fiction, $1.66 per e-book is a pretty darn good deal.

Best wishes to you, Jamey and Victoria for three great years of providing the PDA-using community with your excellent HandHeldCrime e-zine. Best wishes in whatever you both choose to do in the future. We'll miss you greatly.

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