I take my library to bed. I never leave home without it. Seven hundred books aren’t heavy. They fit in my purse. I started reading e-books the end of 2010. I was resistant in the beginning. I had a paper-book library big enough to wander through and after working on the computer all day, I wanted to pluck books off my shelves and thumb through the pages, not click or swipe on a reading device.
My reading life changed the day I received notice that a book I put on hold months before was ready for pickup. I dropped whatever I was doing and headed to the library.
I showed my husband. “What?” he asked. I pointed out the obvious and he read a paragraph out loud without moving off his side of the bed. I scowled and he shrugged and suggested checking out the large-print version.
I bought a Kindle instead. When it arrived, I went online to buy ‘the’ book that brought me into the e-book world and it wasn't available. That’s right. I bought a 150 dollar Kindle and the 10 dollar book I wanted to read on it wasn't an e-book. However disappointing, it wasn't long before it became one and I learned the e-book world was far bigger than font size.
Digital publishing is an evolving and growing industry. It has opened the doors for indie authors. New voices are being heard all over the world. Voices from the past are a download away. At Project Gutenberg, 3 million books are downloaded each month.
But what would a life be without paperbacks and hardcovers? What would a town be without a library? What would a night out be without a bookstore? We don’t have to choose. We can have it all. Paper books or digital, no one can have too many.
Have you gone digital? What convinced you? If not, think you’ll give digital a try someday?
This week March 3-9 is: Read an e-Book Week. Visit their website for information about the e-book industry and reading devices, author info and resources for readers.
Download all the free books you want year round at Project Gutenberg, a partner for Read an e-Book Week. Project Gutenberg Website
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Kate Thompson's novella, "The Asteroid's Daughter and the Serpent Handler's Son" is one of the 13 stories in New Halem Tales Secrets: 13 Stories from 5 NW Authors. Find more about the e-book at the New Halem Tales Website. Kate is currently working on her second novel, Tied by Water, and a third, A Family of Forgetters. She is enthralled by treasure hunter stories and pirates, pioneer women, UFOs and Bigfoot. More about Kate on her author page.