Talking, Keeping and Downloading Books

Liz Strauss has turned on the comments-microphone on within her latest article, allowing her readers to ‘chat’ about subjects of interest.

Comments vs Chat Line

I often find online-chatting s more about networking than actual conversation. I also find that long-winded responses are often too-late because the conversation can change so quickly in this medium.

Therefore I choose to put my thoughts as one article upon my journal.
The comment I contributed is a shortened version of this article.

Why Take This Step?

The advantage is so I can cross link back to comments within the original conversation, and to external links of interest that enhance the article, plus I can cover all bases of interest.

Whilst others are giving their greetings and salutations, I can write/type (at 60wpm) my story, proofread the content, check for spelling, rearrange the paragraph settings, insert an appropriate image, and hey-presto, I’m done.

The subject today/tonight is ‘eBooks’.

I’ve only occasionally read this style of book. As most have discovered, Google have a collection of eBooks (that interest me) available to scroll through with the flick of a finger.

But I rarely read online. I find the whole process quite tedious and time consuming.

Which explains why I purchased the last ebook I had the good fortune to find. Yes, I convinced the author to put the book onto a book-selling online service (in this case, Lulu.com) and allow me to purchase it.

Sound weird to you? Why buy something when it’s freely available? Let me put this into perspective for you:

Historic Words

A hundred years ago the only form of communication was books. There was no internet, no text-message on little metal devices that everyone carried around. The only method of transferring information easily was in the form of the hand-written word. Penmanship printed on paper.

And it worked. Successfully. It wasn’t until the last thirty-something years that the whole ‘paperless society‘ became a conscious thought, and ‘carbon footprint reduction‘ has only just become a house-hold statement.

I agree with the idea that we reduce the amount of paper used … but nothing should stop a person from printing a book.

U2 Books

Secondly, books are far easier to transport than a electronic reading device. Thirdly, I find the dog-eared book is less likely to break when I heave my bag around on public transport. Fourthly, I can freely give a book to any friend without concern of how it will be returned to me. (Or if ever!)

Whereas a downloaded eBook to my PDA(read: Apple iPod Touch) cannot be left to tumble around in my backpack, nor will I simply hand it over to someone to read a book I downloaded. No, I’d have to find a way to download it to their computer or electronic-device. Whilst I am of the generation that can upload/transfer/email information quickly and easily, it’s often a migraine to teach people this.

I Purchased a Free Download!

Recently I found an eBook of interest. I read through a few chapters online, slowly wearing out my eyesight. Has anyone else noticed that staring at a monitor reduces your blink-rate? Yes, that’s right, you don’t blink as often! Consequently, the human eye ‘dries out’ quicker. Blinking, as I understand the principle, allows our eyes to ‘wet’ themselves, thereby allowing free eyeball movement against the skin it’s held within. A nifty little human evolutionary trick!

Upon noticing that the Author of the book had a comments area for suggesting either changes or ideas, I took the liberty to ask if the book was available to purchase. Apparently it was not, but he had seriously considered the option.

I indicated that if it were, I would purchase it at the next available opportunity.

Within one week I had a response that he had discovered Lulu.com, and that I could make my purchase.

A few days later I became the proud new owner of Mortal Ghost by L.Lee Lowe. Want to download the free version? Yes, you can!

Less Paper, Less Society

Whilst I believe eBooks have a place in our society and they are the way of the future, they should never become the only option.

Real paper-back books need to be part of the future, allowing future generations to remember where it all began, to know what a print-press is, to know how to hand-write information, plus to enjoy the fun of giving someone a book as a gift that they can cherish, read any time, and then pass onto the next generation.

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