How Michael Pietsch Explained E-Books to Pete Hamill

Pete Hamill’s new book comes out this fall, and according to The Times, it will be Little, Brown’s “first straight-to-e-book venture.” But before the 75-year-old journalist became a digital pioneer, he was not so well acquainted with the whole “e-reader” concept. Little, Brown publisher Michael Pietsch helped clear things up:

“He said, ‘Let me come in and see an e-book,’ ” Mr. Pietsch said, chuckling. “God love him, Pete said yes before he even saw a device.”

When Mr. Hamill arrived at Little, Brown, Mr. Pietsch spread out an assortment of electronics — iPad, iPhone, Kindle and Sony Reader, all of which he carries with him every day — for Mr. Hamill to inspect.

Evidently, the inspection proved satisfactory: Hamill is now looking to buy an e-reader of his own. Still, he says, they are “strange objects.”

How Michael Pietsch Explained E-Books to Pete Hamill