|Li'l ol' Kindle. Got bunch of books inside little machine|
How many of you have bookshelves that look like an explosion in a bible factory? Pages everywhere, books askew, stacks of volumes on the floor so high you can't see what's in your bookshelves. Me neither. At least not at the moment, but I have certainly had times like that. Fortunately I've now added bookshelves on every free wall in the house. No, really there are no more free walls for more bookcases. The really bad news is the shelves I do have are 95% full. Mostly with my books. It's sad. What will I do?
|My really big bookcase full of lots of books and little room to wiggle.|
|Corner bookcase with books and stuff. Look, there's some space (but I think it belongs to Lorri.)|
|It's a good thing it wasn't the Hundred and Ten years war because I don't have room for the extra decade.|
|Wargaming Bookcase looks pretty full. I might be able to squeeze in an extra set of rules or so.|
But there's hope. Casey, not a reader, passed along his Kindle to his mom, not reading much recently. Seeing it unhappily laying around by itself I decided I needed to experiment with it. A few weeks ago I downloaded a collection of Edgar Rice Burroughs stories for a buck and a half, and I've spent the last three days reading "At the Earth's Core," one of his Pellucidar stories. I have to say it was a very pleasant reading experience. Casey also purchased a very nice cover for the little machine with a nice, lightweight book light. The most attractive part of the Kindle, however, is that it stores books and therefore I don't have to search for space to house mine.
That doesn't mean that everything is roses. Kindle editions of books are not cheap. In fact it isn't unusual for electronic versions of books to cost more through Amazon than the print versions. Case in point. I have seen Reza Aslan, the Iranian author and commentator, on television a number of times commenting on his books. One of those that interests me is No God, But God, on Islam and fundamentalism. I bought the Kindle version because I really wanted to give it a whirl. The cost was $11.66. The print version was under $10. There are many ways to spend piles of money on your Kindle, downloading magazines and blogs, which you might otherwise be able to access for free. Caution: black hole of outward cash flow ahead.