You may well ask what impact Kindles, relatively late arrivals in the decades of my life, could have on my alphabetical autobiography, and I’m glad you did.
I was given the massively thick Far Pavilions, by M M Kaye, when I was pregnant and although I enjoyed reading it, the bump (known as Trubshaw) objected strenuously to having the heavy book rested on his (we thought) head, and kicked furiously. No worries, I thought, I’ll take it into hospital. Not knowing, at that stage, that my arms would be like spaghetti and my ability to concentrate almost zero. As a book that weighs nearly 5 pounds isn’t something you can carry in your handbag and dip into whenever you have a few minutes free, it was a goodish while before I finally finished it and for pure physical comfort I haven’t liked very heavy books since.
I resisted the idea of kindles from the start – the price, not being able to turn the pages, being left without something to read if the battery failed – until I epublished my first book. I thought I’d be able to read it on my computer. Ha. I ended up buying a 2nd hand kindle on eBay.
That was only a couple of months ago, but I am now a fervent supporter. Far Pavilions? Bring it on. Harry Potter, pah, I could carry the whole series in my handbag. I AM carrying the whole Lucia series, and what a treat that is, now, if I suddenly find myself having to wait – for a friend, or at a railway station, or an airport – I have 15 books at least to dive into, from novellas for 2 hours distraction, up to a 10 hour marathon. I do, and always will, prefer printed books, but this is so much better an option than I had ever realised.
I’m now starting to replace some of my older books – the ones read so often they are falling apart – with kindle versions, and I love that I can increase the print size when I’m tired, or when the light isn’t great. I keep an eye on the freebies, and 99c books as well, and often take a chance on them – in fact without spending more than a couple of quid at any one time, I’ve got a whole smorgasbord to try, and can replenish it while I’m on holiday, anywhere in the world.
So you could say that K for kindles also represents stubbornly-held prejudices which need re-examining, because I have no idea where else I’d be able to shoehorn those into this alphabetical autobiography and I need to remind myself – often – that because I’ve believed something for a long time does not automatically mean I’m right.
I love me Kindle Fire so much i got my wife a Paper White for Christmas. She reads with it all the time. How many books have you e-published? Are you happy with the experience and your results?
2 books and 1 short story, and apart from not shooting to the top of the Kindle best-selling list – which is quite unaccountable – yes I’ve been happy. I have learned so much in the last 4 months that my head spins. I should never have been allowed to publish my first book in its original format, and I’d like to see some quality checks in place to stop new writers wasting that vital first impression with newbie errors, but maybe in time will meet up with like-minded writers and create a kind of club so that we check each other’s books, promote each other’s books, and our joint output has much more credibility. That’s the plan, anyway 🙂
I wish you weel in this pursuit. I know what you mean about first tries. My outcome was less public. I found out about the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award with too short a time period, but I cranked out the last third of a mystery novel and entered. Mercifully my pitch wasn’t strong enough to take me on where I could have embarrassed myself.
I fought against getting a Kindle for a long time, but when I did it changed my reading. Not only with being able to read books I couldn’t otherwise read as they weren’t out in any other format. I like that every book whether a 200 page shorty or a meaty 600+ epic weigh the same. Easier to hold and like you say, you can carry hundreds of books around in one easy case.
Lovely post here! I also resisted the Kindle – never ever never. BOOKS only. But of course I have one and I love it. Still love my books of course and get them from the library mostly. But as you say we’ve added nog ‘n element. I have so much great stuff on my Kindle. It’s survived falling in the bath nog al. Will put yours on shortly .. am sure I can find details on your blog? Will check it out. 🙂
I agreed with you on the initial rebellion of e-books. I also thought that way about tv’s, microwaves and computers and cell phones. I have all of the above now, and I am working on a podcast with a friend who does really good work on them, even though she is new to it. So yes, we old dogs can learn new tricks!
I cannot imagine carrying around a five pound book! Wow! no wonder Trubshaw rebelled:)
I had the same prejudice about reading on a Kindle; I went on about the feel of a real book, the joy of sitting in my office/library just admiring the books lined up on the shelves and even about the smell of books from secondhand bookshops. At her request, I bought an early Kindle as a gift for one of my daughters and declared that she was welcome to it, declining all her offers to lend it to me so I could at least try it once. Now I’m not only the proud owner of a Kindle Paperwhite but hoping to follow in your footsteps and epublish later this year. This is a great post.
Ooh, good luck with the ebook! And it isn’t as if we’ve lost all the wonderful sensory side of books, we’ve just added one more element 🙂
I have a veritable library on my iPad, which has both Kindle and Nook apps. I never thought I’d change from “real” books to electronic ones, but I’m hooked. Love your post!!
Thank you! We’re a stubborn bunch 🙂