Kage Baker wanted a Kindle during her last year. But she hated being an unpaid beta tester, so she watched and queried our several friends who essayed the leap in to ebooks. collecting data and making up her mind. That last months, she preferred to be read to – nobody had an audio playback yet on an ereader, so we went for the old-fashioned approach: I read to her.
Besides, she was really into Jeeves and Wooster around then, and she liked the way I did the accents. A soprano can be very expressive of upper-class British idiocy.
However, in the last few days, as we were finally beginning to sensibly discuss some long-range plans – ie, I was in denial and Kage was making plans for me – one of the things she told me was: “Get a Kindle or you’re going to drown in books. I know you, kiddo.”
And she was correct. One of my only physical indulgences this last year and a half has been books. And they are, yes, taking over; and while Kimberly is very patient with me, well – she has her own books stacked on tables and chairs and counter-tops and slow-moving cats … book hoarding only works well when only one person in the house does it. And I moved from a house where two people indulged, to this one where now four of us are guilty … the tide is rising remorseless and we be caught on a lee shore …
So today I have been spending a good deal of time researching available ereaders. I am almost sure it’s gonna be a Kindle, now; I’ve downloaded both Kindle and Nook apps to my desktop, for some hands-on experimentation, and have been trying out all sorts of the free books to see how it all works. It’s cool, so cool! I am hooked; I just have to decide which brightly coloured plastic insect appeals to my fishy hunger most.
Then tomorrow I will go forth an acquire it, and spend a happy Saturday buying books that don’t take up any space. He he he … what a futuristic delight! And Kage, who dearly loved techno toys, would be terribly pleased.
So I am off to more roaming through the evolving garden of print options, Dear Readers. This modern stuff is really pretty nifty. I can already see more of my desk!