e book

the problem with ebooks is that you can’t buy them second hand from charity shops.
you can’t lend to a friend.
i’ve downloaded a few free ones but it’s difficult to use a receipt as a bookmark, it keeps sliding off of the touchscreen. they’re deleted now.

Here are most of the paper books currently in my humble library;



28 thoughts on “e book”

  1. Actually, some eBooks are designed to be shared. It depends on the author’s choice, but some of them give permission for the eBook to be shared. Though, I can’t tell if you’re joking because of the bookmark comment.

    1. if an ebook can be shared then it redeems itself a little πŸ™‚
      the bookmark comment was just to lighten the mood πŸ™‚
      if a book was worth reading and Only available as an ebook, i would be a little upset ( unless written by an up n coming author such as those i meet in wordpress)
      i can’t imagine an ebook lasting two hundred years (neither will most modern paperbooks due to cheaper/recycled paper and cheaper ink that smudges).
      it would be my luck to find an enjoyable ebook and then lose the Tablet πŸ™‚

      1. As one of those up-n-coming authors, I have to agree with you. I do have a paperback option through Amazon-Createspace, but they over price it to $10. Nobody knows me, so it’s unlikely that it would be bought at that level. A .99 cent eBook comes off as being worth the risk for an unknown author. I know for me and other authors that I talk to, the big goal is a publishing contract where we have the paperback as the central product and not the eBook.

        1. 99 cents is very reasonable, thats charity shop prices πŸ™‚
          i wouldn’t pay 10 dollars unless i was looking forward to the book, (Children of Hurin (hardback) was Β£15, my most expensive purchase) am a scrooge mcduck hehehe
          i guess the end goal for an author is for people to read the words and perhaps make a profit or even break even πŸ™‚

    1. books hold more than words, they hold clues to the previous readers, smudges etc
      and the smell of old fashioned paper and ink is quite interesting πŸ™‚ esp from before the WW2 era πŸ™‚

        1. thanks for taking a look πŸ™‚ English Language is brilliant, it’s a tiny little essay booklet printed in the 1920’s πŸ™‚
          some of the books are just cannon fodder, given to me by well wishers.
          my favourites are shown in the blog ’10 authors i like’ πŸ™‚
          although it is restricted to ten, lol

    1. The Animal Wife was mindblowing the first time i read it.
      the author is a naturalist if i remember, spending time with many tribes and bedouins,
      i must admit that i find it harder to read novels lately as i succumb to daydreaming far too easily, re-reading the same profound paragraphs, lol.
      The author writes with such a nonchalant knowledge and empathy or sympathy in the situations.
      i think the book is based in the prehistoric Siberian/asian long grass plains, telling of the struggles of tradition and family ties, and the perception of outsiders and new concepts.
      in fact, i think it may have influenced the poem where i wrote of Snow on The Straw Roof.

      1. Now, you made me want to grab my wallet and go on a book shopping spree !
        This just sounds like a read I would insanely enjoy ! The history and knowledge of an author who spent time with tribes and bedoiuns could enver be a disappointing one. I have been looking for book reads and now I have got a full fledged list. thank you, thank you πŸ™‚
        See, I thought I was the only one being paranoid about my memory lapses. I had been raving about it for almost an age now 😦 How do you remedy it ! Hope you have found a way by now πŸ™‚
        I will definitely read that one. I know it will be thrilling !

        1. memory is a strange thing πŸ™‚
          fascination is the main driver of my memory, possibly πŸ™‚
          it’s easy to remember a great story of years ago, even tho’ it’s easy to forget where i left my bike in town πŸ™‚

          1. Now this is what matters then ! And you are a winner πŸ™‚
            I am following in your league though. I don’t even remember putting my eye glasses somewhere a minute before, but I remember the story of Roots by heart and TLOR πŸ™‚ Soemthing we share.
            Regards and blessings dear Gary,

            1. Lotr pales in comparison to his Silmarillion or Children of Hurin, such beauty and sadness, even at the same time.
              it turns out that the Whole story, from first Age to third Age is all part of the great song of Eru/Illuvitar the Creator.
              Even when the dark Lords try to destroy the Great Theme, they are but mere instruments within it πŸ™‚
              and to think that sections, such as the tale of Beren and Luthien, he wrote as a poetic Lay or great poem as long as a normal book πŸ™‚

              Roots, i will one day read as i haven’t since i was too young to realise it’s importance.

              1. That really does sound complicated and elaborate ! I am looking forward to read it then. Composition of such stature requires immense knowledge on the author’s part and it seems interesting enough of a line to compose a whole book on because if LOTR pales in comparison to something, it better be beyond brilliant.
                Once you start reading it, it just becomes part of you. I delved in Kunta’s world, despised the things he did not like and just felt the pang of his hurts. A new for me as this was the first real book I had read after LOTR. Amazing ! It does get stretched at some times but that I saw as a necessary requirement as without the detailing, the story would have lost its furnished background.
                Regards πŸ™‚

                1. same with the silmarillion, in that it does go on and on πŸ™‚ i’m not denying it’s a difficult book, almost ‘biblical’ in it’s ideas and vision, took me a couple of stops and re-reads to begin to understand it, which puts people off, but the reward is too great πŸ™‚

                  i quite often put off reading certain books, knowing that they may be too profound, i know that when i eventually read Roots i will be in the right mindset.
                  for years i refused to read Of Mice And Men until last year,
                  i’m glad i eventually read it for it hit me in a lot of ways, how would i have dealt with those situations?
                  And Roots being based on terrible truth, will be all the more hardhitting, i am sure

                  1. I had been a book leech. Couldn’t put a book down unless and until I had devoured it. Not anymore though, may be an age thing or interest thing !
                    You are right. When you will read it eventually, you will be in the right mindset ! true ! Most books need that to be savored for the beauty they hold.
                    Another book I have not heard of. I sure have been missing out in a lot of reads :/ What is the theme of it? Can Google it but that will lose its charm.
                    Regards πŸ™‚

                    1. Of mice and men; an american short story i think set during The Great Depression, anyway, it tells of these two men, one mentally impaired and the other his reluctant helper, the first is always causing problems due to misunderstanding things and panicking in a childlike way, but with the strength of a farm labourer, and the second is always having to calm things or get them away fast before they’re lynched.
                      my review is rubbish because i’ve only read it the once but
                      i felt i was there, i have a friend with autism of some kind and have had to defend him fairly often, which can be tiring. i could understand the confusion of the first and the frustration of the second.

                      and then the ending comes and i have to ask myself…what would i have done?.

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