Yeah, so I’m still pretty beat after this past weekend’s Adepticon, and the old Empty Digital Headache hasn’t quite shaken order out of these scattered thoughts. With that in mind, let’s take a left turn and talk books.
Heck, I’ll even throw in a Black Library review!
I’m a voracious reader; a trait, I suspect, shared by many of you. Gamers have imagination – we’re absolutely riddled with it – and science fiction and fantasy fuel that like nothing else. From about the 7th grade on, I’d smuggle in a paperback and sit in the back of the class, reading. Doubt the textbook covering it fooled the teachers, but they seemed content to leave well enough alone.
My appetite waned these last fews years. I’d wander the aisles at Hastings, trying to find something original, something worthwhile. Sure, there’s always something new – but to my mind it doesn’t seem like it was anything great. I kinda felt like I’d read everything that might possibly hold my interest past Chapter 2. Recently, the Kindle Fire changed all that.
I love this thing. I love this thing!
I really can’t stress it enough. It’s met my needs then some, and there’s never once been the, “Gosh, wish I would have held out for the iPad!” The Fire is simply great. It’s supported by Amazon, a service I’ve never had complaints with, and it’s fair the whole thing has ignited my addiction to fiction (heh!) like a firestorm.
Some of you are thinking you couldn’t stand to use an e-book reader. Some of you are thinking it’s not the same thing, and a tablet couldn’t possibly replace the feeling of a book in your hand, the sense of ownership you feel when you put the finished book on a shelf.
Where it collects dust. Look, I was that person, and resisted the change for a long time, but suffice it to say it’s lazy thinking. An e-book reader isn’t as good, it’s better.
Much, much better. The eye strain is gone; backlight is nice! You can read faster; turning pages is so last millennium! Mostly though, it’s nice to browse through Amazon hunting down the perfect book; it’s like the best library ever, or a mega-sized Hastings where you sit sipping coffee while scantily clad attendants (your choice of gender, for all the Unicorns out there) serve up authors and titles you’ve never heard of.
Sorry, I channeled some Gor there for a moment. The less said about that, the better. Point is, the Kindle Fire is a great e-book reader, but if the iPad or Nook is your thing, fine.
I suppose you could still do paperback.
|Okay, so not really Unicorns in the sense I use it… but this picture is too freaky not to pass on.|