Electronic Books and Paperback Dinosaurs

For all of my three score and ten years I have been an avid reader. I love the feel of a book in my hand and being able to turn the pages. Recently I broke down and bought a Kindle and my delight knows no boundaries! I get to feel something in my hand as I read and flip the pages, leave bookmarks, and build up a library that is always at my fingertips.

Let’s face it—books, like newspapers are rapidly becoming dinosaurs as more and more our culture is going digital. That means, of course, that many different platforms have come into existence recently, so even if your don’t have a Kindle, you can still download and read Amazon Kindle eBooks on your Windows PC, iPhone, Blackberry, or other devices. When paperbacks that used to sell for $4.00 to $9.00 are now priced over $20 each, it’s a (pardon the vernacular) no-brainer when you can download really good reads starting at $0.99!

While living in the Middle East, I wrote and self-published the first two books of what will soon be a trilogy—Veronica and the Cave of the Wind, and Veronica and the New World. At the time I self-published because I was so far away and much too busy to do any marketing of the books. I was aghast when I discovered my print on demand books would cost $23.99. I now have them listed in the Kindle bookshop for $3.99 and $7.99 respectively.

I plan to purchase Kindles for my grandchildren. It disturbs me that so many young people today simply do not know the joy of reading. My guess is that they will get the habit when they have something in their hands with buttons to push instead of paper pages to turn.

Obviously, the printed page is not extinct—it has merely changed its format. By the way, there are a host of classic books now in the public domain. You can get those free. Happy reading.