Sea Change

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    I've been involved in retail book sales for more than a decade, and eBooks have been on the horizon now for nearly all of that time. I think they may have arrived.

    I downloaded the free Kindle software for my phone just to see what it looked like. Then I downloaded a book that I was planning to read anyway, thinking I'd get started on the phone, and later grab the real copy from the coffeeshop to finish it. But I found the reading experience on the phone to be pretty nice, and before I knew it, I'd finished the whole book. And started on another. Four novels in, things look strangely different. It's easy to overlook just how much reading I do in a typical day. Checking news and gadget blogs isn't really a good use of time, but that's what I'd been in the habit of doing when I was waiting in line somewhere, or had 20 minutes of downtime. Since my phone's with me *all the time,* it's been trivially easy to spend that time reading a good book instead.

    (Note: However you go about reading them, I highly recommend Christopher Fowler's Peculiar Crimes Unit mysteries.)

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    1. Candice Compton Robertson 45 months ago | reply

      Pen, I just got a new droid phone this summer. I haven't read any books on it, but I can see how that would be handy. I think I might feel guilty though not reading the hard copy...lol. I'm always saving books from the trash because I feel sorry for them.

    2. emeraldF 45 months ago | reply

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    3. Richard Martin. 42 months ago | reply

      I'm no bookworm, so this sounds really cool! :)

    4. kyt4cat 39 months ago | reply

      Sorry, I'm anti-gadgets at the moment. Those hard copies look waaaaayyyyyy more appealing! I'm not familiar with this series either so I'm definitely headed to the bookstore soon!

      Nice shot too, btw - despite the gadget :-)

    5. wintersweet 24 months ago | reply

      Nice shot and EXCELLENT taste in books (I find they're highly underrated in the US -- they're great for mystery fans and non-fans alike, as well as sff fans despite not officially being sff).

    6. dpmotley 22 months ago | reply

      Great photo and it suits perfectly to my new article. I used it here: ebookpublishingreport.com/ebooks-vs-hardcovers-another-ch... You are credited at the end of the article.
      Please let me know if you are unhappy with the image usage, so I would remove it.

    7. BookGator 17 months ago | reply

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