There is something I must admit, I enjoy technology and do like to play with the latest cool toys out there (I think there is a geek lurking inside me). I have a Samsung Galaxy tablet and have purchased many stories from fellow indie writers. While I enjoy reading the wonderful stories on the tablet, there is something to be said about holding and reading a physical book.
A few weekends back, a wet and woolly one despite the fact is supposed to be spring, my sister and I went to an independent bookstore, Crow Books. Not many around but this one is great and holds titles you don’t usually see in a franchise bookstore, Kmart, Big W or supermarkets. It was nice to browse around, pick up books, read the blurbs and move onto the next one that catches your interest. I know I should be plugging eBooks, heck four of my short stories are published for eReaders! Needless to say, I love print version of books.
I purchased The Egyptian Book of the Dead and Tom Holland’s Rubicon. Both of which I am looking forward to read plus the other dozen or so I have sitting on my bookshelf. Ancient Egypt has always fascinated me and one day would love to go to Egypt. Recently our museum had a number of artefacts, mummies and sarcophagi’s, borrowed from the British Museum, called the Afterlife exhibition. It was quite fun too. We were given a card each with information on a person or god and while you walked around you matched up your card with what was on display. At the end we had to weigh our hearts. Good news, my heart passed the test.
I do wonder if books will withstand the onslaught of technology, and one day cease to exist. I hope that doesn’t happen, I think it’s important for future generations to at least have the opportunity to go into a bookstore, browse and purchase books. That is an experience you cannot get with eBooks. I know they are convenient especially if you go on holidays or commute to work. Lugging books in your suitcase can get tiresome, also you want space to hold your purchases and for that reason eReaders are great. You can carry a library in your hand luggage and with one click or two, you’re reading.
What are your thoughts? Do you prefer to read eBooks or a hard copy?
Just a little exciting news to share with you, I am about to release the short stories as a collection in paperback. I have proofs sitting on my desk. What an awesome feeling it is to hold MY book.