I was a Kindle hold-out for a couple years, I confess.
I had a debilitating devotion to paper and ink and I just didn’t want to give them up. I only wanted books with pages, thank you very much, and I ardently rubbed away any interest in an e-reader the moment it popped up.
But when you are in the book industry, you simply cannot ignore the signs of the industry’s times. You can ignore it if you are a reader, but not if you are a writer. And the fact is, e-books are the way in which we are headed. Just like cave drawings gave way to papyrus and papyrus gave way to paper, paper is giving way to digital. You can still read books on cave walls if you want to, but you can’t write one on a cave wall and expect anyone will read it.
All that is to say, I got a Kindle for Christmas last year, after hinting that I was ready to give it a try, and am flabbergasted by how much I love it. I can take fifty books with me wherever I go. I can get a book in seconds, if I need it. Case in point: When I finished reading Catching Fire, the second in the Hunger Games trilogy, at midnight, I nearly hyperventilated as I frantically clicked buttons on my Kindle to buy the third one so I could begin reading it at 12:01. Which I did.
I can fit my Kindle in my purse. I can make notes. I can highlight. I can do everything I did with paper books except loan them to friends – and I think the day is coming when that will change, too.
And the really wonderful thing about e-books for me personally is, my Out-Of-Print early books are finding new life in the electronic book format. Blue Heart Blessed, a fun romantic sorta-comedy that I loved writing and which has been out of print for more than a year, is now back in circulation as an e-book with Greenbrier Books. Three more of my OOP books will be available in the coming months via Greenbrier. And that’s happy news for me.
If you haven’t bought an e-reader yet, I totally get why you haven’t. If you have, may I suggest Blue Heart Blessed (the e-book) for the incredibly low, everyday price of $2.99? If you haven’t read it, and you love a love story, I think you will enjoy it.
I plan to blog again tomorrow. Yes, on a Tuesday! Something big is happening tomorrow…
See you then.