By the pace of today’s digital everything development, I arrived pretty late into this revolution, only having purchased my now unputdownable Kindle (keyboard) wi-fi eReader, in late 2011. What a piece of kit!
Many times before purchase I came close to doing so, but for one reason or another seemed always, to put it off. However, being someone who really enjoys reading; when my partner purchased a Nook eReader and my daughter was given the gift of a Sony eReader, I felt as if I had been left behind, in another century.
From the moment I started to use my Kindle eReader, I understood immediately, why and how things had changed so utterly and so fast, in the wonderful world of books.
Once I had set up my Kindle, the consummate ease with which I could access the Amazon Book Store, search through their thousands of titles and download my chosen book was just amazing. Not alone was I impressed with the slickness of the entire book review and acquisition process, but I was also particularly impressed by the price arrangements which ranged form $0.00 to, well double dollar figures, depending on which book type you were looking for.
Yes, you could populate your entire Kindle eReader library with $0.00 books. Now, where in the world, could you walk into any Bricks and Mortar Book Store and bring home even one, $0.00 book to grow your library, let alone dozens. Don’t get me wrong here. I am not suggesting for a single moment that writers should be expected to slave away for long periods of time producing excellent works only to eventually give them away free. Most of the books available free on Amazon are those which have long since run out of copyright, or those books which their authors have decided, for a limited time only, to give away free as, promotional offerings.
The eReader revolution has given impetus to the parallel revolution of the Independent Writer. Talent, which otherwise would have struggled to brake through the often times barrier of big publishing, is now filtering through at a pace on to eBook shelves. Admittedly, there is still much work to be done on the quality side of things, with some extraordinarily shoddy and poor value offerings emerging. However, it is my belief that discerning eBook readers through appropriate reviews will eventually force most of the chancers out of the picture.
My eReader’s current library is a mostest one, comprising twenty five books covering such diverse subjects as: photography, poetry, writing, travel, social media, military history and crime. Twenty five percent of my library was available free and one book was gifted to me via Amazon which means that I have so far purchased nineteen eBooks.
Once on the Kindle eReader (or your eReader of choice), the flexibility and convenience which one has in organising and searching one’s personal library is really impressive; folders to classify and organise your volumes; seamless search capability per single book, or your entire library; ease in generating electronic book marks; instant explanation of the meaning of a word via the internal dictionary and indeed when you might like to take a short break from reading, a text to voice facility to read the book to you. Who would not want the convenience of an eReader? Luddites I hear you say. Ok. I’ll grant you that.
The scale of this revolution has been far reaching. I remember well, during my daughter’s school days, when she used to sling a ridiculously heavy school bag on to her shoulders every day and lug it a fair distance to the local School. Now, the light and ultra portable eReader with its ePaper, which can be read with ease and without glare even out doors, could potentially carry all the text books which a student may need. Indeed iPads are now being introduced to many schools as convenient one stop shops for all texts. Wonderful progress!
Will eReaders completely kill off conventional books? Not in my opinion. Conventional books, and in particular tastefully bound hard backs, have an aesthetic. They are nice objects in themselves. Apart from being carriers of knowledge, books of any kind, arranged neatly on book shelves can reveal a lot about the interests of their owners and become useful conversation points during social gatherings.
So, if the clothes maketh the person then the book maketh the mind.
The question has often been asked; if you were stranded on a desert island (and assuming you had food and water) what one thing would you want most? You have guessed it. My choice would an eReader, with a big enough library on board so that I could educate myself to Doctorate level, in between bouts of learning to swim that is.
One of the books in my eLibrary is entitled:
By one: Samuel G Bayne; an American who travelled the world extensively during the early part of the 20th Century.
It’s a mini social history of those lovely locations and some more, in which Samuel brings the reader along on an engaging and quaintly described tour in the north east of Ireland in 1902. Imagine; ten years before the ill fated Titanic slipped beneath the icy waters of the north Atlantic.
So, if you are an American and you love to travel, why not have a read of what your fellow countryman Sam Bayne had to say about his travels in one corner of the Treasure Island which is Ireland. Better still, why not arrange for 2013 to re-trace Sam’s steps within Ireland and maybe a little further too. Check out our: Year of the Gathering invitation to all, to visit during 2013.
Readers who may be intrigued by the image displayed on the Kindle eReader at the head of this article may wish to visit Dublin’s Phoenix Park, and carry out their own investigation.
Do you love your eReader? What are the eBook genres you enjoy reading most? Are you an enthusiastic traveller? Would you like to be a modern day Sam Bayne and re-trace his steps in Ireland in 2013?
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