Joining the 21st Century

Grace Troxel 26 December, 2011 Articles, Lists, and Rants 13 comments

My wonderful parents gave me a Kindle for Christmas!  I’m so excited, and have already been busy loading some books onto it.  It’s a cool toy–as much as I love printed books, the ability to have a purse-sized library is pretty awesome!

I’ve updated my review policy to reflect the fact that I can now accept and review e-books, but with the stipulation that I will only review books that have both a print and electronic version, as I know that not everyone who reads this blog has an e-reader.  I’ll also be able to start using NetGalley for recent books.

Thus far, I’ve loaded a copy of Anne McCaffrey’s “Killashandra” onto it, as well as some Dostoevsky, James Joyce, Mary Shelley, H. G. Wells, and Lovecraft.

Time for some late-night reading!  Happy holidays!


13 Responses to “Joining the 21st Century”

  1. PPPolitics

    Caught your blog by surprise, gladly! I know what you mean about the Kindle! I have an iPad with iBooks on it and as much as I love printed books (and the smell of an old book, strangely) its great being able to have a number of books at your fingertips. It annoys me with the argument that books will die out because of it. That’s totally ridiculous. If anything it provides people with an incentive to “get into reading” more because of it being “cool”. Anyway, you have a great selection of books there! If you get a chance take a read of some Joseph Conrad if you haven’t already. I’m going through a Conrad stage myself right now, along with Evelyn Waugh. They’re both tremendous writers. Merry belated Christmas! :)

    • Grace

      The only Conrad that I’ve read thus far is Heart of Darkness, although it’s been quite some time since I’ve read it. I don’t think that e-books are going to kill print books; I think that they each are appealing for different reasons. I’ve got many print books, and I’ll continue to read them, but I do like the portability of the e-reader, and it’s going to be dangerous when I’m reading fantasy/sci-fi trilogies. :P

  2. cookiejarprincess

    I was hesitant to get a kindle because I’m a fan of books in general. But my mom got me one for my birthday and I love it! It is great for travel too. It’s so much easier to tuck my kindle in my purse than to pack a half dozen books. lol

  3. cookiejarprincess

    I was hesitant to get a kindle at first because I’m a fan of the book in general. But my parents got me one for my birthday in June and I love it. It’s so much easier when you travel too. It’s much easier to pack 100 books on my kindle and tuck it in my purse than to try to cram a half dozen books in my suitcase. lol

    • Grace

      I’m loving it thus far! I generally carry at least two paperbacks in my purse at any given time, and I buy large purses specifically so that they’ll fit books. Carrying a Kindle is going to be significantly less heavy!

  4. Fiona

    I have a Sony Ereader – poor thing I hardly use it but that doesn’t stop the fact I want to get the new Sony Reader which finally comes with Wireless! Maybe another day… I’d actually really like a Nook but they aren’t available in the UK at the moment.

    I really need to get used to the idea of ebooks. I have bought quite a few but I just don’t feel the draw when it comes to reading a book on it.

    • Grace

      I didn’t know at first whether I would or not, but thus far I love it. I just finished reading an Anne McCaffrey book, and it’s all I can do to keep myself from downloading the sequel immediately!

  5. Sam (Tiny Library)

    I’ve had my kindle for almost a year and love it. Net Galley is great but don’t get over-excited and request more than you can possibly read like I did! :P

    Happy reading!

  6. Geoff W

    Don’t forget to check out your local library – a lot are starting to carry kindle books, even though the wait times are often atrocious!

    • Grace

      I’ll definitely look into that, especially since my local library’s used book sale is shutting down permanently.

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