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I finally did it!

Friday, October 08, 2010

I love books! New books, old books, tattered books, hard back, paper back, any book. Books have been my solace, my narcotic (yes, I am addicted to reading), my stress relief, my food substitute, my stair step machine pal, and my fount of knowledge! When I was younger, I devoured the classics, authors was my favorite card game, now, I stick mainly to humor and mystery. Give me a good murder and I can fall asleep like a baby.
So, I have resisted e-books with a vengeance! But, with the charge for checking baggage on airlines, I finally did it! You ask what does that have to do with the price of tea in China? Well, I always have to take a minimum of 3 books with me when traveling to cover travel time, lay over time, and with my record, snow time. Ahhhhh, I haven't whined to you about this yet. Just as it ALWAYS rains when I camp, it ALWAYS snows and delays or cancels my flight when I fly! My children refuse to book flights at the same time as any of my trips are planned.
But, I digress! I ordered and have now received a "Nook". I spent hours yesterday hooking it up to my home Wifi. Yes, doctor, I will get that cataract removed before long. The tiny 8s look like Bs and vice versa. Also, I do not text, so my fingers kept slopping over and pushing the wrong letter or number, but I finally managed to get the correct numbers and letters in. I had ordered a couple of e-books at the same time I ordered the Nook, so I immediately could start reading, but I didn't. (You can get free e-books that are older and low cost ones under $5). I put my Nook aside and picked up the book I was reading before and read in bed until I fell asleep!
I will use the Nook when I travel-I will be taking a bus trip to Deadwood, SD later this month and it will be great for that. But, I'm not ready to give up my REAL books, yet! I see that some of the Barnes and Nobles stores are already closing and that more e-books are being sold than real books. How sad! I'm not always sure that progress is all it's cracked up to be. That's the old lady in me, I guess!
Now it's off to the stair step machine, then some serious house cleaning since my son is coming for the long weekend!
Have a happy Friday, Sparkies!
PS When I ran spell check, it wanted me to change Sparkies to Sparklers-what do you think? Someday I am going to make all the changes spell check wants and post a really silly blog! It thinks Wifi should be wife!
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    I also love books! I love to read and I love having books in the house; I think they make any room feel warmer. And I have been resisting the electronic books so far. You'll have to report back on how much you like it after a while.

    I suppose those of us who complain about the new technology that will eventually eliminate paper bound books could be compared to those ancients who complained about missing the feel of stone - and its permanence.

    Yesterday, while walking to a book store here in Manchester, Vermont, I saw a piece of stone embedded in the sidewalk. On it was inscribed, "Nothing is written in stone."

    Enjoy your weekend!

    2720 days ago
    I'm happy for you that you have this new contraption. I, too, travel with at least three books. I think the e-books will be fantastic for kids in schools. I saw a piece about one high school giving all their students something similar so text books are obsolete. All their text books are on their hand held devices (no need for those ridiculously heavy book bags). Let us know how you like it... I personally believe in having a relationship with my books -ha, I underline, highlight, write in the margins, dog ear the pages. You can tell the texts I've loved 'cause they show the visible signs of use.

    I have done some major (much needed) cleaning after the past couple of weeks of feeling so sick. Windows all open, floors scrubbed and sheets changed. I know you're looking forward to a wonderful weekend with your son...

    Hope it's beautiful emoticon

    2721 days ago
    Yeah!!!! Enjoy your Nook in the best of health!! A few months ago, I bought a Kindle, but I haven't really read all that much on it. It's impossible to "flip" through a book with a Kindle, and if you're reading non-fiction with lots of charts, the print is impossibly small to read. But all in all, I love the crisp clarity of the text on the screen. Never realized before how the nimbleness involved in texting might make one more accurate at using the various buttons, but how true! I'm not a texter, either. Like you, Carol, I'm still reading conventionally produced library books, too. Isn't the ease of downloading a new book just amazing, though? I love it! You make me want to get back into reading. Where does the time go? Enjoy that trip to Deadwood - WOW! Hope we'll get to see pictures... emoticon - Sandi emoticon
    2721 days ago
    I have not yet gone electronice with my reading...I am still loving the feel of the real books..but i have eyed the electronice devices and wondered about whether or not I would enjoy one. I am just not convinved yet to go that way....but probably will get a kindle some day. Let me know how you like yours and I will decide if it is worthwhile for me to go that way as you are a book lover too.
    2721 days ago
    Ah, technology! Enjoy the Nook and have a great weekend! HUGS!
    2721 days ago
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