A couple of months ago I told a friend that I would never buy a Kindle. I love that new book smell, the course texture of the paper and being able to bend the pages over if I want to. I can crease the spine and no-one can stop me. It’s my book. A cold, hard piece of technology could not replace that.
Earlier this week my Kindle arrived. So what changed?
It really is that simple. I discovered this strange and wonderful new world inhabited by other writers who have written short stories and novels. Many have gone the e-book route into publishing, so I can’t go into a book shop and buy their work. They sound interesting and I want to read them. It’s their fault really.
I’ve mentioned before (you can go back and check) that I’ve joined a writing group from my Open University Creative Writing course. The very talented Craig Hallam produced an e-book of his short stories. Now, I’ve read a number of his other stories and wanted to get this book but I needed something to read it on.
I know, I know. I could just download it and read it on my PC. I have an iPhone so I could download it for that. Did I need to buy an e-reader?
Yes, I did.
I don’t like reading too much on my PC. When I’m writing I get to a stage where I need to print the story and read it on paper. I don’t think I could read an entire novel on my laptop. It’s just not book friendly enough for me. The screen on my phone doesn’t really lend itself to reading a novel on either. No, I wanted an e-reader and after some research, the Kindle won.
So the interesting folk on twitter, with their e-book novels and short stories have brought me into the Kindle world. I’ve just finished a paper back book I bought from Ludlow market (Tess Gerritsen – Call After Midnight) and as well as the Craig Hallam collection: Not Before Bed I have downloaded Seed by one of my Twitter friends – Ania Ahlborn, a horror story that sounds like my kind of book.
I follow other writers on Twitter and I have already started compiling a list of authors and books I want to download. Two of my stories will be published in an e-book anthology soon, so I will be able to download them as well. So much choice. I love it!
I will still buy the odd paper book, but with so many e-books in genres I wouldn’t normally read, I’m looking forward to the new reading experience.
I’d love to hear your views on the e-book revolution. Good or bad?
Thank you for reading.