I’m not sure when it happened, but at some point technology left me behind. I still can’t play those first-person video games without getting dizzy and confused. On those rare occasions when I want to record a television program, I use videotape. I despise cell phones, though I do begrudgingly admit they have their uses. (During my recent trip to New Orleans I sent my very first text message!) I still buy CD’s from time to time.
And ever since I started reading articles about the demise of print books, I have been doing my part to keep the industry afloat. This is partly because I love books and love to read. But it’s also because, now that I am writing books myself, I want an actual physical product at the end of the process. Something I can hold and put on my shelf and gaze at and pet and caress and show to my cat.
The problem is that I am drowning in books. Simple as that. Something had to be done.
So I finally went over to the dark side and bought a Kindle. I didn’t actually do any market research to try to decide between the Kindle and the Nook and whatever the hell else is out there. Everyone I know with a Kindle likes it and that was good enough for me. Also, at $140 they’re not terribly expensive. Given the number of books I buy I suspect it will pay for itself pretty quickly.
I will almost certainly be buying more books now that I have a Kindle. The thought of having to find shelf space for print books has been one of the main things restraining me from buying even more than I do. I suspect it promotes faster reading, too. With a print book you measure things in pages, which can be formidable if the print is small. But now I will be measuring things in screens, and you can always plow through a few more of them.
Does anyone know if there’s a way of creating folders and directories? For example, maybe I’ll want to put my fiction in one folder and my non-fiction in another. It won’t be long before I have a pretty long list of downloads, and I fear it will become annoying if I have to scroll through the whole list to find what I want. I’ve only gone through a small part of the instruction manual so far. I also have to keep reminding myself that it’s not a touch screen. I keep trying to select things by putting my finger on them.
The first book I downloaded? Take a wild guess.