Archive for February, 2011

I like the feel of a paperback. No ebook for me!

Yeah right, you’re going to stick just to paperbacks. I use to feel the same way. In fact, I still haven’t read an entire book in digital format (called eBooks). But, isn’t those pdf files the same thing? Haven’t you read manuals and instructions using a free version of Adobe Reader? Yep. Same thing.

I’ve been looking at JA Konrath’s blog site and he has some hilarious ways of putting it when it comes to eBooks versus Print Books. Some people think that the Printed book will always be around, that eBooks will not surpass them. Well… after reading this, I kinda changed my mind. Here’s one of J.A. Konrath’s beliefs.

I want a tangible product.

Me too. I have over five thousand books. I love owning them. I love how they look on the shelf. I love perusing my library.

But I’ll be honest here. I used to have over a thousand cassette tapes. I loved owning them. I loved how they looked on the shelf. I loved perusing my music library.

Then CDs came along, and I repeated the love affair.

Eventually I got my first iPod.

I don’t even own a CD or cassette player anymore.

I still love to own. But now I own digital files. I still love to persuse my music library. Except now I do it on iTunes.

Tangible is only a state of mind…

Basically, we all adapt (resistance is futile!) and we let go of the old and learn the new. But, you know, things are going much too fast for me, or am I just becoming another parent who will need their kids to help them stay in touch with today’s society. I swear I’m getting Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with all of this multitasking, as well as alzheimer’s. I swear I am! One second my mouth is open because I just thought of something else, and the next second I forgot what I was just going to say.

So, am I going to get a Kindle? Probably not. Though I did download Amazon’s free computer software to read Kindle books. For me, I think, a Kindle would only work when I take an airplane flight and that will definitely replace two books and a few magazines, leaving me with more room. However, I just might get a decent size Smartphone, Android, iPhone, Xoom whatchamacallits and download the free Kinder app for my new cell phone and use that. That would be one less charger, battery, screen, equipment thingy that I would have to carry. I mean, currently, I have my work laptop, my work cell phone, my personal cell phone, a laptop bag, and lunch bag to carry with me to and from work Monday thru Friday. I feel like a bag lady! Hit it Erykah Badu!

Bag lady you gone hurt your back
Dragging all them bags like that
I guess nobody ever told you
All you must hold on to
Is you, is you, is you

Heh. Heh.

Sorry, been learning html blockquotes for this post, but I still can’t figure out how to get the darn spacing out between my paragraphs. It has something to do with “blockquote p” but it’s not working. Okay. Whatever.

Oh.

See. Mind wondered off to something else and because of that, it took me 3 hours to write this little post.

Well, back to JA Konrath. Take a look at the blog posts below. I think you’ll find them very convincing and amusing.

Until next time… I’ll continue to sing my bag lady song…

In Defense of Print
You can Pry My Paper Books from My Cold, Dead Fingers
Print is Eternal
How Not to Write a Story

Ohh…That last link I need to write a blog on…

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